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Community pride

As we look back on 2010, one cannot but be proud of our wonderful community with all of its heritage, history and opportunities for the future. Two very important aspects of our community which set us apart from so many others are the number of community based organizations and the generous contributors who make up these organizations. One of these organizations, which made such significant contributions to our community over the past number of years, is the Camden Tree Foundation. The foundation, a non-profit corporation founded in 1982, is an all-volunteer organization which during its history has relied upon the ...

December 31, 2010 | X. Willard Polk President, Camden Tree Foundation | Letters


County education leaders off course

If our school board and the superintendent of education spent as much time on education as they do on acquiring property, maybe we would be able to do a more credible job of education.

December 29, 2010 | Jack Stogner Camden | Letters


County government shut down for five days

It's the holidays and everyone enjoys being off of work and spending time with their family. So naturally the courthouse and Kershaw County offices were closed for five days straight. What? Yes, they were closed Dec. 23-27. Let me think … what holiday is the 27th? Oh yeah, it's the Monday after Christmas. Everyone celebrates that holiday, right? Even the banks can't close for more than three days in a row.

December 29, 2010 | Craig Harvey Lugoff | Letters


Student columnists share thoughtful messages

Dylan Sims, a student columnist from North Central High School, and Christina Stokes, a Camden High School student columnist, are to be commended for their recent articles: Dylan's "Christmas Carols offer more than just a catchy tune" in the Dec. 10 edition and Christina's "Show your Christmas spirit by sharing your blessings" in Friday's edition.

December 22, 2010 | Carolyn H. Pettyjohn Camden | Letters


Logging trucks a danger to other travelers

As a concerned citizen and parent, I would like to know if the city has any plans to deter logging trucks from turning over in one of the city's busiest intersection. I am a resident of Springdale Drive and a husband and father of three children who views this situation as a warning sign that one of these truckers are going to murder an innocent bystander. I feel strongly and thankful that God's protection has kept someone from getting killed as of yet.

December 22, 2010 | Steve Parrott Camden | Letters


Robo-greetings top Grinch list

Memo to Mia Butler Derrick or anyone else who thinks robo-greetings are a good idea: NOT!

December 22, 2010 | Judi Thompson Elgin | Letters


School district facilities need closer look

When I retired from the Kershaw County School Board in 1998, it was not a retirement from continuing to seek the best that our educational institution had to offer to our youth. I thought, surely the technological system would take over since each student in ninth grade was given a computer to aid in their educational advancement and achievement. This is/was not so for many students.

December 17, 2010 | Vivian B. Metze Camden | Letters


School district wasting taxpayer money

Amazing how the school board can find money for their purposes, isn't it. Well, here's what they can do with that money (because it can only go to "facilities"): Sort through the files that are "necessary" and "unnecessary" and the furniture they want to keep, take it to a storage unit, then implode the building and rebuild on that same piece of property a more efficient plan or whatever it is they feel is so essential short of the Taj Mahal. Then thin out the personnel bloat that is the poison in all administrative offices. You will need ...

December 17, 2010 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Spend money on children, not bureaucrats

The school board has plans now to spend $1.25 million of the IPP funds to buy the Howden-Buffalo office building (the old Builders Transport building on U.S. 1 in Camden, near Wal-Mart) for a new administrative office complex. We just have a few questions for the board.

December 10, 2010 | Barbara Riggan Camden | Letters


KershawHeath provides outstanding care

Having recently had surgery at KershawHealth, I would like to compliment our hospital and staff. How fortunate we are in Kershaw County to have a facility that provides excellent, compassionate care. What could have been an uncomfortable Thanksgiving Day was actually a pleasant experience thanks to the staff at KershawHealth. Each person I encountered was careful and caring, and each was absolutely committed to the job at hand, and certainly to the patient. As a matter of fact, several friends and family members visiting from Columbia remarked that when they need hospital care, they will come here … and with pride ...

December 10, 2010 | Steve DeGroat Lugoff | Letters


School district should review priorities

As a child I was taught you have certain priorities in life. When you become an adult it still should have a place in your decision-making. The Kershaw County School District's recent vote to spend up to $1.25 million shouldn't even be on the list. As a taxpayer, I think keeping qualified teachers teaching is of more importance.

December 08, 2010 | Lynne Mastantuno Camden | Letters


Land purchase for new district offices 'poor decision'

Why would the local school board vote to spend $1.25 million on property for a new district office when they have the land available at both the former Pine Tree Hill School and Camden Middle School properties? How much more money will the new administrative building cost? Is there some other way this money could be spent on children rather than administrative offices?

December 08, 2010 | Alvin V. Hooper Camden | Letters


Heed voters' message on spending

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.

December 03, 2010 | Doug Sutton Lake Wateree | Letters


Volunteers join couple's mission to feed hungry

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.

December 01, 2010 | Todd and Kelly Warnock KC Cares | Letters


'Get government out of the way and let teachers teach'

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.

November 26, 2010 | Sheri Few Lugoff | Letters


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Reader responds to Morgan’s response

It would ill-behoove me to verbally joust with the Kershaw Count school superintendent over matters of academia. I merely want to reflect on his response to my recent letter; then I am done.

November 28, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Letter: Treat them like one of ‘us’

It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.

November 26, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader: focus on dog owners, not breeds

Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...

November 24, 2014 | Margaret Ellis Camden | Letters


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke’ may not serve us well

I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.

November 24, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan Kershaw County School District | Letters


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