Recently, a moron driving a green tractor, S.C. highway department, I suppose, mutiliated a beautiful tree in a couple's front yard while they were at work.
There is help, there is healing. Many descriptions describe the downward plunge; the things that hold you down and the things that take you out. The common known things are drugs, alcohol -- addictions to things with chemical reactions that are bad for the body. The body is a chemical reaction chamber; all it needs is a catalyst and it's a brand new chemical which can put that nail in your coffin. The reactions or side effects are the worst. It's reaction and then interaction and reaction and maybe interaction again.
I wish to express my appreciation to the city of Camden for its fine efforts with signage on our numerous city parks.
It takes a special young man to give up most of his summer to play baseball, sometimes four to five nights a week, while other kids are at the beach or in the mountains for vacation.
My brother and sister-in-law, Bart and Kathleen, have been eagerly anticipating their move to Camden since purchasing a beautiful home in April. This decision to relocate did not come easy, as their roots are deeply established in Ohio, where both have been vital residents in their community, making significant contributions in their professions and with their service and philanthropic work. Children and grandchildren are also there. But Camden was calling.
I am writing in reference to Sheriff Jim Mathews' letter and the follow up letter from Joe Upchurch published in the Chronicle-Independent concerning a proposed county gun control ordinance. I thought this proposal had been killed, but now I understand that it has gone to a committee for possible revision.
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.
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.
I want to go on record by saying that I am opposed to the "firearms discharge" ordinance as it was originally introduced. However, I am in favor of one if it can be revised to better fit Kershaw County. I also want the public to know that I am pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). As sheriff, I have approved hundreds, if not thousands, of concealed weapons permit applications. I am also an avid hunter and gun owner.
My rehabilitation stay at the Karesh Wing was an amazingly good experience. I transferred from KershawHealth after surgery (broken femur) on June 8th, and I was released to return home on July 8th.
I would like to commend Dr. Bright Williamson, Dr. Edward Gill and their staffs as well as the staff at KershawHealth for the excellent care I received during my recent unexpected surgery.
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.
I just wanted to say thanks to the person who paid for our dinner at Shoney's on April 12.
Please permit me to share my thoughts with your readers about Johnny "Mr. Camden" Deal. He was a most deserving recipient of the Jake Watson Award. That award holds a special meaning to me. Jake Watson's grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather were siblings from Greenwood. Jake was a true Camden icon, as is Johnny. Equal only to my own is Johnny's love for our community. Never is he seen without that big, friendly grin. We need more people like him. Johnny is the "Real Deal."
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard over the past year to make Special Olympics such a wonderful and memorable event. Many, many thanks to the Special Olympics Committee, to the countless teachers and volunteers who worked at the event, and to everyone at Camden Military Academy and Headmaster Dr. Eric Boland for hosting the day.
Production workers at Boeing's plant in South Carolina will soon decide whether they want union representation.
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