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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


Editorial: Road dollars

Recently, the S.C. Senate voted to spend $400 million on roads. Sounds great, right? We all know South Carolina's roads need work. A lot of work. We all have driven on roads which have at the very least embarrassed us as local residents, if not caused damage to our vehicles due to their sorry state of disrepair.

March 18, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: No-bill

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.

March 15, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Sheheen and Kelly

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.

March 11, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Break-ins

Last week's headlines regarding the arrest of four young men for a string of automobile break-ins in Camden, east Camden and Lugoff offer what we feel are valuable lessons.

March 08, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Tony Scully

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.

March 04, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: Equine Park

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.

March 01, 2016 | | Editorials


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Editorial: Historic Camden

During the past several issues of this newspaper, we have published stories related to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. We've promoted the appearance of ...

June 28, 2016 | | Editorials


Parker: Brexit, meet Trexit

WASHINGTON -- With Britain's vote to leave the European Union, did Donald Trump just win the presidential election?

June 28, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Editorials


Tatum: Fear and loathing in the U.S. of A.

"Paranoia strike deep, into your life it will creep, it starts when you're always afraid, step out of line the man will come and ...

June 28, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Editorials


Editorial: A lack of will

Elsewhere on our website, Editor Martin L. Cahn laments the lack of compromise on gun control on the national level. In similar fashion, we are ...

June 24, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: The Emmanuel Nine

A year ago, the grief was still fresh. We were all still reeling from the murders of nine innocent people at Emanuel AME Church in ...

June 21, 2016 | | Editorials


Editorial: District accounts

When Kershaw County Council passed third and final reading of the county's proposed budget on a 4-3 vote Tuesday (see "County council passes final ...

June 17, 2016 | | Editorials


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