The Beechwood development process which has been ongoing for years proceeded on Tuesday, June 9, when Camden City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation to rezone the Knights Hill Road property, thereby permitting the development of a 254-unit retirement community. This outcome was very predictable, given coordinated deliberations behind the scene well prior to the supposed open meeting to consider citizen input and then vote.
June 15, 2015|
Daniel W. Burger Jr.
Our family was blessed to grow up in the Wateree (Kendall) mill village. The Kendall Mill played a very important role in our lives as it provided, through the hard work of our father, food for the table and clothes (what few there were) on our back. We were a happy crew – seven children plus Mama and Daddy – in that little mill village home that is still our gathering place today. How wonderful it is to still call it "home".
As a property owner of land contiguous to Beechwood and also as a citizen interested in seeing Camden move forward, I appreciate the opportunity to express my views via our local newspaper. I am not opposed to an upscale retirement community being developed on the Beechwood property. I think it could add value to our city, if properly executed, and be a good business proposition for the developers and future residents.
I read, with interest, Mr. Dan Burger's letter entitled "Hunt Cup resident unhappy about Beechwood plans." I had the privilege of working under Dan at the May Plant, and I know him to be an intelligent man of character and integrity. Therefore, it is with great respect for the man and his viewpoint with which I reflect upon his letter.
I am a resident of Camden. I have lived here three times: first to work for DuPont in 1966; in the '80s as assistant plant manager at DuPont; and eight years ago to retire. I retired from Geneva, Switzerland as president of DuPont Europe, Middle East and Africa. I have lived in a variety of communities in the U.S. and Europe.
June 03, 2015|
Daniel W. Burger Jr.
Utter disgust is an understatement with regard to the "political correctness" and liberal direction of the civilian "leadership" being exercised within the United States of America. This disgust extends from the national level down to the local level in both the public sector and the private sector, but most particularly in the public (governmental) sector. There seemingly is a growing disregard for the values our country was founded upon and defended by the sacrifices of those who have served to protect the values, peace and freedoms we enjoy. This disregard and "political correctness" has steadily grown during the past 20 ...
On behalf of the employees of the Elgin Post Office, please allow me to express my appreciation to our customers for their participation in the 23rd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9.
June 03, 2015|
Today, I read with great regret that I will not get to read Glenn Tucker's column every Friday. It is serious, funny and informative. Most of the time it hit the bullseye. Also, I feel like I know Waylon Fortenberry and looked forward to his comments on situations. Glenn is still young in writer years, so maybe he will come back sooner rather than later.
It was recently reported that nine counties in our great state of South Carolina have been convicted or are in the process of convicting their sheriff on some kind of wrongdoing (breaking the law). The sub-headline was labeled "others in trouble," meaning other sheriffs. The main headline was about ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, who became the ninth sheriff convicted. All nine of the sheriffs are serving time, awaiting trial, received time or performed community, and one has died. All of these charges on these nine sheriffs were not misdemeanors. In other words, these guys knew what they were doing ...
I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.