In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he says, "Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light." I am exhorting you good citizens of Bethune to awake from sleep and rise to a high calling facing us in our town and community.
Last week, my husband had to call 911 for me -- a Sunday night at 10 p.m. I was having trouble breathing. I was recovering from two spinal compression fractures which had occurred last fall. No surgery was required for these -- they would simply take time to heal. I was on a walker, not able to go to work, but doing OK. I was taken immediately to the ER at Kershaw Health/Capella. My heart rate was 170+ beats/minute and I had a blood clot on my lung. Dangerous stuff. And scary. I was terribly frightened and in serious ...
February 02, 2016|
I would like to express my thanks to the merchants of Bethune who so very graciously assisted with two projects sponsored by the Woman's Club of Bethune. They also supported a gift-wrapping project by the Sandy Grove United Methodist Church Youth Group.
January 29, 2016|
Martha C. Stokes
Last week, an announcement was made about a program in partnership with Central Carolina Technical College which will provide a two-year scholarship to any graduate of a Kershaw County high school who meets some very reasonable requirements.
January 26, 2016|
Dr. Frank E. Morgan, Superintendent
Kershaw County School District
The lights are dimmed, the curtains closed, the actors/actresses are in place, the stage is set and then the curtains open and the script begins to play. The well-rehearsed scene begins to unfold for the benefit of the ones in the audience.
January 22, 2016|
Suzanne West Gordon
Last Friday, this newspaper headlined "Beechwood retirement center contract terminated." Is anyone really surprised the project was killed? There are elements of our populace that would like nothing better than to see no growth or progress in Camden. They are very happy with things as they are. In fact, they think we have already progressed too far beyond the idolized Revolutionary War times. While giving lip service to growth and progress, they put so many limitations on it that what they visualize is of no value. When your interest in growth is restricted to things horse related, antiques and tourism ...
January 19, 2016|
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American icon whose legacy many of us choose to honor by volunteering in our communities. King was a man who taught the world that passivity does not make a better community -- active, concerned citizens are the ones to enact change.
January 19, 2016|
Teresia Hayes, Camden
State President, American Legion Auxiliary
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Americans should honor the legacy of Dr. King by enacting policies which can narrow the condition of humanity and the working class division and bring opportunity for all to prosper in America.
About a year ago, we were desperately seeking information about how the proposed Kershaw Health merger with Capella and MUSC was progressing and what would be the impacts on the community and on health care within the hospital's service area. The first that the public actually knew about this pending transaction was from a Chronicle-Independent article published in October 2014.
January 12, 2016|
William Frank Lee and X. Willard Polk
(Editor's note: District 4 Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones requested the following letter, which he wrote to The State Publisher and President Sara Johnson Borton on Jan. 4, be reprinted as a letter to the editor in today's Chronicle-Independent.)
January 08, 2016|
Jimmy Jones, District 4
Kershaw County Council
In spring and early summer, I attended two city of Camden public hearings regarding the request by Ed Royall and Austin Sheheen on behalf of the owner of Beechwood for approval of a 254-unit "retirement" development on the 65-acre parcel at 100 Knights Hill Road. At both meetings, the first before the planning commission on May 19 and the second before city council on June 9, there was public opposition expressed by many regarding the housing density of the development plan which had the appearance of a subdivision rather than a retirement village.
After the Planning Commission and City Council's public hearings this past Spring I went on record supporting the development of the Beechwood property as a true continuous care retirement community, but also questioned whether or not potential developers would present a plan suitable for that purpose.