Citizens groups want lower utility rates
An effort to question the way Camden’s electric rates are structured is designed to produce lower rates, not embarrass the city council, says Carolyn Hampton, county coordinator of Wateree Community Action.
Wateree and the Kershaw Safe Energy Project sponsored a meeting in July at which rates were discussed. Hampton later wrote a letter to Camden Mayor James Anderson asking a series of questions about the city’s utility charges. She also suggested the council meet with customers to discuss the rates.
Anderson responded with a letter that included four pages of answers to the questions. However, he said he didn’t see any need for the meeting.
“Very little is accomplished in a forum of this type since very few questions can be answered without research and no action can be taken without a formal session of council,” he said.
Hampton said she feels the council may have felt threatened by the meeting this summer and the letter, but she insists that wasn’t their intention.
“We just think the question (of the rates) should be addressed, and that’s all we’re asking,” she said.
She was reasonably pleased with Anderson’s letter.
“I thought the response was quite adequate and timely.”
When emergency strikes, help is on the way
Mr. Average Motorist riding down the highway sees them zipping by at all hours of the day and night and rarely pays much attention, except to get out of the way.
But, when Mr. Motorist wraps his car around a tree and breaks both legs, he will expect them to be there. And as reliable as the sun the morning and the moon at night, the rescue squad will arrive at the scene, ready to splint broken limbs, bandage open wounds and ease worried minds.
“We save live lives, we know that,” Lee Griggs, captain of the Beaver Creek Rescue Squad, said. “We’ve had victims in total cardiac arrest and we’ve brought them out.”
Beaver Creek and the Mt. Pisgah-Buffalo Rescue Squad are both supported by the United Way, with the former depending almost entirely on funding from the Kershaw County charity organization.
“Rescue squads are the most direct way of looking at the United Way’s effect on life and death in the county,” Griggs said. “Without United Way, we wouldn’t exist.”
The Beaver Creek squad responds to calls at Lake Wateree and in the Liberty Hill area, and the calls run the gamut from drowning to heart attacks. Since the squad does not own an ambulance, it does not transport victims; rather, it’s what is known as a first responder.
“Our main function is getting to the victim and stabilizing him.” Griggs said. “It takes us only about five or 10 minutes to get to the victim, while it might take 35 to 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive from Camden. In a heart case or a major trauma, that 30 minutes could the difference between life or death.”
Beaver Creek has about 10 to 12 active members currently, and four of them, including Griggs, are emergency medical technicians. All squad members are trained in first aid and CPR. The squad owns a powerboat outfit and a four-wheel drive vehicle. Many volunteers also drive their own vehicles. There are members stationed in the Liberty Hill, Beaver Creek and White Oak Creek areas.
County residents head fund drive
Three Kershaw County residents have been appointed local chairmen of the fall education and fundraising activities for National Cystic Fibrosis Week, which begins Sunday.
Beverly Sprouse will be working in Bethune, Cynthia Boykin in Lugoff and Danny Treece in Camden.
Tunky Riley is the honorary chairwoman of the week in South Carolina. Cystic fibrosis treatment is available at centers in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston.
Cystic fibrosis is a fatal disease which attacks the lungs and digestive system. It produces a thick, glue-like mucus which makes breathing difficult and impedes digestion.
Members of the organization are urging South Carolina residents to participate in the activities being organized by the local chairmen.