March 10 was a sad night in the Cattle Creek community as many hearts felt deep pain as our beloved campground experienced a fire that destroyed 15 tents. Just days following the fire, we gathered under the tabernacle that represents God at the center of all that we face or encounter.

We sang songs of praise and joined hands and hearts with complete faith in God and the blessed assurance that nothing could or would stop the vision of our forefathers to utilize this spiritual heritage and legacy that means so much to our Lord and each of us. After many hours of prayers, sweat and tears, the campground will convene July 23-29 with evening services at 8 p.m.

Having the opportunity to speak at this opening nightly service is a most humbling experience. The highlight of my childhood centered around attending Cattle Creek with loved ones who are forever in my heart and so many of them who were used of God to help develop my faith as a young Christian.

Singing songs like "I know my God is able to carry me through" at Cattle Creek children's hour has meant more now than I could ever explain in this brief editorial. The powerful preaching and teaching from the Word of God and the messages in songs by groups and individuals echo throughout my spiritual journey.

It makes you want to live right to honor God and their memory as well. Please continue to pray and if God so leads you to give. Gifts are still being accepted to offset the cost of the rebuild project. But most of all join with us as at a service as we celebrate knowing our Almighty God who has blessed us beyond what we could ever have imagined.

A charred cross behind the pulpit and tents pointing upward to God testify that "He" is the only way all of this could have happened in such a short span of time. We truly believe and have witnessed again the lesson of Luke 1:37 that teaches "For nothing is impossible with God"!

Please join us as we honor the Lord. And oh yeah, plan a stop by the store and get some homemade punch or sherbert. You won't regret it.

Jerry C. Thompson, formerly of Branchville

Article disrespects deceased woman

I think the article on the front page of the T&D on Friday, July 7, about the identification of a body found in downtown Bamberg was inappropriate. I do not know any of the people in the article involved, but I felt the way the article reported the incident did not show proper respect for the deceased.

The relevant news was that a woman with multiple medical conditions was walking unaccompanied in the heat of the day on June 30 and died without identification. The details surrounding the discovery of her body and trying to identify it treated her as an object, not as a person. It is not news to be printed on the front page of a respectable newspaper. It would fit better on an inside page in the police report.

In the future, I encourage you to evaluate whether the way you report the news treats individuals with respect as persons, or as objects. Is the purpose of your reporting to titillate your readers' interest or to inform?

The article could have been used to discuss the medical dangers of being outside in the heat, especially with a pre-existing condition. Instead, it simply sparked interest in the circuitous route a police investigation in a small town takes.

Carol R. Cannon, Orangeburg

Cobb-Hunter deserves better

Orangeburg Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter is one of the few legislators that say what they mean and mean what they say. She is always strong but calm.

I am writing today because knowing Rep. Cobb-Hunter as I do, it is disappointing that her being assaulted by another representative has been basically swept under the table. I don’t know if it is because it was the end of the legislative session or if it was because of misogyny, but I do know that violence against women is a big problem in South Carolina and I would have thought that the speaker would have done a more thorough investigation.

Women face many more challenges when running for office and being in leadership positions. When an officer has to come between legislators because one is screaming at the other, that is verbal assault; grabbing and pushing is physical assault. We deserve better than the investigation that Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter got.

Erin McKee

SC AFL-CIO President

Swansea

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