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Editorial: District accounts

When Kershaw County Council passed third and final reading of the county's proposed budget on a 4-3 vote Tuesday (see "County council passes final budget"), it included an amendment put forward by Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. to create an annual $49,000 fund -- pulled out of the capital reserve fund -- for seven district accounts of $7,000 each.

June 17, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Public safety

Friday, we published a guest column from Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews detailing several recent, violent incidents to which deputies responded. Matthews said deputies respond to such incidents, patrol our communities and respond to other emergencies while making a starting salary of only $31,500. Furthermore, he said 11 of the 22 deputies who have left the department since Jan. 2015 have done so for higher salaries.

June 14, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Fred Sheheen

What more can we say about the very unexpected passing of Fred Sheheen, one of Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina's most beloved men?

June 10, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Camden signage

People all over Camden are talking about the city's new district, historic marker and street signs. As well they should. They are not merely new -- something which, in and of itself, would have been nice -- they are attractive and, as promised, tie into each other by design.

June 07, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Highway challenge

With the passing of the Memorial Day Weekend, Kershaw County and the rest of the state moved into the unofficial start of the summer season. From now until mid-August when our kids go back to school, we will be engaged in various summertime activities: vacations, camping trips, baseball games, swimming at the beach or a pool and so on.

June 03, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Grads & Flags

The holiday weekend which ended yesterday marked two significant observances here in Kershaw County: Graduation day on Saturday for the county's public high school seniors (Camden Military Academy [CMA] graduates matriculated a week ago Sunday). Monday, of course, marked Memorial Day.

May 31, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Ernest Health

Along with a rather contentious debate on exactly how to fund some extra items in the county's proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget, Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting came with some very good news: unanimous passage on second reading of an option agreement with Ernest Health to purchase 8.63 acres at the Wateree Business Park to, ultimately, build some type of rehabilitation hospital.

May 27, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Aberdeen Polo

Camden is fortunate to have a wealth of equine events for both spectators and participants, alike -- the Carolina and Colonial cups, the many events at the S.C. Equine Center, the Camden Hunt and much more, including Aberdeen Polo, held just a few days ago.

May 24, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Compromise

As we report on today's front page, a majority of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted against a motion to provide the North Central area's three elementary schools -- Baron DeKalb (BDK), Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah (MPES) -- $12.7 million for renovations. This is the same amount which would have been used to consolidate BES and MPES. The vote, which essentially affirmed one taken two weeks ago, will keep BES and MPES open for now and provide all three schools with $1 million each for renovations.

May 20, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Bathrooms

One of our readers posits some pointed questions in a letter to the editor concerning President Barack Obama's administration letter Friday to all public school systems across the nation to let transgender students choose to use bathrooms matching the gender with which they identify.

May 17, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: SRO funding

A small piece of today's coverage of Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting touches on an exchange between Chairman Julian Burns and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan concerning funding for school resource officers, or SROs. The issue of who should supervise SROs, where they should be assigned and how to pay for them has been an on-again off-again issue for our community.

May 13, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Student leaders

Today, we feature the April 28 Junior Leadership Kershaw County (JLKC) graduation dinner, honing in on Outstanding Student of the Year, Cadet Thomas Azrelyant from Camden Military Academy (CMA). Not long ago, we featured the annual Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic banquet.

May 10, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Austin Brown

While not a Camden native and having moved away from here for stretches of time, there was no more fierce proponent of the town than Austin Brown.

May 06, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Billy Ammons

There may not be a more respected person in all of Kershaw County than Billy Ammons.

May 03, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Economic trips

Today, we report on two recent overseas trips taken by Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns and County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean. According to County Administrator Vic Carpenter, McLean's trip to China cost the county between $8,000 and $10,000. Burns' trip to Europe fell in the same price range, but, except for airfare, was paid for by the Central South Carolina Alliance.

April 29, 2016 | | Editorials


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Editorial: Fireworks and more

Once a year, on July 4th, we could easily rename Lake Wateree as Lake Fireworks. That's because, each year, the Lake Wateree Association (LWA ...

July 01, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Historic Camden

During the past several issues of this newspaper, we have published stories related to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. We've promoted the appearance of ...

June 28, 2016 | | Editorials


Parker: Brexit, meet Trexit

WASHINGTON -- With Britain's vote to leave the European Union, did Donald Trump just win the presidential election?

June 28, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Editorials


Tatum: Fear and loathing in the U.S. of A.

"Paranoia strike deep, into your life it will creep, it starts when you're always afraid, step out of line the man will come and ...

June 28, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Editorials


Editorial: A lack of will

Elsewhere on our website, Editor Martin L. Cahn laments the lack of compromise on gun control on the national level. In similar fashion, we are ...

June 24, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: The Emmanuel Nine

A year ago, the grief was still fresh. We were all still reeling from the murders of nine innocent people at Emanuel AME Church in ...

June 21, 2016 | | Editorials


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