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Editorial: Equine park arena

The horse industry in Kershaw County took another sizeable leap forward this week thanks to the awarding of a $250,000 grant to fund a second covered show ring at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in the Charlotte Thompson community. This is a welcome addition to an already thriving facility and should help funnel more tourism and visitor dollars into Camden's and Kershaw County's business community.

January 16, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Obama and France

The relationship between the United States and France since World War II, when American soldiers saved the country, has sometimes been tense. The French have a tendency towards arrogance, and this often afflicts its leaders; certainly, Kershaw County residents who have visited Paris have seen "French attitude" first-hand among city denizens and businesspeople. Those who live in the countryside are generally more welcome and still appreciative of the long friendship between the two countries.

January 14, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Jan. 12, 2015

• We note the passing of Debi Davis, former director of special needs for the Kershaw County School District. According to her obituary, Davis died after a year and a half-long battle with pancreatic cancer. In Friday's edition, co-workers, administrators and a parent of a special needs child all lauded Davis' work with the district. The district pointed out she was one of Doby's Mill Elementary School's first teachers when it opened. A co-worker noted Davis' passion for her work in making sure special needs students were taken care of Kershaw County. Her passion extended to another aspect ...

January 12, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Yes, it’s cold, but…

Oh, sure, everyone's been complaining a bit about the bitterly cold weather we've been having here in Kershaw County this week. And, yes, it's been unseasonably frigid, with the temperature nearly reaching single digits Thursday morning, with a wind chill considerably lower than that. But a few days of shivering are a small price to pay for a climate that is superior to most others in this country. In fact, it gave us South Carolinians a chance to experience some of those temps we see when watching weather broadcast from Minnesota or North Dakota -- on a temperate ...

January 09, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorials: Harvard and PETA

We can't help but chuckle -- and shake our heads in dismay, at the same time -- at two recent incidents which clearly spotlight today's tendency to advocate a particular position, no matter what the consequences. In these cases, far-left groups are involved, and it's obvious that if they've ever heard the expression "what's good for the goose is good for the gander," they have no idea what it means.

January 07, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and Passed - Jan. 5, 2015

• We mark with sadness the recent death of S. Parker Young, who was one of the top leaders at DuPont's May Plant during its glory days, when more than 4,000 people were employed there. Born in Dalzell, Mr. Young graduated from Clemson and then the University of Illinois before returning home -- he was born in Sumter -- with DuPont. He rose to a position of influence through his hard work, steady demeanor and good humor. Mr. Young was active not only at the May Plant but in his community, serving his fellow citizens in a variety of ways. He ...

January 05, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: GOP

We mentioned in an editorial earlier this week that Republicans in Washington have great opportunity ahead of them; the country is tired of deadlock and is looking for an effective Congress which will pass legislation and put much of the partisan bickering behind. But if the GOP is to move ahead, especially with Hispanic and African-American voters, it must put behind it the long history of party members associated with race-tinged organizations or statements.

January 02, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Hello, 2015

As we wind down 2014 and enter another new year -- could 15 years possibly have passed since the vaunted millennium? -- there is much to look forward to here in Kershaw County and across the country. For the first time, there appears to be some traction in the economy, both locally and nationally, following a downturn that has been the worst financial period since the Great Depression.

December 31, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 29, 2014

• On the face of it, it appears the deal for Capella Healthcare to take over KershawHealth with the Medical University of South Carolina is a good one. As reported Friday, Capella will pay KershawHealth $45 million (actually, $36 million following a nearly $9 million discount for "cash, cash equivalencies, marketable securities" and so forth) to lease the healthcare organization's real estate for 40 years and purchase its remaining, non-real estate assets. In addition, Capella is promising to spend $55 million during the next 10 years on capital expenditures. In effect, this is a nearly $100 million shot in the ...

December 29, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: FOIA for 2015

Freedom of information (FOI) issues don't make for juicy reading, as some things involving the General Assembly do. They're fairly mundane and generally don't attract the interest of too many people. But such issues are extremely important, and there are several of them which are surfacing in the legislature for the coming year.

December 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Christmas story

As we celebrate the holiest day of Christendom, we pause to wish our readers of all faiths a joyous season, and we hope the yuletide spirit will be pervasive throughout Kershaw County. For Christians, it is always comforting to read the Christmas story from the second chapter of Luke, and we pass that along to you, from the King James version of The Bible:

December 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 22, 2014

• Beverly Hope Melton's murder on Dec. 26 three years ago shocked Kershaw and Chesterfield counties. Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, continues to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) after he reportedly confessed to abducting Melton in Chesterfield County, repeatedly raping her and then beating her death with a baseball bat in Kershaw County. Miller even led authorities to Melton's body. Despite his reported confession, Miller has yet to work out a plea deal or face a jury. And he won't, as we reported Friday, until Feb. 9, 2016, more than four years after his arrest ...

December 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Court decisions

Two prominent decisions in South Carolina courts this week have been just and fair -- exactly the way most people would like to see the legal system work. The first was a decision by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen to overturn the 1944 conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was sent to the electric chair back in the Jim Crow days of this state for the murder of two girls.

December 19, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Police officers

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

December 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 15, 2014

• A tip of the C-I hat to Kershaw County Deputy Fred Tiah, a school resource officer at Stover Middle School in Elgin. Tiah, as we reported Friday, is from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in this year's Ebola crisis. Recognizing he has been welcomed to and is finding success in America, Tiah says he wants to help children in his native country who have been orphaned by the deadly disease. He's put his idea into action, raising money to help pay for the children's education and medical supplies. Tiah also wants to be a role model ...

December 15, 2014 | | Editorials


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Noted and passed - March 2, 2015

• We were very glad to see Kershaw County Council recognize ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper recently. Napper has served as The ALPHA Center's director for three decades. In all that time, he has also managed to find the time to serve on numerous local, state and even federal boards and commissions. Most recently, he stepped down from a seat on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees only to fill an open seat on the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Area Commission two days later. As always, Napper was humble in receiving council's resolution honoring him, saying it really ...

March 02, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Big money Dems

The ever-present cable news shows are already fixated on the 2016 presidential campaign, with the Republican race a wide-open affair and the Democratic nomination said to be Hillary Clinton's for the asking. Of course, we'll point out Clinton was also the overwhelming favorite in 2008 until Barack Obama came along and stole her candy. But one thing's for sure, no matter whom the parties nominate: massive amounts of money will be spent.

February 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Giuliani’s comments

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who's never been accused of being circumspect, went over the top last week when he accused President Obama of not loving his country. Giuliani has refused to back down from his comments, and some in the GOP have defended him while others have said they wouldn't have made the same statement. Politics, of course, is involved, as both Democrats and Republicans are already jockeying for position for 2016.

February 25, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Feb. 23, 2015

• We're sad to learn of Joseph Bruce's pending retirement from KershawHealth and the KershawHealth Foundation (see our front page), but happy for him as he reaches that point in life where he can choose do what he appears to enjoy: namely traveling to the United Kingdom and other points abroad. Bruce had the difficult job of following foundation founder Vern Ketchem, who died just months before Bruce joined KershawHealth in late 2007. When we consider all the foundation has done since then, we believe Ketchem would be proud of Bruce's work. He and the foundation board launched ...

February 23, 2015 | | Editorials


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