• Property rights vs. community pride is a conflict as old as civilization itself. In recent months, we've reported on two attempts to regulate the appearance of properties in an effort to clean up our communities. Back in October, Kershaw County Council rejected, 3-4, third reading of an ordinance which would have given the county authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings deemed a nuisance to neighbors or the community at large. More recently, Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer proposed an ordinance which, if passed in December, would fine owners of blighted properties if they don't clean them up after being ...
Lawyers of every political persuasion are lining up in Washington to have their say on the legality or illegality of the plan President Obama intends to implement regarding amnesty for illegal aliens who are in the United States without proper authorization, with one major network saying the president's plan to take the immigration system into his own hands "is a daring test of the limits of presidential power."
Operating under the simple premise that citizens have a right to know as much as they can about how their government officials operate, and how that affects governmental agencies as a whole, we almost always favor laws and regulations which require transparency in government. Transparency, of course, is an overused word, but it basically means that government agencies must operate in a way that allows citizens to observe what's happening, and even to have input about what's taking place.
• Once again, we mention the good work of Brian Mayes in this space. Seven years ago -- in response to the death of Camden High School student Michael Smith in Kershaw County's only gang-related shooting -- Mayes said the community had to become "a better gang than the gangs." What he meant is Camden and Kershaw County had to offer young people alternatives to gang life and choices which could land them in jail, or worse. Two events this month prove Mayes has planted good seeds we hope will bear fruit for generations to come. First, the official ribbon cutting ceremony ...
Two separate incidents in Kershaw County this week have proven, once again, the unpredictability of pit bulls and the danger of owning such dogs. We have wondered on prior occasions what moves people to possess breeds that have a history of violence.
Picture this: a young man from Kershaw County graduates at the top of his high school class and turns down academic college scholarship offers in favor of joining the Navy and pursuing his dream of becoming a Seal, the most elite fighting corps. He makes it through the rigorous training, attains his dream and distinguishes himself in combat during two tours of duty in the Middle East. He comes home on leave to propose to his high school sweetheart, votes in a local election and then goes to a local restaurant with some old buddies, where he can't buy ...
• There wasn't much but political news during the last week or so, what with an election, the campaigning leading up to it and some post-election follow-up. That doesn't mean there wasn't anything else to talk about. Perhaps the biggest non-political story found the Camden High School (CHS) football team celebrating its re-entry into the playoffs following an appellate panel's reversal of an executive committee's upholding of a S.C. High School League (SCHSL) administrator's ban on post-season and 2015 jamboree games. Whew. While some might argue for a "hand of one is the hand ...
Voters across the country stormed to the polls Tuesday to throw Democrats out of office. That might be a harsh way of putting it, but it's exactly what happened. The Republican Party, passed off as all but dead six years ago when President Obama was elected, gained control of both houses of Congress by increasing its margin in the House and gaining several seats in the Senate. And as South Carolina's own Sen. Lindsey Graham said after winning a resounding re-election, voters will throw the GOP out in two years if they don't accomplish something in Washington ...
This is being written prior to Tuesday night's election returns, so with results unknown, we can only voice our hope that following the tallying of the votes, this country's leaders will do more to move the nation forward than they have in the past. The constant wrangling of past years has left voters irritated and worried about the direction of the United States. Indeed, a national news story noted that despite some good signs -- including an economy that's improving, though slowly, and gas prices below $3 a gallon for the first time in four years -- there is ...
A Columbia art gallery owner recently accused the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County of censorship for removing two paintings from a show featuring three Columbia artists. We have a different take.
We wrote recently of a change in the way KershawHealth is managing its emergency department, sending seriously threatened patients to one area for immediate, vital care while directing others who are less ill to be treated in a non-emergency system. It's cost-effective, but also provides quality care for both types of patients.
One of the problems with the expense of health care is the fact that many people tend to use a hospital's emergency room as their primary care facility, going there with normal ailments such as flu and severe colds. Emergency room care is expensive -- too costly to be used in that way. KershawHealth is no different than other hospitals in that regard, and the decision to "split" the emergency department there is a sound one.
Today, the Chronicle-Independent begins a series of articles summarizing the candidates and issues that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, one week from Tuesday. Perhaps the most contentious race isn't between candidates but between "yes" and "no" on two referenda offered by the Kershaw County School District.
We've always believed the United States government works best when power is divided -- that is, with a president from one party and a Congress controlled by the opposite party. As of now, of course, we have a Democratic president and a split Congress, with the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans and the Senate dominated by Democrats. There are multiple forecasting models out there for the upcoming election, with most of them giving the GOP a better-than-even chance of gaining a majority in the Senate while retaining control of the House.
What should have been a celebration of a sturdy football win by Camden High School (CHS) turned into an ugly incident Friday night at Zemp Stadium when a brawl occurred as players went through the handshake line following the game. The incident led to a significant amount of publicity across the state, causing a black eye to CHS and the city itself. While various investigations of the fight continue, including scrutiny by the Camden Police Department for possible criminal conduct, it appears the brawl was triggered by Dreher players.
We offer our condolences to the family, friends and all of us who benefited from Sylvia Upton "Sibby" Wood's life. Wood, also known as "Sib," supported or was otherwise involved in so many things here in Kershaw County, they are almost too numerous to count. But count them we shall try as we mourn her death last week in Michigan at the age of 81.
Tomorrow is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, when this country celebrates its birthday. This year, July 4 marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the document which signaled to the world the original 13 British colonies were breaking away from Mother England.
During the last week, we have published two reports on KershawHealth. The first, growing out of the hospital's most recent board of trustees meeting, focused on its market share. It is relatively healthy, thanks to KershawHealth's being the only hospital in all of Kershaw County. More people living in the county turn to KershawHealth for emergency care than anywhere else. However, the report -- broadly speaking -- noted a decrease in market share in outpatient services and only slight increases for inpatient services.
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