Even here in Kershaw County we wonder: what do we do and what do we say about what happened in Dallas, Texas, last week? And it's not just about Dallas, but about Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., as well.
The city of Camden has been doing quite a bit of work to boost tourism and generate more economic development. The Wayfinding Sign project is well underway and is really making the town look good. Thanks in large part to such incentives as the façade grant program, many buildings downtown are looking sharp. And thanks in large part to an economic development incentive ordinance passed in December 2015, a new 64 room hotel is coming to the I-20/Exit 98 area.
Once a year, on July 4th, we could easily rename Lake Wateree as Lake Fireworks. That's because, each year, the Lake Wateree Association (LWA) puts on a fantastic fireworks show on the lake everyone can enjoy.
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 a noted lecturer on Nathaniel Greene and the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill coming up this Thursday along with Sunday's Patriots, Picnic and Pops event.
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 disappointed with the S.C. General Assembly for not finding a way through to regulate the release of police dash cam video and, even more important, revise the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
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 Charleston, one of the oldest African-American congregations in the U.S. We wrote then -- and still believe now -- "Charleston has shown the rest of the country how to transcend such grief in a non-violent, some would even say, loving way."
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 budget"), it included an amendment put forward by Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. to create an annual $49,000 fund -- pulled out of the capital reserve fund -- for seven district accounts of $7,000 each.
Friday, we published a guest column from Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews detailing several recent, violent incidents to which deputies responded. Matthews said deputies respond to such incidents, patrol our communities and respond to other emergencies while making a starting salary of only $31,500. Furthermore, he said 11 of the 22 deputies who have left the department since Jan. 2015 have done so for higher salaries.
People all over Camden are talking about the city's new district, historic marker and street signs. As well they should. They are not merely new -- something which, in and of itself, would have been nice -- they are attractive and, as promised, tie into each other by design.
With the passing of the Memorial Day Weekend, Kershaw County and the rest of the state moved into the unofficial start of the summer season. From now until mid-August when our kids go back to school, we will be engaged in various summertime activities: vacations, camping trips, baseball games, swimming at the beach or a pool and so on.
The holiday weekend which ended yesterday marked two significant observances here in Kershaw County: Graduation day on Saturday for the county's public high school seniors (Camden Military Academy [CMA] graduates matriculated a week ago Sunday). Monday, of course, marked Memorial Day.