I grew up in North Augusta, a town of 2,000 people at that time. I attended elementary school and graduated from high school there. There were 34 graduates in my class of 1949. Bear with me for a moment through what may sound like boasting in order to make my point. Of the 34 of us came the following:
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia is reopening an investigation in the death of black American Kendrick Johnson, a teen who was found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym in January 2013.
I have known Julian Burns for quite awhile. After talking and meeting with Julian I found out very quickly that he is the person we need to run our county council as chairman.
I have had the privilege and opportunity to help with the care of my daughter's foster dogs from the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter until they are sent to their forever homes up north.
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 ...
The Kershaw County School Board response in Monday's Chronicle-Independent to Scott Jordan's statement on Zemp Stadium is nothing if not informative. If you haven't been paying attention, the school district has proposed a facilities referendum for the November election which would, among other things, abandon Zemp Stadium while spending millions of additional taxpayer dollars on a new stadium on Ehrenclou Drive.
The election for two new members of the Camden City Council is on the ballot for Nov. 4. Voters should be reminded to vote for two of the three candidates. Two of the three candidates will be elected. Candidates for the office include Bob Williams, life-long resident of Camden and owner of Bob Williams Auto Body Repair; Deborah Davis, manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store; and Jeffrey Graham of Graham Realty and former mayor. The new council members will replace Walter Long and Willard Polk who have provided excellent service to the citizens for many years.
With this coming November's mid-term election, the timing is at hand for our voting citizens to give our governor, Nikki Haley, an extended vacation. There are too many woes in her leadership causing affliction in our state.
It is not my intention to belabor a subject I have already addressed in a previous letter. That being, that I personally am opposed to the two November referendums that would allow the Kershaw County school board to borrow $130 million via bonds, and for the imposition of an additional "penny" sales and or use tax to finance it. Rather, I just want to present the subject from a different perspective, that may simplify or clarify it, or at least bring it a little closer to home and see how it might affect individuals.
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