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Noted and passed - Feb. 16, 2015

• Thank goodness KershawHealth and Kershaw County came to an agreement on the county's taking over emergency management services (EMS). When its deal with Capella Healthcare closes -- likely by March 31 -- KershawHealth will pay $2.636 million for EMS to become a county-provided service starting July 1. In exchange, the county is giving up all interest in any KershawHealth real estate and other property. As we recently said, any other outcome would have been disastrous for county residents, since it could have threatened to kill the Capella deal. Instead, the way has been smoothed for Capella to operate KershawHealth with ...

February 16, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Water buffers

We were glad to see the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission vote to keep existing buffer zones between buildings and waterways at their present size rather than reduce them. The matter came up for discussion at the request of Commissioner J. Henry Walker. After hearing evidence and comments from several people, Walker joined the other four commissioners in voting unanimously to keep the buffers in place. That's a boost for maintaining water quality, especially at Lake Wateree.

February 12, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Brian Williams

There's a good chance here in Kershaw County, as across the rest of the United States, more people tune in to watch the evening news with NBC's Brian Williams than with any of his competitors. Williams' predecessor, Tom Brokaw, inspired great confidence in viewers, a quality necessary for good anchors, and which has carried over; Williams has an easy way of connecting with viewers. But now, on hiatus while NBC investigates claims he made that appear not to be true, Williams' future is uncertain.

February 11, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Feb. 9, 2015

• Today, we continue our Black History Month celebration with two stories: a front page piece on Potter's Computer in Lugoff a People & Places highlight of the county's annual Black History Month exhibit. Black History Month celebrates a very large part of our country's -- and county's -- diverse culture. Camden Mayor Tony Scully's recent column on Black History Month highlighted a number of African-Americans most people, unfortunately, have likely never heard of before. Our aim in highlighting local companies, like Potter's Computer, is to show minorities can and should succeed in small business. Here's hoping ...

February 09, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: College recruiting

A couple of decades ago, the biggest day of college football season was the opening game, when fans could get their first chance to see how their team looked. But then the recruiting circus blew up, and now, national signing day, which took place Wednesday, is perhaps the most anticipated event of all. Recruiting, and the news surrounding it, have become industries unto themselves, with all sorts of services ranking recruits and following their every tweet.

February 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Good news

Two bright spots for Camden were revealed in Monday's issue of the Chronicle-Independent, and in an age when bad news seems to dominate -- at least at the national level -- it's worth spotlighting those things again.

February 04, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: EMS face-off

Last week's face-off between Kershaw County Council and KershawHealth about the county's $3 million request to carry EMS operations highlighted just how important it is for the hospital to be turned over to Capella Healthcare.

February 02, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Hill's survey

This country has, in many instances, gone overboard in enforcing the first amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The founding fathers never intended to remove all semblances of religion from public life, yet we have moved in that direction. But a recent attempt by one South Carolina lawmaker to question potential judges about religious matters went far beyond reason and was properly squelched by state agency staffers.

January 30, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Friendship Nine

About an hour north of Camden, nine civil rights protestors from the 1960s are scheduled today to receive a measure of justice after being jailed for staging a lunch counter protest in Rock Hill more than a half-century ago. Known as the Friendship Nine because they attended the now-defunct Friendship Junior College, the men protested a segregated lunch counter at a McCrory's store in 1961; they had decided prior to their actions that after being arrested, they would refuse bail and instead serve jail sentences as a way to spotlight their actions and the injustice leading to the sit-in.

January 28, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Jan. 26, 2015

• We hope you had as much fun reading our recent front page story on the 2015 Junior Leadership Kershaw County's etiquette class as we did putting it together. The entire Junior Leadership program -- taking some of Kershaw County's brightest and most promising students and giving them the opportunity to interact with a variety of leaders from across the county -- is one we're lucky to have in our community. The etiquette class, held at Boykin's Mill Pond Steakhouse, taught these already well-mannered teens the finer points of moving through society, especially at a fancy restaurant. Parents often ...

January 26, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: State of the Union

Kershaw County residents who watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night might agree with us that perhaps it's time to call a halt to the entire production. That's not a slam at President Obama, for he did nothing more overtly political than his predecessors from both parties have been doing for years. It's just that the term "state of the union" bears little resemblance to what actually occurs at the annual event; it's become little more than a political circus.

January 23, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have been buddies for a long time, and they're cut out of the same cloth: moderate Republicans who are willing to cross the aisle to get legislation passed. The far-right wing of the GOP makes a lot of noise about whacking Graham down to size, but he keeps winning elections by sizeable margins. That suits us fine. We'll have to admit we thought it was pretty funny recently when McCain said he'd like to see his "illegitimate son, Lindsey Graham" make a run for the ...

January 21, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Jan. 19, 2015

• A major tip of the C-I hat to newly installed District 5 Kershaw County Councilman Dennis Arledge, briefly hospitalized in recent days and, therefore unable to attend his first council meeting. It would have been easy for anyone in his situation to ask to take his oath of office at council's next meeting. Instead, he arranged to take the oath, with his wife at his bedside, from former Councilman Gene McCaskill on Jan. 13. Later that afternoon, at the official swearing-in ceremony, those gathered to see others take their oaths applauded enthusiastically when shown a picture of Arledge taking ...

January 19, 2015 | | Editorials


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


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Editorial: Tone it down

There are many things we like about Gov. Nikki Haley, chief among them being her determined focus on economic development. Haley has been a tireless campaigner for South Carolina when it comes to attracting business to the Palmetto State, and it's paid off in lots of jobs and significant tax revenue. We also like the fact she's a female of Indian descent who helps the diversity picture in South Carolina.

March 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Ted Cruz

In this day of polarized politics, you rarely hear a member of one party criticize a member of the same party, and you seldom hear a compliment thrown towards a candidate from someone who resides in the opposite camp. But earlier this week, as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign, Rep. Peter King of New York, a Republican just like Cruz, was free in dismissing Cruz as "a guy with a big mouth and no results." Going on to liken Cruz to a carnival barker, King verbally eviscerated the Texas senator. Of course, there's ...

March 25, 2015 | | Editorials


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