The Y or no Y debate has become combative. The City has stood fast, probably believing it has public support. The opponents, including me, are just as steadfastly convinced we will win either in a referendum or a lawsuit, or both.
Our family moved to Camden in 2004 from the Dallas area. My wife Amy grew up here, so we were excited to have the opportunity to move to Camden to raise our children in a small town. I am a CPA and Partner with Grant Thornton LLP in Columbia. The YMCA has had a wonderful influence on my life and career. I am hopeful that City Council will move forward with the plan to bring a Y to our town.
You have heard every American citizen shares in our national debt. Today -- each of us, newborns, included! Approximately $48,000! How much would you owe when you add a home mortgage, automobile debt, credit card debt, insurance bills, food bill, and energy bill each month? Be this the case, would you or I ever get out of debt? This is not counting the possible raising the national debt that Obama is wanting by another $1.5 trillion in early this year. This president wants to break our country. Do you the taxpayer like this? I do not! This is a ...
Recently, my mother-in-law passed away. On Jan. 1st, we had her funeral at Powers Funeral Home in Lugoff. Robbie and his team went to great lengths to be sure everything was done in a very professional way. I am not writing to thank them. I was able to thank them in person. I am writing this because of the policemen who work for the city of Camden. The respect they showed as the family members and friends went through the stoplights was greatly appreciated. I grew up in Camden and as long as I can remember, our policemen stood with ...
This is an attempt to heal the people of Kershaw County for the recent events that have caused divisions in our county. We have people in this world who have created acts of violence and destroyed lives. This type of people comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Hats off to the folks who rescued the starving horses in Kershaw County! What a heartwarming story. These folks are to be commended.
I teach scrapbooking and sell acid-free albums and supplies. Therefore, I was surprised to see the article "Easy ways to reuse and recycle holiday gift wrap" in the Friday, Dec. 30, C-I. One of the uses listed for discarded wrapping paper was to "Use in scrapbooking or as an inexpensive matting for photos." Gift wrap is not acid-free and will cause photos and other paper keepsakes to turn brown and/or deteriorate. The other uses listed sound like really good ideas.
I believe that a person who is elected to a position of leadership should never enter the post without a solid position about the future that he/she believes is best for the people who have elected him/her. I have spent my entire life, except for my college years, in Camden, and I am proud to say that my son, daughter-in-law and grandson live here also. As I have grown older, I have watched my beloved hometown shrink and be filled with parks that became run-down, infrastructure that became outdated, streets that were filled with potholes, and a city ...
Football season is almost over, Christmas is past, and it's time to recall some of the memories from years gone by.
One of the reasons I pursued a career in community forestry is because I like trees and people. They both fascinate and amaze me. The latter more so now-a-days that I am working for a municipality. I've been astounded and a bit bewildered at the dismay and disappointment from citizens, co-workers and acquaintances alike regarding this year's Christmas tree at City Hall. Since I am a public servant and feel accountable for my actions as such, please allow me to shed some light on why we have such a unique tree.
Where is she?" is the desperate cry of mothers, caretakers of elderly, and home-sitters for disabled. Someone is missing -- not in the house where she is to be. Their loved one went outdoors, alone.
From the time I was 6 to 12 years old, I was in Mother Mayfield Children's Home on Fair Street. We got to go to the Y and do things that we would not have gotten to do. We even got to do it when we got home from the children's home. It is a good cause for folks who do not have the income and kids who could not do it otherwise. I think it's a very good cause. I'm growing older and it would be a place for me to afford to go exercise.
After reading T. Cameron's article about our local tree I had to go see for myself. I have to agree with him about this tree. What has happened when the City's tree would depress Charlie Brown if he saw it? I was torn between laughing and crying when I saw this tree. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit there is a resident on Cureton Street who goes all out for the holiday and will make up for what the city lacked.
Thank you City of Camden for putting up a Christmas tree in front of the city hall, and I encourage everyone to go by and look at it. It's a one of a kind tree and it has to be the ugliest Christmas tree in South Carolina. No, I take that back. How about the ugliest Christmas tree in the good, old USA, or maybe in the world, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you see it in the daylight or at night when the lights are burning. It's the ugliest tree both ways. So if ...
During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...
As we celebrate our first anniversary of the Jackson Teen Center, I want to share some great things that are happening.
A very special day is fast approaching, a day we should put on the top of our list and certainly always remember. We should celebrate it to no end. This day is not a holiday, but it should be. This day is indeed only one day long, only 24 hours short, but this day should and can last forever. We can make this day last forever in our hearts, for this is where it belongs. This day is the best day. It will not end, so live it forever.
On April 14, I was getting ready for work when I received a phone call stating that I did not need to come to work because we were closing for good. I thought my friend was joking. After realizing he wasn't, I got in my car and drove to the restaurant. What I witnessed was truly shocking and devastating. All of the daytime employess were sitting on the patio, banned from going inside. One employee was sitting in her car, just crying. The police were at every entrance and the IRS swarmed inside. I can't even tell you ...
The saying goes, "You only have one chance to make a first impression." Unfortunately, my first impression of the choice for the relocation of our (Kershaw County) Farmers Market at the southern edge of Historic Camden was a very, very bad one.
It is part of a long-standing pattern whereby the North Charleston criminal justice system surveiles, harasses, profiles, threatens, tickets, endangers and incarcerates Black American members of society. The Holocaust remembered comes to mind. All human life deserves protection.
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