A grand jury's decision to no-bill (not indict) Jimmy Joe Methe came as a bit of a surprise to a great many people in Kershaw County. It certainly stirred a great deal of controversy. Our breaking news alert posted to Facebook on Thursday reached more than 15,000 people, sharing it nearly 120 times and engaging in a fierce debate in the post's comments section. It is easily the most engaged item we have ever posted.
As recounted on today's front page, Kershaw County Council held a special meeting ahead of its regular meeting Tuesday to honor former Chairman Steve S. Kelly Jr. for his more than 32 years of service as a councilman and chairman. Council did the same Jan. 12 for former Chairman Austin Sheheen Jr. for his 23 years on council.
In his monthly column, over on the top of the facing page (A3), Tony Scully is announcing he will not run for a second term as Camden's mayor. Simply stated, we are extremely sorry to learn of his decision, but we are not totally surprised, either. We are not surprised because, in typically Tony Scully fashion, his decision not to run again is an example of his humility.
It's good to hear the S.C. Equine Park's (SCEP) revenue is up 20 percent during the last year, according to information SCEP Vice Chairman John Cushman provided Camden City Council during its meeting Feb. 23.
As listed in one of today's top stories, Kershaw County Council unanimously approved a list of short- and long-term goals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The short-term, or "Do Now," goals were further broken down into high, medium and low priority.
While there were some events which took place during the week, Friday night and Saturday marked the primary events connected to the first ever appearance of the EQUUS Film Festival WINNIE Winners Tour in Camden. If you missed it, don't worry; Camden Tourism Director Suzi Sale has already announced it'll be back next year.
We are, usually, tremendous advocates of exercising one's right to vote. And we, usually, express such advocacy with the old saying, "If you don't vote, you can't complain," meaning don't grumble about who gets elected if you didn't cast your vote for an opponent.
Many people in and around Camden know Jimmy Methe and his family. They know them for their love of animal life, big and small, often taking in critters to nurse them back to health or passing them on to those who know best how to do so. Methe is known for helping out when there's a clash between Kershaw County's wildlife and the humans who live in its midst.
We're glad to know construction to remake certain roads in and around Camden into an enforceable truck route will get underway Monday. However, we can't help thinking how frustrating it will be to have the affected portion of Springdale Drive and Boykin Road between Knights Hill Road and North Broad Street tied up with construction for the next 15 months.
Those of us in the newspaper business here in South Carolina who are also members of the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) receive an e-newsletter each week about things going on within the organization and also in journalism across the state and nation.
After reading today's coverage of this week's Kershaw County Board of Trustees meeting, one could easily get the sense of an "us versus them" mentality between North Central area parents and trustees, not to mention among some trustees themselves.