In June 1994, I was appointed as a Kershaw County Magistrate. I began working in the office with Gene Hartis, who was the chief magistrate for Kershaw County. I found out very quickly that Gene Hartis was a person that was well respected by others who worked in the office and he was easy to get along with. This was also true of those that came before him -- no matter which side of the law they were on -- he treated all of them with the utmost respect and dignity.
The Republican Governors Association strikes again. Their newest attack ad against Vincent Sheheen now equates him and all other lawyers with the defendants that it is their job to represent. Let it be known that John Adams, the second president of the United States, successfully represented the British soldiers who were accused of murder in the Boston Massacre in 1770, giving them an impassioned defense and said it "was one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country." Let it also be known that Chief Justice John Roberts represented an eight-time murderer, along with other "really bad ...
Well, it's time again to avail ourselves of the time-honored and sacred privilege of voting for our local and national leaders. In June, we will decide the winners of our primaries and in November, we will finalize our candidate selections. Collectively, our votes could significantly impact the operations of local and national government. This collective impact, however, will be only as strong as the willingness of the citizens to exert their will. Citizens must rise to the occasion and cast their votes. Voting must be viewed not as an option, but as a mandate. The success of our government ...
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 ...
An article in your March 28 edition covered (Ben) Connell's entry into the Kershaw County Council chairmanship race. He seems like a respectable, capable and credible young man. However, I would like to reflect on a statement credited to him in the article. He supposedly said premium recreation areas attract industries and the professionals who operate them. Further, these young professionals would be drawn to the area because you have something for their kids to do.
The city of Camden has suffered greatly with the loss of an irreplaceable human being, a cornerstone community leader, educator and long-time serving so well the God she loved: Dr. Daisy Alexander.
Yes, Virginia, there must be a Tooth Fairy as well as a Santa Claus! After reading Monday's Chronicle-Independent "Noted and passed" comments concerning Camden City Council's resolution to apply for a grant to fund the Broad Street road diet, I came to the conclusion that there must surely be.
Kershaw County, as in all counties, must collect tax revenue in some manner in order to provide, improve and maintain the things that make living here the pleasure we all desire. Basically, there are only two ways to increase tax revenue. You either get more from those of us who are already paying, or you increase the number of people paying. The desirable strategy is obvious. The only question is how do you do that, and the only realistic answer is to create more jobs for current and future residents of the county. It goes without saying that new job ...
Mr. Buckley's letter that appeared in the Chronicle-Independent some time ago (President's Day? Feb. 19, 2014) seems to demonstrate a trend in the U.S. of "no respect" for others whether in political office or next door neighbors.
In response to Phil Noble's February 19th column entitled "White Guys in Tall Buildings," I offer the following:
What is this servile bureaucratic beast called "Presidents' Day?"
It's a shame the way the Department of Transportation pays workers that work on highways patching roads, cutting grass, opening clogged pipes, etc., etc.
If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.
Having waded through Sheriff Jim Matthews recent letter as published regarding his endorsement of a "Proposed Firearms Ordinance," I note that the main point (as quoted) "It prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 300 yards;" that's 900 feet!
Black Americans in the state of Mississippi understand their time is at hand for their voting solidarity and economic self-reliance. Black Americans in South Carolina should also know their time is also at hand for them to learn and run for the legacy of our Black brothers and sisters in Mississippi.
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