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.
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.
While the city of Camden is busy cleaning the streets and sweeping the bridges for the upcoming Carolina Cup, I wish they would extend the area of cleaning to outside the city limits.
How might a Trump presidency play out on a day-to-day, week-to-week, year-to-year basis? Some may choose to have him elected just to continue to hear ...
All kids deserve a strong start to life.
I would like to thank all the wonderful people of Camden for their outpouring of support for my daughter, Caroline.
As longtime friends and friendly rivals of Randy Stokes, we would like to congratulate Randy on winning his 300th game as the head baseball coach ...
The Republican primary circus is marching on and many Americans are saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, saying "We want our country ...
The family of M. Andrew "Andy" James acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expressions of sympathy through cards, flowers, food, gifts, telephone calls, thoughts and ...
I would like to thank all the people who helped me on March 4 when I fell on Broad Street and broke a rib. I ...
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