As Independence Day approaches, I'm disheartened by two recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions. Both were split decisions on how certain laws will be applied. (I'll save Thursday's healthcare decision another time.)
Mandatory historic designations continued to vex Camden City Council as it returned to discussing the possibility of transforming the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a board of architectural review (BAR).
In response to a significant downturn in outpatient surgery volumes, KershawHealth announced Tuesday that it will close one active operating room. The move will eliminate one management position and five clinical and surgical positions. Two current vacancies in the surgical department will also not be filled. KershawHealth officials said in a press release that it expects to save approximately $600,000 each year with the operating room closure.
Camden City Council will consider at its meeting Tuesday evening first reading of an amendment to the city's sign ordinance, specifically a section concerning freestanding signs. If passed on second reading at a subsequent meeting, the ordinance would replace Section 157.069(A)(1) with the following language:
It's been 18 months since the city of Camden announced that Chick-fil-A was looking to locate in Camden. In January 2011, officials said they knew the restaurant company was looking to locate somewhere near Wateree River on West DeKalb Street.
Camden City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to amend recommendations made by the Camden Local Tax Fund Committee (CLTFC) in order to continue supporting efforts to obtain U.S. National Park Service (NPS) status for the Battle of Camden site. The battle site is some eight miles north of the city limits on Flat Rock Road. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) continues to make improvements at the site and is part of a consortium of groups working with federal officials to obtain the NPS designation.
Clarence Mahoney -- a former chairman of the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) and a former member of Camden's Bethesda Presbyterian Church's session, the ruling body of the church -- is now in a New Hampshire jail serving a seven and a half to 15-year sentence for sexually assaulting a male child.
The Camden Local Tax Fund Committee (CLTFC) will make its first-ever recommendations Tuesday on how Camden City Council should allocate $95,000 to tourism-related organizations. The CLTFC received requests totaling $164,317, nearly $70,000 more than which the committee had to work.
In a few weeks, five cadets from Camden Military Academy (CMA) will travel to the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park, Md., to represent South Carolina in the annual National History Day competition. The contest will be held June 14-18.
Maggie Davis was 12 years old when she began babysitting for the late Dr. David Joseph on Kennedy Drive. The Josephs had just moved to Camden from Georgetown in 1953. Eight years later, after graduating from high school in 1961, David Joseph, who died in 1992, hired Davis to work in his dental practice's lab.