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Noted and passed - May 5, 2014

• After months of work by KershawHealth employees, administrators and trustees -- and a lot of speculation by the public -- the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted a week ago to adopt a new strategic plan it hopes will stem a long-running tide of red ink. The plan does not call for any cutbacks in service, but rather the opposite: new facilities in Elgin and Camden in order to expand and strengthen existing services. Some may be surprised that KershawHealth leaders are willing to move forward to transform the former Burndale Plaza shopping center or that a new Karesh Long Term Care facility ...

May 05, 2014 | | Editorials


Fitting honors

One of the good things about living in a small town like Camden is the fact that those who do good deeds often get recognized. People in communities such as ours appreciate those who help, and they enjoy showing that gratitude. There were two recognitions in the last week that are particularly notable.

May 02, 2014 | | Editorials


More on CCTC

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) has leapfrogged in five years from having about 150 students in Kershaw County to 900, and the school's leaders are now touting an expansion of the school's campus at I-20 and U.S. 521. Kershaw County is in the process of committing $5 million towards the expansion, and CCTC and county leaders want the city of Camden onboard as well. That only makes sense, as growth will provide a number of benefits, including more convenience for local students as well as greater economic development opportunities.

April 30, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 23, 2014

• It's hard to know what to think of Palmetto Utilities' request for county council's support of its permit application to discharge treated wastewater in Spears Creek in Kershaw County. Ten years ago, in 2004, county officials claimed Palmetto Utilities President Stan Jones was using his position on the Central Midlands Council of Governments' (COG) Environmental Planning Advisory Committee to keep Kershaw County from moving its participation in what is known as a 208 Water Plan from the Central Midlands to the Santee-Lynches COG. Within that fight, the county also objected to the Richland County-based utility's plan to ...

April 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Bobby Harrell

Allegations that Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives, illegally funneled campaign contributions to his own use should be examined in the brightest possible light, and that means letting a grand jury decide what happened rather than turning the matter over to the House Ethics Committee, which isn't experienced in such investigations and doesn't have the power to take effective action.

April 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Boston Strong

No city is more inextricably linked to this country's quest for freedom than Boston. From an early age students learn about the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and all the other historic events that helped set the colonies on the road to freedom. So it was especially fitting Monday that the city showed that it's indeed "Boston Strong" by completing its famous marathon. Of course, the race came a year after bombers killed three and wounded hundreds during the running of this country's most storied 26.2-mile race.

April 23, 2014 | | Editorials


Tax Time

With the April 15 tax filing deadline having past earlier this week, Kershaw County residents can breathe a sigh of relief – except for those who filed for an extension, of course. But a more important day, when it comes to your money, is Tax Freedom Day, which is the day the average South Carolina resident finally earns enough to pay his or her income tax bill. This year it was April 9; because of South Carolina's tax structure, which is lower than some states, Palmetto State residents pay their share earlier than the nation as a whole, which is ...

April 18, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Editorials


The Easter egg hunt mentality

Easter. Go ahead and let the word resonate in your mind. Let all the memories and fond associations come rushing over you. Easter is such a lovely holiday. The Biblical story behind it teaches people to be hopeful, that there is the possibility of redemption, unconditional love and eternal life. The natural season is a time of blooming and birth and renewal. The earth wakes up from its winter slumber and the air feels softer and warmer.

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Editorials


Kudos to the UWKC

It was good to see dedicated volunteers and staff members recognized at last week's annual United Way of Kershaw County dinner. While there are many, many people who push together to make the United Way the superb organization that it is, a few special people were singled out for recognition. Dr. Frank Morgan, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, received the Jake Watson Award, and Camden Deputy Fire Chief Phil Elliot was given the Anne Dallas Volunteer of the Year award. Other plaudits for volunteer efforts were given, and staff member Margaret Lawhorn was singled out for her ...

April 16, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 14, 2014

• The news that the city of Camden plans to install an elevator at Camden City Hall is quite welcome. It is especially so to the city's disabled citizens who have found it difficult to come to court or attend Camden City Council meetings, both of which take place on the second floor. Many years ago, the city installed a chair-lift system attached to a railing of the building's main stairwell. It hasn't always worked and some people find its appearance a bit daunting. Installing the elevator -- which will also allow employees and visitors to reach offices and ...

April 14, 2014 | | Editorials


Medical marijuana

Both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina will have advisory questions on their June primary ballots -- votes that will not be binding but are intended simply to provide some feeling for what Palmetto State residents are thinking about particular issues. As you would guess, such questions often revolve around issues particularly important to one party or another, and they're sometimes done to help provide leverage for the parties to push certain projects.

April 11, 2014 | | Editorials


Bush v. Clinton?

In a political era in which presidential races drag on for years, not merely months, Kershaw County voters could well find themselves by the end of 2014 looking at a race between two recycled political families -- the Clintons and the Bushes. News reports indicate that Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is seriously considering a bid for the White House, inching away from the coy stance he's been taking. And Hillary Clinton has virtually paralyzed the Democrats' primary process, as nobody is willing to jump into a race until she decides whether she's going to run. If she ...

April 09, 2014 | | Editorials


Boykin Spaniels

Earlier in the week, we had an opportunity on this page to celebrate one of Kershaw County's premier attractions, the Carolina Cup. And so now, we turn away again from the travails of an often somber world to note another local phenomenon -- the Boykin Spaniel, that hardy but lovable little dog that had its origins right here in Kershaw County.

April 04, 2014 | | Editorials


Carolina Cup

Weather forecasters -- a notoriously inaccurate lot -- did everything they could to dump a bucket of cold water on last Saturday's Carolina Cup, but despite their dire predictions, thousands of people turned out to the Springdale Race Course and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of horse racing and socializing, all topped off by a local horse winning the featured Carolina Cup race. We were reminded once again of all that the event means to this area and how much it burnishes the reputation of Camden.

April 02, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 31, 2014

• Congratulations to Camden High School (CHS) for becoming a 2014 Palmetto's Finest award winner Thursday. The jubilation in CHS' library was well-earned and an especially proud moment for Principal Dan Matthews. This is the second time Matthews has served as principal of a Kershaw County school earning the award, when he was at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. Along with all-time high test scores, judges lauded CHS for donating more than $100,000 and 5,000 service hours to various charities during the past five years. That's a great example of a school truly being a part of its community ...

March 31, 2014 | | Editorials


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Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Not so transparent

President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, has delivered perhaps the least transparent. Following the trend of other recent presidents, Obama has kept a tight lid on the press, rarely interacting with reporters in a spontaneous fashion and instead relying on the spin of his White House press directors. And it has gotten worse the longer Obama has been in office; one report last week indicated that the administration was denying access on a variety of subjects with increasing regularity. The Associated Press reported, "In category after category -- except for reducing numbers of old requests and a ...

July 18, 2014 | | Editorials


Obama and race

Attorney General Eric Holder's recent statement that race plays a part in some Americans' opposition to President Obama's policies has stirred strong reaction from both liberals and conservatives, and reaction has highlighted the fact -- no surprise here -- that blacks and whites often look at issues of race differently. We suspect that Kershaw County would mirror the national opinions of a recent Gallup poll in which people were asked whether this country's criminal justice system is biased against blacks. More than two-thirds of whites said no, while about the same percentage of blacks said yes.

July 16, 2014 | | Editorials


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