Camden City Council voted unanimously Dec. 9 to approve four more Leaders Legacy recognition benches. The benches will honor a late dentist and three former city councilmen. Councilman Jeffrey Graham is acting as the city sponsor for the four benches.
Smiley, Quiet Storm, Showtyme, Precyse, Tailor Made, Terminator, Lieutenant, Havoc, Live Wire, Dimplez, Eyes and Eclipse. If they sound like female gang names, you'd be right and wrong. They're the "better gang," the Kershaw County Diamonds and they are step dancing champions.
Plans for Rhame Arena's renovation are firming up, and will include a shift of the main entrance from the north side to the east side of the more than 50-year-old building. Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther presented the changes to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Tuesday afternoon.
The question of who will "own" KershawHealth has been answered.
Friday, I drove from our offices here on DeKalb Street in Camden to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) to deliver two of our two dozen or so entries into the SCPA's 2014 News Contest. This year, the SCPA began accepting most entries electronically, something I finished up Wednesday. Friday was the entry deadline. Two entries -- Sports Magazine (The Camden Horse & Equestrian's most recent edition) and General Excellence (our March 28 and Sept. 26, 2014, issues) -- we had to deliver in printed form.
529 East DeKalb St. has stood vacant for many years, since Hazelwood Cleaners moved out approximately a decade ago. Four years ago, the city of Camden's building official and fire inspector determined the structure -- which was also once Camden's first movie theater -- "an immediate hazard" due to the then-potential collapse of its 35-foot-plus walls because of a failing roof.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager Deborah Davis and former Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham took their oaths of office as members of Camden City Council during a brief ceremony at Camden City Hall on Monday evening. Current Mayor Tony Scully delivered the oath of office to Davis, while Municipal Judge Rick Todd administered the oath to Graham.
Two people died the night of Nov. 28 after a two-car collision on I-20.
When I first started to write this column, I stumbled through my own interpretation of the events of Aug. 9 when Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr.
The time it takes to get treated in KershawHealth's emergency department is going down, according to statistics provided at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Nov. 24 meeting.
The city of Camden could become part of a new program to fund the removal and redevelopment of blighted residential properties. Kyle Kelly, director of economic and community sustainability for the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (COG), spoke to Camden City Council about the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) during its Nov. 25 meeting.
Many well-wishers attended Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday night -- the last for outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk. Both men chose not to run for reelection earlier this year. Council members-elect Deborah Davis and Jeffrey Graham are scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday; they will attend their first meeting Dec. 9.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is part of Capella Healthcare's recently proposed strategic partnership with KershawHealth. Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, is one of two for-profit healthcare companies which recently presented strategic partnership proposals to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees in separate executive sessions.
Camden City Council will recognize outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk as they attend their last meeting Tuesday night. Long and Polk chose not to run for reelection. Voters elected former mayor Jeffrey Graham and Deborah Davis as Long and Polk's replacements. They are tentatively scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and will take their seats on council at its Dec. 9 meeting.
It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.
Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.
Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.
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