Recently, we interviewed Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews about the dichotomy of doing a good job enforcing the state's driving under the influence (DUI) laws, but lamenting how badly those laws are flawed.
We notice in today's Yesteryear feature an interesting coincidence: 29 years ago this week, the Kershaw County School Board of School Trustees decided to delay a facilities study until members and district officials could meet with a bond referendum consultant and, possibly hold a meeting to get feedback on the potential projects and funding.
Friday, we published two reports concerning funding for upcoming or possible future infrastructure projects. The first came from Kershaw County Council's Sept. 8 meeting where Councilman Jimmy Jones presented alternate funding proposals to pay for making improvements at various county industrial sites.
Fourteen years ago today, foreign terrorists attacked America on American soil. September 11, 2001, was a Tuesday that year. The terrorists boarded four planes, slammed two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another into The Pentagon and tried to crash the last into the White House.
So, Rick Santorum visited Chapin, participating in the town's Labor Day parade. He is not the first presidential candidate to visit South Carolina as we near 2016 and he won't be the last. Indeed, there are so many candidates visiting South Carolina these days, it's hardly news.
• Wow! Another major corporate investment is coming to Kershaw County, this time to the tune of $88 million (see our front page). As with Haier's recent $72 million, 410-job investment, at this stage, we have no idea which company will be revealed as what is currently being called "Project Stagecoach." Is it an existing company investing in extra technology? Or a complete newcomer to Kershaw County with several hundred new jobs. Time will tell. What we will suggest is with Suonimen's recent announcement, INVISTA's decision to bring 200 contract jobs in-house, Haier's plans and, now, Project ...
We were happy to report on last Saturday's groundbreaking at the site of the county's first Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant playground at the Kershaw County-West Complex at Whitehead Road and U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.
Today's editorial is inspired by Marshall Ramsey's elegant cartoon (above) recognizing the courage, resilience, strength and persistence of those whose lives were irrevocably changed 10 years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, we reported on this summer's excessive heat and its effects on city of Camden electric bills. Several of us here at the Chronicle-Independent noted bills from a period covering most of the month of June appeared much higher than usual. We also received calls and in-person inquiries about the spike.
Sitting on a jury is inconvenient at best, time consuming at least and, at worst, scary, depending on the case being heard. It is also one of the most important, honorable duties for which an American can be chosen.
• Congratulations to local McDonald's franchisee George Sensor for earning the company's Al Golin Trust Award. As we reported on a recent People & Places page, Sensor received the award -- one of the highest a McDonald's owner/operator can receive -- for outstanding commitment to their local communities, employees, and customers. Horse owner, animal lover and businessman, Sensor is also very well known in the community for his charitable contributions. One of the more recent and visible examples is his donation of a utility van to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. The Al Golin award is a well-deserved achievement ...
While Editor Martin L. Cahn tackles the open government issue of executive sessions in his column today, we'll take space here to address another concern based on the freedom of information: paying for copies of public records.
Friday marks the annual match-up between the Camden High School (CHS) Bulldogs and Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) Demons football teams. It's a much looked forward to start of the high school football season, along with last Friday's Jamboree. We wish both teams well and are excited to see who comes out on top this year.
• We are glad two teenage girls missing from Camden for nearly a week were located, safely. We are glad the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office took the case seriously, did not give up and did what needed to be done to find them. What we still wonder about -- and likely will due to their status as minors -- is why the two girls ran from deputies when they were located at a Camden motel. Insofar as we know, no adults have been charged with the case. Folks commenting on Facebook have, on one hand, said the girls have done this sort ...