Today, I read with great regret that I will not get to read Glenn Tucker's column every Friday. It is serious, funny and informative. Most of the time it hit the bullseye. Also, I feel like I know Waylon Fortenberry and looked forward to his comments on situations. Glenn is still young in writer years, so maybe he will come back sooner rather than later.
It was recently reported that nine counties in our great state of South Carolina have been convicted or are in the process of convicting their sheriff on some kind of wrongdoing (breaking the law). The sub-headline was labeled "others in trouble," meaning other sheriffs. The main headline was about ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, who became the ninth sheriff convicted. All nine of the sheriffs are serving time, awaiting trial, received time or performed community, and one has died. All of these charges on these nine sheriffs were not misdemeanors. In other words, these guys knew what they were doing ...
Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.
I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley recently spoke to S.C. Democrats gathering at their annual Jefferson Jackson fundraising dinner honoring the long-serving mayor.
Below is a presentation I made to Camden City Council in June 2014:
In the Monday, April 20, issue of the Chronicle-Independent's article headlined "Santee Wateree RTA makes pitch for local help," it was fairly reported Lottie Jones, executive director of the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority reported to Camden City Council "SWRTA will continue to provide services to Camden and Kershaw County -- but it needs help from the communities it serves." Ms. Jones appeared before council during an April 14 meeting. SWRTA serves the public throughout a seven-county area from Orangeburg County to Kershaw County.
On behalf of The Humanities Council SC, I would like to thank the citizens of Camden and especially the staff of The National Steeplechase Museum, the city of Camden, Camden Archives and Museum, and other local agencies and businesses for hosting the 21st annual South Carolina Humanities Festival.
This spring, the Kershaw County Recreation Department is coordinating softball and baseball league programs across the county for more than 2,000 athletes of all ages encompassing dozens of teams and sponsors, and hundreds of coaches and officials. We give thanks for their dedication and untiring efforts. The following is a story of one of those teams.
As we celebrate our first anniversary of the Jackson Teen Center, I want to share some great things that are happening.
A very special day is fast approaching, a day we should put on the top of our list and certainly always remember. We should celebrate it to no end. This day is not a holiday, but it should be. This day is indeed only one day long, only 24 hours short, but this day should and can last forever. We can make this day last forever in our hearts, for this is where it belongs. This day is the best day. It will not end, so live it forever.
On April 14, I was getting ready for work when I received a phone call stating that I did not need to come to work because we were closing for good. I thought my friend was joking. After realizing he wasn't, I got in my car and drove to the restaurant. What I witnessed was truly shocking and devastating. All of the daytime employess were sitting on the patio, banned from going inside. One employee was sitting in her car, just crying. The police were at every entrance and the IRS swarmed inside. I can't even tell you ...
The saying goes, "You only have one chance to make a first impression." Unfortunately, my first impression of the choice for the relocation of our (Kershaw County) Farmers Market at the southern edge of Historic Camden was a very, very bad one.
It is part of a long-standing pattern whereby the North Charleston criminal justice system surveiles, harasses, profiles, threatens, tickets, endangers and incarcerates Black American members of society. The Holocaust remembered comes to mind. All human life deserves protection.
I write this based on a fear for the well-being and future of America. If I am wrong, somebody set me straight, please. The historian philosopher Arnold Toynbee said, "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder, and start to decay when they lose their moral fiber and the cultural elite turns parasitic, exploiting the masses." In other words, they die from within. The history of the rise and fall of great civilizations lends support to this.
During the open meetings of all of our public bodies, there is provided a period for public comments. This period is part of the meeting agenda and is, presumably, included in the meeting's minutes. Therefore, these comments become part of the public record. This period is set aside for anyone wanting to speak about matters of concern, as long as the comments are about public issues (not to include the promotion of a private business and not about personal issues). Although the public comment period is not a period of debate, it provides private citizens an opportunity to let ...
Several years ago, my wife and I, along with our youngest son, his wife and their children, attended a Fourth of July celebration in Bath, Maine. Bath is a picturesque little city which only Maine seems capable of providing. It is also a seafaring town, home to the Bath Iron Works, where ships have slid down the ways for close to 200 years.
I was browsing the internet looking at different sites listing historical events of the past 100 years and was surprised to see how much of history had been left off. So many events which have taken place during the past century which have been instrumental in the growth of this country have been left out of our history books and articles of today.
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