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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


City, county must act quickly to find Kmart replacement

Today's announcement the Kmart in Camden will close by the end of July is very unwelcome news. It is not surprising, however. Simply driving by on even the heaviest shopping days in recent years shows far fewer shoppers there than at Walmart across West DeKalb Street.

April 26, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: State of the county

Friday morning, Kershaw County Chairman Julian Burns and County Administrator Vic Carpenter served as the keynote speakers for a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce breakfast. While Burns focused mostly on VisionKershaw 2030 -- something this paper will examine more closely in the near future -- Carpenter provided a statistical, yet sometimes humorous report on what's been happening in Kershaw County during the last nine to 12 months.

April 19, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Firefighters/EMS

In our most recent three editions, including today's, we have highlighted Kershaw County's newest ambulances and some of the people who work in them, Explorers at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R), two Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah firefighters who recently earned certifications and one of the LF-R's long-term volunteers.

April 15, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: The KCSO

For the fifth consecutive year, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) earned the Agency of the Year Award from the S.C. Department of Public Safety for DUI enforcement among law enforcement agencies of between 51 and 100 employees.

April 12, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Recycling glass

It's unfortunate the city of Camden and Kershaw County had to announce they could no longer accept glass for recycling in residents' bins or at the county's recycling centers. It is not their fault, however. Word came down from Sonoco in Hartsville the company could no longer afford to recycle glass.

April 08, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: The stage is set

As we reported Friday, the stage is now set for most of this year's local political races. We know Bobby Gary will finish out Willie Mickle's unexpired term in the Kershaw County Council District 1 seat he held immediately before Mickle. We also know Gary will face his special election opponent Al Bozard in November's general election.

April 05, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Andy James

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and the greater community lost a great friend in M. Andrew "Andy" James when he passed away March 23. He will be remembered as a tough, but fair and inspiring educator, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and counselor.

April 01, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: When it ‘pollens’

There's a cartoon making its way across the internet showing a family staring out their living room window -- mother, father and pre-teen son. The boy's face is lit up, knowing, perhaps, he might not have to go to school that day. Has it snowed? No, it's "pollened," he declares, as his parents look on in horror at the mounds of yellow stuff in their yard and on their car. They look as if they haven't slept in ages.

March 29, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Beechwood plan

We cautiously welcome the prospect of a Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community being developed at Beechwood on Knights Hill Road. We welcome the news because we have been a proponent of using the property for this type of purpose for some time. We welcome it cautiously, however, because it is just a possibility. Nothing is set in stone, and Camden residents have been waiting for nearly a decade to see what would become of Beechwood.

March 25, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Old Hazelwood building

Tonight, Camden City Council considers second and final reading of two ordinances which, if approved, would considerably change the skyline along DeKalb Street just east of Broad Street.

March 22, 2016 | | Editorials


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 17, 2016 | | Editorials


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