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Boykin Spaniels

Earlier in the week, we had an opportunity on this page to celebrate one of Kershaw County's premier attractions, the Carolina Cup. And so now, we turn away again from the travails of an often somber world to note another local phenomenon -- the Boykin Spaniel, that hardy but lovable little dog that had its origins right here in Kershaw County.

April 04, 2014 | | Editorials


Carolina Cup

Weather forecasters -- a notoriously inaccurate lot -- did everything they could to dump a bucket of cold water on last Saturday's Carolina Cup, but despite their dire predictions, thousands of people turned out to the Springdale Race Course and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of horse racing and socializing, all topped off by a local horse winning the featured Carolina Cup race. We were reminded once again of all that the event means to this area and how much it burnishes the reputation of Camden.

April 02, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 31, 2014

• Congratulations to Camden High School (CHS) for becoming a 2014 Palmetto's Finest award winner Thursday. The jubilation in CHS' library was well-earned and an especially proud moment for Principal Dan Matthews. This is the second time Matthews has served as principal of a Kershaw County school earning the award, when he was at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. Along with all-time high test scores, judges lauded CHS for donating more than $100,000 and 5,000 service hours to various charities during the past five years. That's a great example of a school truly being a part of its community ...

March 31, 2014 | | Editorials


NLRB ruling

It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of the Gamecocks, Tigers, Bulldogs or Wolfpack. The face of college sports could change radically following a ruling earlier this week that football players at Northwestern University have the right to form a labor union. A National Labor Relations Board official ruled that at that academically exclusive school, athletes who receive full scholarships are considered employees under federal law and thus can unionize.

March 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Glenn McConnell

Camden and Kershaw County have a long history of sending many students to the College of Charleston, so there has been a great deal of interest in the recent choice of Glenn McConnell to be the school's next president. The selection has engendered controversy, and there have been protests among students and faculty members at the school. Indeed, McConnell is not a traditional choice to head an institution of higher learning, as academics almost always prefer one of their own. And in that vein, McConnell will bring both negatives and positives to the job.

March 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 24, 2014

• A tip of the C-I hat to the 1964 Camden High School marching band on the 50th anniversary of being named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at that year's New Orleans Mardis Gras. According to former trumpeter Jerry Sheheen, much praise can be heaped upon band director and teacher Bill Basden who was "very well respected and admired by all of those who he taught." It was a thrilling chance for Camden students of the day to visit The Big Easy during one of the most celebrated festivals in America. And we're sure having judges name them the ...

March 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Social Security office

Given the budget restraints that virtually all government agencies are facing, we understand why the Social Security office at 1111 Broad St. in Camden closed. Dollars are tight, and officials say Uncle Sam will save more than $3 million during the next 10 years by shutting down the local facility. But we'll hand failing marks to the agency for the way it handled the shutdown, notifying few people and making no attempt to contact its clients and the media, which could have spread the word of the shutdown.

March 21, 2014 | | Editorials


March Madness

For Kershaw County sports fans, like those across the country, few events can surpass in excitement the annual NCAA college basketball tournament, which has been known as March Madness for many years. (Well, here in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina-Clemson football game sits at the top of the list.) But this year, the tournament takes place amid much uncertainty regarding the basic structure of college sports.

March 19, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 17, 2014

• It's great to see our local law enforcement officers recognized for their excellent work keeping our communities safe. In the last two weeks, we've written about two Kershaw County deputies and four Camden Police officers honored either by their own organizations, Camden American Legion Post No. 17 or the S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN). The Camden Police Department (CPD) honored patrol officers John Patton and Penny Lloyd as its Officer of the Year and Wilson Clyburn award winners, respectively -- Patton for his desire to learn; Lloyd for her ability to connect with the public. In addition, Post ...

March 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Harrell case

Politics in South Carolina has always had its seamy side, but the current dust-up between Bobby Harrell, speaker of the state House of Representatives, and Attorney General Alan Wilson is especially intriguing. Harrell, a Charleston Republican, is being investigated for corruption, including possible misuse of campaign funds and possible misuse of his legislative position, charges that grew out of a grand jury proceeding. Law enforcement sources say Harrell's attorneys have been secretly trying to get a state judge to remove Wilson as the chief prosecutor.

March 14, 2014 | | Editorials


Sunday alcohol sales

Kershaw County Council was scheduled last night to hold first reading on an ordinance which would allow Sunday alcohol sales in the county. Both the towns of Camden and Elgin have in past years changed their laws to allow Sunday sales, and businesses in unincorporated areas are now left at a disadvantage in not being able to match those sales.

March 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 10, 2014

• As the C-I continues to report on the Briana Rabon murder, there is a lot of speculation about how she and her accused killer, Stephen Ross Kelly, knew each other. Officials have, so far, only said that they both attended Lugoff-Elgin High School and were acquaintances, but not involved in a romantic relationship. Rumors abound, however, which we always check out but rarely get confirmation for publication. That's fine. Frankly, it's best that rumors stay out of the newspaper as we let the investigative and judicial processes take whatever time is needed to bring justice for Briana and ...

March 10, 2014 | | Editorials


Fighting AIDS

The last couple weeks have brought astounding new developments in treatment of babies born with AIDS, raising for the first time the hope that perhaps a treatment has been found that will eradicate the disease in newborns who are born to mothers infected by the HIV virus. The first such case was reported last year, but there was skepticism among many in the scientific community. Earlier this week, a second similar case was reported. The first child, dubbed the "Mississippi baby," is now 3 years old and still virus-free; the second one shows no signs of HIV nine months after ...

March 07, 2014 | | Editorials


Reid’s hypocrisy

We aren't very keen on so-called super PACS, those political organizations which spend limitless money promoting one viewpoint or another. They buy huge blocks of television and radio time, along with newspaper ads, to launch attack ads against candidates, with much of the material in the ads questionable at best. Super PACS are a sad sign of what our political process has become.

March 05, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 3, 2014

• It was good, if still mixed, news from KershawHealth a week ago that January's financials looked a bit better than they have recently. The healthcare organization still posted a loss for the month -- as it has every month for some time now -- but only of $84,000. Compare that to $902,000 in losses for October 2013 alone and that is very good news. KershawHealth has a long way to go to combat a projected $32 million in operational losses by Fiscal Year 2018, less than five years away. However, last week's meeting also revealed that the KershawHealth ...

March 03, 2014 | | Editorials


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Noted and passed - Sept. 1, 2014

• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...

September 01, 2014 | | Editorials


Kids and guns

Whenever the subject of guns is brought up, it engenders strong opinion on both sides -- from those who believe in absolute Second Amendment rights, and from those who believe that nobody should be allowed to own a gun in any circumstances. Like most people, we fall somewhere in the middle, solidly on the side of Americans to own firearms but a bit dubious about why it makes sense for people to own Uzis and other automatic weapons that are made with the express purpose of killing people.

August 29, 2014 | | Editorials


College football’s here

We comment on sports issues in this space on a regular basis, because athletics are so ingrained into the culture of Kershaw County and South Carolina. This week marks the kick-off of college football season in the Palmetto State, and several developments highlight the changing culture of the pigskin pastime here.

August 27, 2014 | | Editorials


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