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Noted and passed - July 13, 2015

• Congratulations to Sammy Small Jr. on being named president of First Palmetto Bank. The bank, and the Small family, has a long history in Camden, being the only locally-headquartered banking institution in the county. Small Jr.'s father, Sammy Small Sr., has led First Palmetto for decades, and will continue as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. As president, Small Jr. will oversee day-to-day operations of the more than 110-year-old company while continuing as chief operating officer and general counsel. Customers, shareholders and employees should know, based on board of directors' comments, First Palmetto is in good hands ...

July 13, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Bad apples don’t make the bunch

Since February, four Kershaw County law enforcement officers have been arrested, accused of various offenses. They include one Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy, one Camden Police Department (CPD) officer and two Elgin Police Department (EPD) officers.

July 10, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Sheheen’s speech

Monday, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, made what may go down in modern political history as one of the most important and one of the best speeches ever heard from the floor of the S.C. State Senate.

July 08, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Sibby’s legacy

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.

July 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Fourth of July

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.

July 03, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: KershawHealth

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.

July 01, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Working together

Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Finally, a budget

Well, the S.C. General Assembly certainly took its time. Finally, a state budget's been hammered out and sent on to Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.

June 26, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Move the flag and move it now

Nearly eight years ago, nine heroic Charleston firefighters lost their lives in a tragic accident fighting the Super Sofa store fire. Last week, nine wonderful Charlestonians' lives were snuffed out, this time in the Emanuel AME Church shooting. However, this time the tragedy was no accident.

June 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Charleston

The grief felt from the murder of nine innocent people at Charleston's historic Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest African-American congregations in the nation, Wednesday night is encompassing many South Carolinians as we compassionately mourn the senseless loss of life taken while in the midst of a weekly prayer meeting.

June 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Phil Minges

Phil Minges came to Camden to help build the DuPont plant and worked for the company for the next 50 years. He left in 2000 after serving four years as a Camden City Council member and an additional eight years as mayor.

June 19, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Hootie grant

We have often used this space to show our support or otherwise congratulate those in our community doing everything they can to contribute to the well-being of our young people. We do so again today as we congratulate Brian Mayes of the Jackson Teen Center and Paul Napper of The ALPHA Center on obtaining an $8,000 grant from the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation.

June 17, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - June 15, 2015

• It has been a busy week, as they all are, for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), but they are on the job day and night with the mission of serving the people of this county and making it a safer place for residents and visitors alike. The Tuesday arrest of an Elgin couple on charges of distributing heroin may have come as a surprise to many, but heroin and other opium-based narcotics are making a big comeback, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews, because people get hooked on the prescription equivalents of the drug, which are quite expensive. When ...

June 15, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Triple Crown connection

Equestrian fans thrilled to watch the triumph nearly a week ago of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years: American Pharoah. His name is now among only 12 horses to ever win the Belmont Stakes, Preakness and Kentucky Derby in one season, the first since Affirmed in 1978.

June 12, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Slager indictment

During the last year or so, we have seen a series of officer-involved shootings, some deadly, and other incidents with race playing a factor. And we've seen a variety of reactions depending on where these tragic events took place, including riots in Baltimore, Md., and Ferguson, Mo.

June 10, 2015 | | Editorials


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Passers-by may be seeing all kinds of activity around the area, especially in Camden.

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(Occasionally Phil Noble has guest writers for his columns. This week's entry is by Corey Hutchins, 2011 and 2012 S.C. Press Association Journalist ...

July 15, 2016 | Corey Hutchins | Editorials


Thank a cop

At Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting, Camden's Bob Clithero -- an Air Force veteran from the Korea and Vietnam wars -- urged the public to ...

July 15, 2016 | | Editorials


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