Welcome to the first-ever Tuesday edition of the Chronicle-Independent. As you can see, in addition to repackaging our old three times a week news for twice weekly publication, we're bringing you more color to our pages.
Not long ago, the words "Done deal!" graced our front page, trumpeting the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' unanimous vote to have Chair Karen Eckford sign the finalized lease/purchase and management agreements with Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
We are disappointed to hear of Agnes Slayman's resignation as superintendent of the Chester County School District (CCSD). Kershaw County School District administrators, teachers, staff and students may remember Slayman from her 20 years here as a high school assistant principal, middle and high school principal and, finally, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She left the district to become CCSD superintendent in January 2012.
Fire Fest celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday at the nearly renovated Rhame Arena in downtown Camden. It celebrates this anniversary with much of its traditional fare -- the 9 a.m. parade of fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles down Broad Street (this year, beginning at Rutledge Street, according to the event's Facebook page); side-by-side burn demonstrations, showing how important residential sprinkler systems can be; the annual Explorers competition; and lots of vendors, food and other fun.
• Congratulations to Dr. Larry Parrott on being honored with a Leadership Legacy bench as part of the city's Leaders Legacy recognition program. Parrott, as noted in Friday's cover story, served as a pathologist at what is now KershawHealth for more than 30 years. He has, for even longer, served the community in a variety of ways, through his church, Bethesda Presbyterian; at Rotary; and by supporting youth sports and activities. As Camden Mayor Tony Scully put it during Tuesday's bench dedication: "This remarkable man, who has shaped this community for the better, has demonstrated by his actions ...
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.