It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of the Gamecocks, Tigers, Bulldogs or Wolfpack. The face of college sports could change radically following a ruling earlier this week that football players at Northwestern University have the right to form a labor union. A National Labor Relations Board official ruled that at that academically exclusive school, athletes who receive full scholarships are considered employees under federal law and thus can unionize.
Camden and Kershaw County have a long history of sending many students to the College of Charleston, so there has been a great deal of interest in the recent choice of Glenn McConnell to be the school's next president. The selection has engendered controversy, and there have been protests among students and faculty members at the school. Indeed, McConnell is not a traditional choice to head an institution of higher learning, as academics almost always prefer one of their own. And in that vein, McConnell will bring both negatives and positives to the job.
• A tip of the C-I hat to the 1964 Camden High School marching band on the 50th anniversary of being named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at that year's New Orleans Mardis Gras. According to former trumpeter Jerry Sheheen, much praise can be heaped upon band director and teacher Bill Basden who was "very well respected and admired by all of those who he taught." It was a thrilling chance for Camden students of the day to visit The Big Easy during one of the most celebrated festivals in America. And we're sure having judges name them the ...
Given the budget restraints that virtually all government agencies are facing, we understand why the Social Security office at 1111 Broad St. in Camden closed. Dollars are tight, and officials say Uncle Sam will save more than $3 million during the next 10 years by shutting down the local facility. But we'll hand failing marks to the agency for the way it handled the shutdown, notifying few people and making no attempt to contact its clients and the media, which could have spread the word of the shutdown.
For Kershaw County sports fans, like those across the country, few events can surpass in excitement the annual NCAA college basketball tournament, which has been known as March Madness for many years. (Well, here in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina-Clemson football game sits at the top of the list.) But this year, the tournament takes place amid much uncertainty regarding the basic structure of college sports.
• It's great to see our local law enforcement officers recognized for their excellent work keeping our communities safe. In the last two weeks, we've written about two Kershaw County deputies and four Camden Police officers honored either by their own organizations, Camden American Legion Post No. 17 or the S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN). The Camden Police Department (CPD) honored patrol officers John Patton and Penny Lloyd as its Officer of the Year and Wilson Clyburn award winners, respectively -- Patton for his desire to learn; Lloyd for her ability to connect with the public. In addition, Post ...
Politics in South Carolina has always had its seamy side, but the current dust-up between Bobby Harrell, speaker of the state House of Representatives, and Attorney General Alan Wilson is especially intriguing. Harrell, a Charleston Republican, is being investigated for corruption, including possible misuse of campaign funds and possible misuse of his legislative position, charges that grew out of a grand jury proceeding. Law enforcement sources say Harrell's attorneys have been secretly trying to get a state judge to remove Wilson as the chief prosecutor.
Kershaw County Council was scheduled last night to hold first reading on an ordinance which would allow Sunday alcohol sales in the county. Both the towns of Camden and Elgin have in past years changed their laws to allow Sunday sales, and businesses in unincorporated areas are now left at a disadvantage in not being able to match those sales.
• As the C-I continues to report on the Briana Rabon murder, there is a lot of speculation about how she and her accused killer, Stephen Ross Kelly, knew each other. Officials have, so far, only said that they both attended Lugoff-Elgin High School and were acquaintances, but not involved in a romantic relationship. Rumors abound, however, which we always check out but rarely get confirmation for publication. That's fine. Frankly, it's best that rumors stay out of the newspaper as we let the investigative and judicial processes take whatever time is needed to bring justice for Briana and ...
The last couple weeks have brought astounding new developments in treatment of babies born with AIDS, raising for the first time the hope that perhaps a treatment has been found that will eradicate the disease in newborns who are born to mothers infected by the HIV virus. The first such case was reported last year, but there was skepticism among many in the scientific community. Earlier this week, a second similar case was reported. The first child, dubbed the "Mississippi baby," is now 3 years old and still virus-free; the second one shows no signs of HIV nine months after ...
We aren't very keen on so-called super PACS, those political organizations which spend limitless money promoting one viewpoint or another. They buy huge blocks of television and radio time, along with newspaper ads, to launch attack ads against candidates, with much of the material in the ads questionable at best. Super PACS are a sad sign of what our political process has become.
• It was good, if still mixed, news from KershawHealth a week ago that January's financials looked a bit better than they have recently. The healthcare organization still posted a loss for the month -- as it has every month for some time now -- but only of $84,000. Compare that to $902,000 in losses for October 2013 alone and that is very good news. KershawHealth has a long way to go to combat a projected $32 million in operational losses by Fiscal Year 2018, less than five years away. However, last week's meeting also revealed that the KershawHealth ...
Representatives of Arnett Muldrow, the consulting firm hired by the city of Camden to provide marketing expertise, met recently with city council to discuss their recommendations. Of their proposals, we found one especially noteworthy but found another worthy of deeper study by council.
Last year President Obama approved a budget plan that would change the way Social Security increases are calculated, moving them from a process determined by the consumer price index to one set by a process known as chained consumer price index. That was encouraging to the millions of Americans who are concerned about the runaway spending problems that are threatening the nation's economy. Many economists favor the chained concept as being a more accurate way to measure the rate of inflation.
• We commented just last week on the wise decision by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to turn down unionization with the UAW. But Gov. Nikki Haley's statement that unionized plants aren't welcome at all in South Carolina is off the mark. Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, who's running against Haley, said South Carolina should remain a right-to-work state, where workers have the right to decide whether to join unions. That's a more reasonable position.
We would like to offer our hearty congratulations and deep felt thanks to Joe and Brenda Sullivan, who were honored Tuesday by the City of ...
Alfred Mae Drakeford was sworn in Friday as Camden's new mayor, marking a new era in the city of Camden.
It's that time of the year again – time for good food, family gatherings, holiday cheer, counting of the blessings, all that.
To steal a catchphrase from Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns: it was indeed a great day for Kershaw County.
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