Regarding recreation centers under fire, there's a larger picture we need to look at.
Does anyone remember this?
Among many in town, the old kitchen house of Bloomsbury, c 1849, was severely damaged during the April storms. A 105-inch circumference White Oak fell on the roof. The oak broke through the roof and destroyed the upper one-third of the cooking chimney. With the significant damage limited to the old kitchen house, the major impact was the deletion of open fire/family cooking. If not the storm, the summer heat would have temporarily halted open fire cooking until fall.
I have never before felt compelled to write a letter to our local newspaper or any other newspaper for that matter, but I do now. I own a business near Camden that draws hundreds of "out of town" people to stay in our motels and B&Bs, buy gas, eat out and shop. This supports my business and injects revenue into our community which obviously is a win/win, so I understand how important tourism can be to our town.
I read with dismay Mr. Risvold's Aug. 16 letter to the editor and, as I also am a proud American, I feel I must reply to some parts of it.
Recently I have been receiving many calls wishing to sell me something or begging for contributions. For example, a state university has called me and my husband to ask to be included in wills and have a donation given. A salesman, ostensibly from a local cemetery, has called to have me buy a plot and/or have his group put flowers on my mother-in-law's grave. Is such a behavior not illegal if certainly reprehensible?
I was in my hometown -- the fair city of Camden -- June 30-July 12. It is always nice to be home, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I attended and graduated from Jackson Elementary, Jackson Junior High and Jackson High schools.
Not so fast, Mayor Graham and city council. Let's talk tourism. The National Steeplechase Museum is sponsoring a new antiques fair at Rhame Arena in October. The arena is downtown with lots of parking and extremely convenient to the interstate. Think about it -- if council had its way, the arena would have been torn down by now and taxpayers would be spending $6 to $8 million on a new YMCA on the Mather Academy property. Can we house an antiques fair at the YMCA? Can we hold the annual Firefest event at the YMCA?
We love Camden. After moving here in 1978, Camden has become "our hometown." When traveling here or abroad and asked where we are from, with a note of pride, Camden, South Carolina, is our answer. My office is in the city. Our home is in the county. Having said that, when we read about the antics of the mayor and his city manager sidekick each week in the paper, we breathe a deep sigh. From one perspective, we're not concerned. It's not our tax money they are wasting -- we live in the county. And, when we drive by ...
Several months ago, I was honored to be asked to serve as the chairman of this year's United Way campaign.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this issue, my problem is with books with excessive profanity being used in the Kershaw County School District. The one discussed in this article used the "F" word close to 20 times along with other multiple, in my opinion, socially unacceptable words. I have to refer to this word as the "F" word because it would otherwise not be printed in this paper, just as it wasn't used in the WLTX news broadcast, but still OK for our school district to make it available to our kids.
I am a proud American who, according to County Councilman Jimmy Jones, would meet his definition of a Patriot. After all, I served over 28 years in the Marine Corps, earning the rank of sergeant major, (command sergeant major for you Army veterans) in the Infantry. My grandfather also served in World War I, my father served in the Korean War, and my son now serves as a Marine. That makes me a veteran with a proud family tradition of serving our county. The dictionary though describes a Patriot as a person who loves and loyally or zealously supports his ...
This old coach has followed with interest the comments of many who have offered legitimate questions about a proposed new recreation facility. To make a long story short, neither the city of Camden nor Kershaw County needs a second youth recreation program. Plain and simple, the area does not have the finances to entertain such extravagance. In light of today's on-going national economic meltdown, neither government should be contemplating the construction of new buildings for any reason, especially when in this case, there are excellent, existing, centrally located facilities that meet and exceed any and all plans the city ...
Most people are very upset about the recent property tax assessments including myself. After reading the comments of County Assessor Randy Roberts and Deputy Assessor Mark Griffiths it sounds like the excuses have already started to justify the increases. Their comments of " location, location, location" and "having unique housing markets in Camden" must be very specific in these markets.
In response to all the controversy of a YMCA coming to Camden, I have read articles for and against. We are going to be spending a lot of money on committees and studies by city council and county council about the YMCA. This looks to me like we are getting the cart before the horse. With so many people opposed to or in support of the YMCA, why not – before spending all this money -- place the issue on the ballot and let the people decide. This would save a lot of money.
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907:
I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.
I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...
I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.
One of the best things about being an educator is the opportunity to share in the success of students' educational careers. Watching students learn to read, speak a foreign language or pass an AP exam are highlights that I've shared with numerous young people over the years, but none of them comes close to what I consider one the best highpoints I ever experienced: the excitement that I saw on the faces of the students from North Central High School years ago when I informed them about the improvements being made to their school as part of Phase 1 ...
The city of Camden needs experienced professionals, invested citizens working for everyone; the city of Camden needs Jeffrey Graham elected on Nov. 4. Join me in voting for a man with a proven record:
The probate court handles estates, conservatorships and guardianships among other things, all of which are important because they affect the lives of people. When choosing the right candidate for the position of probate judge, we first should take into consideration the candidate's experience and knowledge of the job they are seeking. Debbie Branham is a paralegal with 20 years of experience, handling more than 1,000 probate and estate matters. She has been in the courtroom assisting an attorney in trial. She understands the law, the procedures of the court and the probate process. She has the experience and ...
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Kershaw County will have the chance to cast their vote for chairman of Kershaw County Council. I am honored to announce that I am endorsing Julian Burns for this position. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burns over the past few months, and one thing that I have come to admire about him is his desire to serve his community.
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