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 ...
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.)