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 ...
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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