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Drinking age

Picture this: a young man from Kershaw County graduates at the top of his high school class and turns down academic college scholarship offers in favor of joining the Navy and pursuing his dream of becoming a Seal, the most elite fighting corps. He makes it through the rigorous training, attains his dream and distinguishes himself in combat during two tours of duty in the Middle East. He comes home on leave to propose to his high school sweetheart, votes in a local election and then goes to a local restaurant with some old buddies, where he can't buy ...

November 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Nov. 10, 2014

• There wasn't much but political news during the last week or so, what with an election, the campaigning leading up to it and some post-election follow-up. That doesn't mean there wasn't anything else to talk about. Perhaps the biggest non-political story found the Camden High School (CHS) football team celebrating its re-entry into the playoffs following an appellate panel's reversal of an executive committee's upholding of a S.C. High School League (SCHSL) administrator's ban on post-season and 2015 jamboree games. Whew. While some might argue for a "hand of one is the hand ...

November 10, 2014 | | Editorials


The election

Voters across the country stormed to the polls Tuesday to throw Democrats out of office. That might be a harsh way of putting it, but it's exactly what happened. The Republican Party, passed off as all but dead six years ago when President Obama was elected, gained control of both houses of Congress by increasing its margin in the House and gaining several seats in the Senate. And as South Carolina's own Sen. Lindsey Graham said after winning a resounding re-election, voters will throw the GOP out in two years if they don't accomplish something in Washington ...

November 07, 2014 | | Editorials


Moving forward

This is being written prior to Tuesday night's election returns, so with results unknown, we can only voice our hope that following the tallying of the votes, this country's leaders will do more to move the nation forward than they have in the past. The constant wrangling of past years has left voters irritated and worried about the direction of the United States. Indeed, a national news story noted that despite some good signs -- including an economy that's improving, though slowly, and gas prices below $3 a gallon for the first time in four years -- there is ...

November 05, 2014 | | Editorials


Fine Arts Center

A Columbia art gallery owner recently accused the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County of censorship for removing two paintings from a show featuring three Columbia artists. We have a different take.

November 03, 2014 | | Editorials


Cancer screening

We wrote recently of a change in the way KershawHealth is managing its emergency department, sending seriously threatened patients to one area for immediate, vital care while directing others who are less ill to be treated in a non-emergency system. It's cost-effective, but also provides quality care for both types of patients.

October 31, 2014 | | Editorials


Express Care

One of the problems with the expense of health care is the fact that many people tend to use a hospital's emergency room as their primary care facility, going there with normal ailments such as flu and severe colds. Emergency room care is expensive -- too costly to be used in that way. KershawHealth is no different than other hospitals in that regard, and the decision to "split" the emergency department there is a sound one.

October 29, 2014 | | Editorials


Your vote, your choice

Today, the Chronicle-Independent begins a series of articles summarizing the candidates and issues that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, one week from Tuesday. Perhaps the most contentious race isn't between candidates but between "yes" and "no" on two referenda offered by the Kershaw County School District.

October 27, 2014 | | Editorials


Power, divided

We've always believed the United States government works best when power is divided -- that is, with a president from one party and a Congress controlled by the opposite party. As of now, of course, we have a Democratic president and a split Congress, with the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans and the Senate dominated by Democrats. There are multiple forecasting models out there for the upcoming election, with most of them giving the GOP a better-than-even chance of gaining a majority in the Senate while retaining control of the House.

October 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Football brawl

What should have been a celebration of a sturdy football win by Camden High School (CHS) turned into an ugly incident Friday night at Zemp Stadium when a brawl occurred as players went through the handshake line following the game. The incident led to a significant amount of publicity across the state, causing a black eye to CHS and the city itself. While various investigations of the fight continue, including scrutiny by the Camden Police Department for possible criminal conduct, it appears the brawl was triggered by Dreher players.

October 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


Alzheimer’s hope

Here in Kershaw County there are hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, the cruel malady that attacks the brain. There are millions of Americans across the country who have fallen prey to Alzheimer's, yet research efforts to find a cure have been consistently disappointing over the last few decades. But two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have been successful in essentially growing Alzheimer's in a petri dish, and scientists hope that's going to be a breakthrough in studying possible new treatments for the disease.

October 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Sheheen still best choice for governor

For only the second time in its history, the Chronicle-Independent is endorsing a candidate for political office. And, as we did four years ago, we are, again, wholeheartedly endorsing State Sen. Vincent Sheheen for governor of South Carolina.

October 15, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Oct. 13, 2014

• We're seeing some good business and other news here in Kershaw County, showing signs that, perhaps, the community is beginning to climb out of the economic doldrums that have plagued us for too long now. The highlight of the week, of course, was word that Hengst is going through its third expansion, announcing it will invest $8 million into the Steeplechase Spec Building and bring 20 new jobs during the next three years. In the meantime, we've seen new small businesses spring up, or new life bloom in older ones, across the county. There are also still rumors ...

October 13, 2014 | | Editorials


Shop local

We have often made the call for Kershaw County residents to shop at Kershaw County businesses -- to shop local. The message bears repeating, though, as the weather cools and thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, from Halloween to Christmas.

October 10, 2014 | | Editorials


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Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: GOP needs to broaden appeal

The Republican presidential field is already getting crowded, and the South Carolina GOP primary is often viewed as a bellwether for White House hopefuls. Because this is a conservative state, candidates in past years have often moved to the right while campaigning here. But a new poll shows Republican voters in South Carolina might be moving away from some of the hard-line social issues they have embraced in the past. As a side note, many political observers believe the party "had better get out of people's bedrooms if it wants to broaden its appeal."

April 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 20, 2015

• Last week's seizure by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Old Armory Steak & Seafood on Rutledge Street marks at least the temporary loss of one of Camden and Kershaw County's premier restaurants. It is an unfortunate blow to the downtown Camden economy. Each business provides potential traffic to another and the loss of any one diminishes such beneficial ripple effects. Locals cheered the Old Armory's opening in 2006 so soon after the closing of the previous tenant, The Paddock. Many people and businesses have celebrated the holidays, proms, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, birthdays and more at the Old ...

April 20, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Jordan Spieth

With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they're no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there's something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they'd like to win more than any other.

April 17, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Improving the city

There have been many great additions to the Camden landscape in recent years -- to name a few, the statues of Joseph Kershaw and King Haiglar at the Town Green; the Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby statuary at the Camden Archives; and the new pocket park where the former Maxway building stood. All these have added to the town's appearance and ambience.

April 15, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 13, 2015

• Congratulations to Johnny Deal and Richard Walkirch for receiving, respectively, the United Way of Kershaw County's Jake Watson and Ann Dallas awards. Deal, often known as "Mr. Camden" or "Mr. Facebook" around town, is one of many people's favorite personalities. That doesn't necessarily win you awards. What does is a commitment to community involvement, which Deal has in spades, working with the Camden Jaycees, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Community Medical Clinic, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the United Way and more. As for volunteerism, we can't imagine a more worthy recipient for the Dallas ...

April 13, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Fringe groups

We're not too high on elected officials who hew to positions on the fringes. Like many, we believe adherence to strict political philosophies is one of the primary reasons for the polarization in American politics today. There just aren't many lawmakers in Washington today who are willing to sit down and work things out despite their political differences, as there were for decades.

April 10, 2015 | | Editorials


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