As an interested citizen in what is occurring in our county and city in regard to the "recreation" issue, I attended Public Forum No. 7 (Feb. 23) regarding the Kershaw County Recreation Master Plan Update. "This report was prepared as a guide to assist Kershaw County in developing parks, recreation and the county recreation department over the next decade. This plan includes an inventory and map of existing parks and facilities, a 3-year and 10-year recreation park and development plan with associated costs and a land acquisition plan through 2030. Overall department structure, staffing, programming, funding, and marketing strategies were ...
Tuesday night I attended the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's community update in the West Wateree area. I want to echo what one of your readers expressed some time ago. We are indeed blessed to have Sheriff Matthews and his committed deputies protecting us. I have lived in Elgin for 13 years. Several of my neighbors and I have been victims of home invasions or car break-ins. Over the years, I have watched little, peaceful Elgin begin an evolution into the Wild, Wild West, but there is truly a new sheriff in town!
The newly proposed city council ordinance -- "Should the City of Camden continue with plans to construct a recreation facility and partner with a third party administer the facility?" -- is an unacceptable subversion of the ordinance submitted to City Council on Jan. 24, 2012, that was signed by 1,107 registered voters in the City of Camden.
Social Security – With the 2 percent funding cut extended for another year, the system will lose billions. I don't believe most of the people desire this. Those who benefit the most are those who earn more than $40,000 a year. The few dollars that one gains each pay period isn't worth jeopardizing the system for future generations. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted a year ago found that 60 percent of adults who aren't retired expect to get nothing – zero -- from Social Security in their older age. They're mistaken. As misinformation and mistrust grow ...
I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.
I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.
Regarding the story on John Rainey, I found it interesting from all of his time in government he has only found one person he has deemed corrupt enough to investigate on his own (our current governor). He states that it is "his civic duty to call out people who I don't believe represent South Carolina in a manner in which we want to be known and remembered."
I would like to thank Mr. Floyd Hinson for his well-written article "Citizens paying for services they don't receive" published in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 20. He is "right on" about our sewer tax and other taxes/fees such as the special purpose tax. People need to know just what these taxes/fees or whatever you call them are. For those of us who really do care, we need to attend the county council meetings more often so we can see more of what is going on in our area or district. These things make a difference in how and ...
With regard to Gov. Nikki Haley's proposed legislation to stop frivolous lawsuits, I would like to tell you my story. After years of trying to get my neighbor to stop using my property for the storage of his junk car business, I finally put up a fence. Prior to my doing so, I hired a surveyor to locate the property line. My neighbor disputed the property line as surveyed and has filed suit against me for erecting a fence that, according to him, has caused him to lose money from his business operations. I in turn have had to ...
This past weekend we experienced a totally unexpected display of unconditional kindness. We decided to go to the Little Theatre in Camden to see "Joyful Noise."
I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.
(This letter is a follow-up to the letter, "Review of organized recreation in Camden, Kershaw County," in the Aug. 10 Chronicle-Independent. It is offered to help close the divisions that have been created, emphasize some lessons learned and review some potential solutions as paths forward to regaining unity, unselfish civic pride, participation and a willingness to "put the needs of the total community first." At all levels of human relationships, especially those involving children, the true measure of leadership is to have someone say that "you care more about your students/athletes/teammates/ constituents than you do about yourself.")
I would like to address several concerns that I have as a taxpayer and a concerned citizen. We moved here a few years ago due to the charm, laidback living, and the way everyone took pride in their community. I have been very concerned over all the vacant buildings, one in particular: the old Camden Middle School. It is not only an eyesore, but could be a hot spot for crime and vandalism. This is not the type of first impression of our town that we want to give.
So where do we go from here? How much are we willing to spend without the help of a third party to improve our city and county? Can we afford to maintain what we build? What kind of recreational/tourism improvements will make a lasting impact on all of the citizens not just one group?
This is a new year! A new beginning! A time to reflect, but also a time to look ahead to the future.
Thanks to a huge effort by our community, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's 20th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival was an enormous ...
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