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 ...
It could be a coincidence Haier America announced plans to hold an Aug. 20 press conference just a day after Kershaw County Council voted on matters pertaining to a more than $72 million expansion for something called "Project Picture."
Monday, hundreds of teachers returned to their classrooms or entered them for the first time as they prepared for the new school year here in Kershaw County. Next Monday, thousands of students will return to classes, some for the first time, too, others moving up to their next grade.
As our front page story and picture attest, Thursday night's thunderstorm was a strong one, managing -- among other things -- to knock out a major electric power distribution line to the Camden area. The only major reported incident was a barn fire resulting in a total loss.
(As today's editorial, we present the following blog post by Callie Neal, a former Camden High School [CHS] student, daughter of CHS Athletic Director Jimmy Neal and Camden Middle School Band Director Nancy Neal. Ms. Neal, now an educator herself at Summerville High School, sent us a copy of her post for publication. It expresses our feelings as well regarding the tragic death of CHS student Drew David.)
Our neighbors to the east (Lee County) are having fun again with the alleged reappearance of the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp. The most recent accounts include a picture sent to the media this week by a woman only known as "Sarah;" and a video taken by an unknown hunter who said he recorded the Lizard Man back in May, but waited until Sarah released her photo to share it with the world.
• We, as we suspect many others do, look forward to the day when the new version of the Armory restaurant opens in downtown Camden. Chef and co-owner Ed Caraminas says he'll take some of the old business' menu, remake them with his own recipes and add favorites from his former Boston and Florida restaurants. The mention of Maryland blue crab caught several C-I staffers' attention. Going back to its days as The Paddock, the Armory has been a place to go and a culinary attraction for visitors to our city. It will be nice to welcome it back into ...