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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 Kershaw County Council meeting came with some very good news: unanimous passage on second reading of an option agreement with Ernest Health to purchase 8.63 acres at the Wateree Business Park to, ultimately, build some type of rehabilitation hospital.

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 the S.C. Equine Center, the Camden Hunt and much more, including Aberdeen Polo, held just a few days ago.

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 North Central area's three elementary schools -- Baron DeKalb (BDK), Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah (MPES) -- $12.7 million for renovations. This is the same amount which would have been used to consolidate BES and MPES. The vote, which essentially affirmed one taken two weeks ago, will keep BES and MPES open for now and provide all three schools with $1 million each for renovations.

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 school systems across the nation to let transgender students choose to use bathrooms matching the gender with which they identify.

May 17, 2016 | | Editorials


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


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Coming up

School registration starts tomorrow and all over Kershaw County kids will be checking in to their new schools, meeting teachers and getting a first glimpse ...

July 26, 2016 | | Editorials


Looking around

Passers-by may be seeing all kinds of activity around the area, especially in Camden.

July 22, 2016 | | Editorials


Changes

As they say, the only thing that is constant is change – and that goes for us here at the C-I.

July 19, 2016 | | Editorials


Master potter John Bartlam made America’s first porcelain

In 1972, Dr. George Terry travelled to Cainhoy, on the Wando River near Charleston, on a hunch. For years he had been researching a potter ...

July 15, 2016 | Katherine Richardson | Editorials


Philando Castile’s gun permit might have gotten him killed. I’m white. My own permit gets me out of

(Occasionally Phil Noble has guest writers for his columns. This week's entry is by Corey Hutchins, 2011 and 2012 S.C. Press Association Journalist ...

July 15, 2016 | Corey Hutchins | Editorials


Thank a cop

At Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting, Camden's Bob Clithero -- an Air Force veteran from the Korea and Vietnam wars -- urged the public to ...

July 15, 2016 | | Editorials


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