During the last week, we have published two reports on KershawHealth. The first, growing out of the hospital's most recent board of trustees meeting, focused on its market share. It is relatively healthy, thanks to KershawHealth's being the only hospital in all of Kershaw County. More people living in the county turn to KershawHealth for emergency care than anywhere else. However, the report -- broadly speaking -- noted a decrease in market share in outpatient services and only slight increases for inpatient services.
Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.
Nearly eight years ago, nine heroic Charleston firefighters lost their lives in a tragic accident fighting the Super Sofa store fire. Last week, nine wonderful Charlestonians' lives were snuffed out, this time in the Emanuel AME Church shooting. However, this time the tragedy was no accident.
The grief felt from the murder of nine innocent people at Charleston's historic Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest African-American congregations in the nation, Wednesday night is encompassing many South Carolinians as we compassionately mourn the senseless loss of life taken while in the midst of a weekly prayer meeting.
Phil Minges came to Camden to help build the DuPont plant and worked for the company for the next 50 years. He left in 2000 after serving four years as a Camden City Council member and an additional eight years as mayor.
We have often used this space to show our support or otherwise congratulate those in our community doing everything they can to contribute to the well-being of our young people. We do so again today as we congratulate Brian Mayes of the Jackson Teen Center and Paul Napper of The ALPHA Center on obtaining an $8,000 grant from the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation.
• It has been a busy week, as they all are, for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), but they are on the job day and night with the mission of serving the people of this county and making it a safer place for residents and visitors alike. The Tuesday arrest of an Elgin couple on charges of distributing heroin may have come as a surprise to many, but heroin and other opium-based narcotics are making a big comeback, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews, because people get hooked on the prescription equivalents of the drug, which are quite expensive. When ...
Equestrian fans thrilled to watch the triumph nearly a week ago of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years: American Pharoah. His name is now among only 12 horses to ever win the Belmont Stakes, Preakness and Kentucky Derby in one season, the first since Affirmed in 1978.
During the last year or so, we have seen a series of officer-involved shootings, some deadly, and other incidents with race playing a factor. And we've seen a variety of reactions depending on where these tragic events took place, including riots in Baltimore, Md., and Ferguson, Mo.
• We recently spent a number of weeks delving deep into the question of whether or not Kershaw County is being left behind when it comes to economic development. While 25 jobs may not seem like a lot at first blush, Suonimen's announcement a week ago to expand its Bethune operation is notable for several reasons. First, it speaks to something Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns said in one of our articles: "The county needs to take care of its existing industrial customers first, even as it courts new business prospects," he said. "And the way to do that ...
Wednesday, the S.C. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring governing bodies to publish agendas before public meetings. The S.C. Senate unanimously did the same the day before. As of Thursday morning, the bill was on its way to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk, and we hope she signs it.
• A big tip of the C-I hat to Camden Middle School 6th grader Amari Williams for winning the National Class II American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. Using the theme "What Freedom Means to My Family," Amari offered incredible insight into what freedom really should mean to every American, whatever their background. South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was not only gracious, but absolutely correct, in our opinion, in having Amari's essay published into the Congressional Record for the Senate on May 22, just days before Memorial Day. And we cannot fail to recall when, just three years ago ...
If you've done any highway driving in South Carolina recently -- and most people have -- then you're aware of the pathetic condition of many roads throughout the Palmetto State. In numerous places, they're literally crumbling, with chunks of concrete or asphalt falling off onto the shoulders. Potholes, which are not only dangerous but also have the potential to cause expensive damage to cars, are common. Everybody agrees something needs to be done to repair the state's highway system, but the government in Columbia is as dysfunctional on this issue as Washington is on many matters.