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Eyes on Pinehurst

The eyes of the sporting nation will be focused on the Carolinas -- Pinehurst, N.C., to be specific -- for the next two weeks as the men's and women's U. S. Open golf championships are held at the classic Pinehurst Number Two course, designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross, who also crafted Camden Country Club. It will be the first time men and women pros have played their championships on the same course, and many are calling the back-to-back competitions a stroke of genius. Indeed, women pros, who've never garnered as much attention as their male ...

June 11, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - June 9, 2014

• Tuesday is primary day and, as we always do, we urge everyone to go out and vote. Primaries tend to have a lower turnout than the general elections in November, but this year's primary may turn out to have a high participation rate. That's because several important races will be decided on Tuesday rather than in the fall. The biggest of these, of course, is that for Kershaw County Sheriff. With two Republican candidates and no Democratic contenders, Tuesday is the one and only time this year voters can decide who will be their next sheriff. The race ...

June 09, 2014 | | Editorials


Texting ban

At long last, the S.C. General Assembly seems poised to pass a bill that will ban texting while driving. The move is overdue; South Carolina is one of only three states in the union which don't have such a law, but we suppose that late is better than never. House and Senate solons agreed earlier this week to a measure that will make texting while driving illegal. The law, if approved as expected, will take precedence over local laws passed by various communities, including one in Camden.

June 06, 2014 | | Editorials


Tourism director

Tourism is more important than ever before to our economy, not just in the city of Camden and Kershaw County, but throughout South Carolina and the Southeast. It is especially important to Camden, however, as the general economy has remained sluggish despite recent turnarounds.

June 04, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - June 2, 2014

• There is no doubt that the Ross E. Beard Jr. gun collection -- really it is so much more than that -- has energized interest in what is already one of Camden's crown jewels: the Camden Archives and Museum. Beard loaned a significant portion of his collection to the city more than a year ago. Friday's exciting news that the city is contemplating purchasing the entire collection outright means that the guns, photographs, spy gear and other memorabilia could be permanently housed at the archives. As of last August, just months after the Beard exhibit opened, Archives Director Katherine Richardson ...

June 02, 2014 | | Editorials


Lake safety

With Memorial Day just behind us, the "official season" at Lake Wateree has begun, and between now and Labor Day, thousands of Kershaw County residents will be taking to the lake to enjoy summer fun. Duke Energy recently released a summer safety document, and we'd like to join in urging people to use sound judgment and common sense at the lake, lest recreation turn into tragedy.

May 30, 2014 | | Editorials


VA brouhaha

Noted conservative commentator and writer George Will made a valid point recently in discussing the crisis at the Veterans Affairs Department. The federal government, he said, is really good at one thing: writing checks. But when it comes to operational matters, Uncle Sam seems to regularly find new and innovative ways to foul things up. The VA brouhaha is a classic example.

May 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 26, 2014

• As KershawHealth begins to reveal more details and implement its recently released strategic plan, it's good to see strong support coming from both the KershawHealth Foundation and Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA). As published Friday, the two organizations are showing that support in the form of a more than $1 million investment -- a $675,000 grant from the foundation and another $345,000 in CCRA donations raised from past Cups -- to install a new nurse call system at the main campus' medical center. As KershawHealth's press release pointed out, the new system doesn't merely upgrade a patient ...

May 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Moderates win

If Republicans hope to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats this fall, the party will need to have broader appeal than the support of the Tea Party and other hard-line conservative groups. Tuesday's elections opened that door across the country as in several states, moderate Republicans won primary victories over well-financed challengers from the right.

May 23, 2014 | | Editorials


Head to the polls

Politically, it's a bit of an unusual year here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is stepping down to become the president of the College of Charleston, and those in line to succeed him say they don't want the thankless and mostly meaningless job. But in the meantime, there are four candidates running for that post in the June Republican primary, so it obviously appeals to somebody. We suspect there is the lingering hope that becoming lieutenant governor is a stepping stone to the governor's office, although it hasn't been so in ...

May 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 19, 2014

• Polo. For many, the word immediately conjures up the phrase "the sport of kings." It's origins date back to, possibly, as early as the 6th century B.C. in Persia, apparently used as a training game for the king's guard or other elite cavalry units. Today, polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It is also played in Camden on the nation's second oldest polo field, built in 1898. Visitors from around the world gathered to watch polo matches on that field for the next 50 years. Interest waned in the latter half of the 20th century ...

May 19, 2014 | | Editorials


Manning’s edict

We've certainly come a long way from the citizen-lawmakers envisioned by our forefathers -- farmers and craftsmen and professionals who would travel from their homes to the nation's capital, tend to the country's business and then go back home. But an even bigger divergence from the founding fathers' vision would be the concept that there is a class of people in this country who are above the law. That's the impression Judge Casey Manning gave recently when he ruled that Attorney General Alan Wilson didn't have the right to investigate possible illegal activities on the part ...

May 16, 2014 | | Editorials


Free speech?

One of the most cherished rights on college campuses across the country is freedom of speech -- unless the tone of that speech doesn't agree with the politics of left-leaning professors and students. The tolerance they so widely espouse gets left in the dust in the case of people who don't share their own political philosophies.

May 14, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 12, 2014

• Happy Mother's Day (plus one) to all Kershaw County mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts and other ladies who help raise generation after generation of children. The recently formed Family Heritage Committee held a Mother's Day festival on May 3, starting with a parade down Lyttleton Street from Camden City Hall followed by a celebration inside Zemp Stadium. Reports are that the event was not as well attended as some would have liked. That's unfortunate, since mothers of all ages and kinds should be honored more often. We would suggest that not scheduling the event at the same time ...

May 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Lois West

Lois Rhame West, a Camden native who died earlier this week at 92, was truly a remarkable woman who was not only a political wife but a partner in the career of her husband, who rose to become governor of South Carolina and ambassador to Saudi Arabia. But it was not only in the realm of politics that she made a mark. She accomplished a variety of things that touched a great number of lives.

May 09, 2014 | | Editorials


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College football’s here

We comment on sports issues in this space on a regular basis, because athletics are so ingrained into the culture of Kershaw County and South Carolina. This week marks the kick-off of college football season in the Palmetto State, and several developments highlight the changing culture of the pigskin pastime here.

August 27, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Aug. 25, 2014

• Every now and then a story just makes you want to puff up with pride. We had one Wednesday, and we'll have another this Wednesday, both on the same subject: the renaming of the I-20 bridge over the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three medal of honor winners. Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell are heroes out of history in no uncertain terms. In our preview story, readers learned that Hilton charged gunners firing at his squad, firing until his ammunition was spent, killing six enemies and capturing 10, but lost an arm as ...

August 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Alaska politics

One of the things that keeps many people interested in politics is the fact that big decisions can turn on little details. Such is the case with control of the United States Senate in the upcoming election; Republicans want to gain six seats so they'll have a majority in both the Senate and House, while Democrats, even though they understand they probably will lose some seats, want desperately to prevent a GOP majority. The entire deal -- which party, in effect, controls the government in Washington -- could come down to Alaska, the least densely populated state in the nation. With ...

August 22, 2014 | | Editorials


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