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.
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.
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.
• 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 ...
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.
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 ...
• 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 ...
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.
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.
• We note the passing of Debi Davis, former director of special needs for the Kershaw County School District. According to her obituary, Davis died after a year and a half-long battle with pancreatic cancer. In Friday's edition, co-workers, administrators and a parent of a special needs child all lauded Davis' work with the district. The district pointed out she was one of Doby's Mill Elementary School's first teachers when it opened. A co-worker noted Davis' passion for her work in making sure special needs students were taken care of Kershaw County. Her passion extended to another aspect ...
Oh, sure, everyone's been complaining a bit about the bitterly cold weather we've been having here in Kershaw County this week. And, yes, it's been unseasonably frigid, with the temperature nearly reaching single digits Thursday morning, with a wind chill considerably lower than that. But a few days of shivering are a small price to pay for a climate that is superior to most others in this country. In fact, it gave us South Carolinians a chance to experience some of those temps we see when watching weather broadcast from Minnesota or North Dakota -- on a temperate ...
We can't help but chuckle -- and shake our heads in dismay, at the same time -- at two recent incidents which clearly spotlight today's tendency to advocate a particular position, no matter what the consequences. In these cases, far-left groups are involved, and it's obvious that if they've ever heard the expression "what's good for the goose is good for the gander," they have no idea what it means.
• We mark with sadness the recent death of S. Parker Young, who was one of the top leaders at DuPont's May Plant during its glory days, when more than 4,000 people were employed there. Born in Dalzell, Mr. Young graduated from Clemson and then the University of Illinois before returning home -- he was born in Sumter -- with DuPont. He rose to a position of influence through his hard work, steady demeanor and good humor. Mr. Young was active not only at the May Plant but in his community, serving his fellow citizens in a variety of ways. He ...
We mentioned in an editorial earlier this week that Republicans in Washington have great opportunity ahead of them; the country is tired of deadlock and is looking for an effective Congress which will pass legislation and put much of the partisan bickering behind. But if the GOP is to move ahead, especially with Hispanic and African-American voters, it must put behind it the long history of party members associated with race-tinged organizations or statements.
As we wind down 2014 and enter another new year -- could 15 years possibly have passed since the vaunted millennium? -- there is much to look forward to here in Kershaw County and across the country. For the first time, there appears to be some traction in the economy, both locally and nationally, following a downturn that has been the worst financial period since the Great Depression.
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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