On Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, we experienced what could have turned into a catastrophic event if it had not been for a quick response from our local Blaney Fire Department, Doby's Mill, Lugoff, Columbia, and Pine Grove fire departments and the S.C. Forestry Commission. The wind was a major factor that day in trying to contain the fire and keep it from spreading.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18-year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 … before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
All Kershaw County residents and parents should be very proud of their schools. For two weeks in February, I was a member of a team who administered an assessment called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or the Nation's Report Card, to 4th and 8th graders at four Kershaw County schools. The students were cooperative and polite and stayed on task the entire assessment period. They asked questions about the test and appeared committed to doing their best.
There are no words to express our feelings of sorrow in the loss of our family member, Jerry Geiger. We find comfort in knowing that so many of you were there for us when we needed you.
It is an almost impossible task in some cases to look into something from the outside. How do you come up with an explanation for some things? You see, as citizens looking in, we may not know enough about an incident or simply care enough to look into it. Most folks already feel their little "2 cents' worth" won't make a "hill of beans" of a difference.
Most of us know that Kershaw County is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and grow old together with family and friends. Our tight-knit community is full of loving and caring people who always seem to go the extra mile when called upon. So, for some of you who may not know one of Kershaw County's best kept secrets, I will now attempt to let the cat out of the bag!
Jurisdictions and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies have been pretty well defined in our area and, of course, we seek perfection in protection of citizens. It bothers me somewhat, however, that we have not reached perfection in Kershaw County in the areas of present responsibility of our elected county sheriff. I have had responsible positions throughout my long life, and while I wanted and desired extra responsibilities, I had to realize that I couldn't be all things to all people. On the sheriff's desire to move into trooper's responsibilities he has his ideas and thinks he can ...
I knew that Camden had become a "Nanny" town when it declared itself a smoke-free city. How nice. Why? As I move about the Nanny town, I have seen posters proudly announcing that Camden is now a smoke-free area (Nanny town). Mainly, I suppose, because the residents don't know what is best for them, they need a Nanny town government. When I go to a place that is "stunk up" with cigarette smoke I either light up a cigar (if I have one) or leave. If the music is too loud and they don't want to mute the ...
While letters to the editor are a forum for folks to comment, question, and present opinions and ideas, I have always considered that one of the ground rules about public discussion should be one of mutual respect, not personal attack. After all, in public discourse the goal should be to right a wrong and move toward a resolution, not to drive wedges or build walls that divide. The goal of this letter is to consider how we might come together to foster an environment where the public debate is about the issues at hand and how we can best address ...
The picture of Kershaw County sheriff's deputies in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 7 indicated a lack of diversity and was not representative of our county's diverse population.
In reading the various media reports coming out about the General Assembly, it can be extremely difficult to understand the full effect of what is being debated and ultimately decided. Unfortunately, legislation is often written in such a way that its real impact is lost on someone who doesn't deal with legislation all the time. In this particular year, when decisions made to cut the state budget will have profound impact, it is more important than ever for citizens to understand what lawmakers and others are proposing.
In the Jan. 31 Chronicle-Independent top story about the school district office move, the Kershaw County School District superintendent seems to make a mockery of frugality. When asked if new furniture will be purchased, Dr. Frank Morgan says he will even keep his "$69.95 state surplus conference table." The superintendent doesn't seem to understand that the people of this county, who purchased his conference table, stretch their dollars in every way they can. Most of us are average people of moderate means.
I am writing in regard to an article in your paper about our new sheriff, Jim Matthews. I believe he is the best person to be in the sheriff's position.
In a recent op-ed, the writer stated that Sara Palin was getting tiresome with her remarks about the Tucson shootings. Yes, it is true that she is a politician and may be a presidential candidate, but she has the right to give her opinion just like all the people on the left who jumped on the "anti-right, they-are-to-blame-for-all-ills-in-the-world" bandwagon. She is entitled to defend herself when attacked, even verbally attacked by the left. The wording of the op-ed seems to me as if you have no problem by anyone on the left attacking the right. If you pay attention to ...
I would like to applaud Sheriff Matthews for the honor and courage he brings to Kershaw County and surrounding communities. His qualifications and experience far exceed our comprehension as law-abiding citizens.
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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