Sheriff-elect James O. Matthews, in the South Carolina Primary on June 8, 2010, changed the manner in which political and public business is conducted in Kershaw County. Mr. David Thomley was the county's power broker's choice for the next sheriff of Kershaw County. The odds in those circles were even that he would coast to an easy primary victory, and would easily prevail in the general election. After all, that was the way it had always been. The other Republican candidate was "not from around." If there was a way not to conduct a political campaign Mr. Thomley ...
I read with great interest the recent article about local resident and collector Ross Beard and the personal gift to him of information belonging to the late David "Carbine" Williams. I want to share with the readers what other treasures exist thanks to Mr. Beard. My son and I have been fortunate enough to have seen the "tip of the iceberg" of the personal collection belonging to Mr.Beard.
Running for Governor of South Carolina was an honor and a privilege, and I learned many things during my more than one year journey. Perhaps most importantly, I learned how much I have to give thanks for. And so I want to pause and say a big thank you to the people of Kershaw County. Thank you for the tremendous support you gave in this endeavor. The outpouring of help from our small community was unbelievable. You were so willing to lend your financial support, political support, votes, and incredible encouragement. We had the highest voter percentage turnout of any ...
I don't know who the genius was that planned the Halloween festival, but he or she left out the lower end of Broad Street.
I just wanted to express my deepest appreciation for Target Distribution Center in Lugoff for their continuing support of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. It is becoming all too rare these days to find a company that goes to such lengths to help. Walter Crowe Animal Shelter is honored to receive these donations. Not only does Target affect our community by employment, but also by donating thousands of dollars worth of food and supplies yearly. I hope others see the hard work and concerns for our county animals that Target shows. Under Target's fine management, the Walter Crowe ...
While the Kershaw County School District persistently attempts to squeeze every last dime they can muster from families who struggle to pay their bills, our neighbors in Richland County are getting tax breaks from their local school district.
As many Camdenites and others did, I had a great summer on The River, or was it The Lake? The River is what many of us aging boomers call Lake Wateree. Fifty years ago, that moniker was associated with everything about "Wateree" Lake. I pondered that thought as I reflected and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon breeze from the shores of Camp Lystra. Today, some changes are quite apparent, and some changes are barely noticeable. In reality, some features that appear to be changed are unchanged. Hidden from the quick eye are many of its unchanged features.
Frequently when one writes the paper there is a level of anger or anxiety. If it is not bubbling up it is not too far beneath the surface. In this case I am happy to say there is neither. This letter concerns the position of Probate Judge and Ned Towell, and no, I am not going to speak ill of Harriett Pierce. I am certain that she has carried out her responsibilities to the best of her ability.
It is a true blessing in our lifetime to stand up for a "cause" or to support people who will breathe life into that "cause" and see it through. I was fortunate to meet so many great citizens in Elgin while going door-to-door campaigning for a seat on the Kershaw County School Board. It was truly an enlightening experience. I believe I must have met over 400 people during this brief journey, all of whom shared their thoughts and opinions with me. Everyone seemed to share the same strong conviction of support for our children's education. I was moved ...
This upcoming midterm election has been the focus of all of the political pundits. And there is a rising concern about voter turnout among African Americans.
Based upon the information he has provided for public consumption, Sammie Tucker Jr. is neither qualified nor suited to be sheriff of Kershaw County. Mr. Tucker does not pay his bills. Mr. Tucker does not pay his taxes, and Mr. Tucker has not filed his required campaign material with the S.C. Ethics Commission. He appears to have allowed his automobile insurance to lapse. Yet Mr. Tucker wants to be elected sheriff.
The proposed 1 cent sales tax increase for Kershaw County, to be voted on November 2, is both inappropriate and ill-timed. With unemployment at 11.1 percent and economic conditions adversely affecting all citizens, especially the poor and middle class, it is unconscionable that County Council would allow this process to even get off the ground, The Capital Projects Commission did what they were asked to do; but they should never have been asked in the first place. If either of the projects proposed to be funded by this tax increase had been deemed "essential", then it should have been ...
There is no question we all pay our share of taxes. Since taxes are necessary and one of two things that are certain (death being the other), it is refreshing to finally have local leaders working together in an effort to better our communities. What I am referring to is the Capital Sales Tax Project or "Penny For Progress Kershaw County."
"Think Green," "Reusable bags," "Recycle Paper" and many other phrases urge us to conserve paper. Obviously, two large groups have not understood the message. On each mail delivery day we receive between five and 13 pieces of waste mail. All are dropped, unopened, into the trash.
I am writing regarding Rev. Dr. P. W. Wise's letter, "Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie," featured in the Chronicle-Independent Oct. 18. He is the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, located in downtown Camden.
Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.
During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.
It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...
If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.
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