Voters soundly defeated the 1 percent sales tax increase. Imagine my surprise to read in The State Nov. 28 the backers still want to increase our tax expenses when so many people are having a hard time making ends meet just for normal living expenses. Our unemployment is still very high and is not coming down anytime soon.
In 2005 our dear friends, Tom and Cindy Fussell, owners of the Smokin' and Grillin' Restaurant in Camden, invited our family to take part in a small ministry they started feeding the hungry and homeless. That Thanksgiving Day, along with a small group of "restaurant regulars," we fed around 100 people a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
I am very sorry that Kristie Alvey was "terribly upset" by my letter contrasting Richland School District Two's recent decision to lower taxes to Kershaw County School District's continued attempts to raise taxes.
What a sad day it is when the citizens of Camden vote OK to sell and serve alcohol on Sunday.
Our mid-term general election is over, and several thoughts come to mind.
I'm thankful for our teachers and our school district for continuing to meet the needs of our children!
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 ...
On behalf of the Tour de Camden bicycle ride I would like to thank the Camden City Police and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department. On Saturday April 12, 2014 we held the Tour de Camden with the ride beginning en masse from Historic Camden. We had about 150 riders of all levels of ability.
The road diet -- what a mistake. Even the mayor admits it could be a mistake. When the mayor was running for office he led me to believe that he was against the Broad Street diet. Two years later, he has flipped his opinion about the diet project. The mayor's vote, along with two of the previous council members, is what placed this mistake in motion. The urgency for the vote was to apply for a grant. A grant is federal tax dollars and not free money as some believe. This type of attitude is one of the reasons our ...
The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.
Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...
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