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Several hundred people mingled on the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County grounds for the ALPHA Center's annual Hispanic festival Saturday. Using the theme "Un día de campo entre amigos" -- literally translated as "A field day with friends" and touted as a picnic -- the festival celebrated Hispanic art, music, culture and sponsors who support the Hispanic community.
Flames roared and smoke billowed out of a makeshift living room behind Rhame Arena on Saturday. Moments later, a similar fire started in an identical "living room" next to it, but never got out of hand, thanks to a sprinkler system installed in the second room.
I couldn't be prouder of "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson if she were my own daughter.
For the 27th consecutive year, Camden is a Tree City U.S.A., so named by the S.C. Forestry Commission (SCFC) and Arbor Day Foundation.
"I've got your sound bite and I've got your headline," KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom declared late in the board's meeting Monday night. "Two simple words: 'Zero Harm.'"
Jaws dropped at Camden City Council's Tuesday afternoon work session. Council members, and citizens attending the meeting, expressed excitement over the revelation of what might be Rhame Arena's future. Representatives from the architectural firm of LTC Associates and engineering firm Bobbitt Design Build, both with offices in Columbia, unveiled initial renderings and floor plans for a vision of Rhame Arena that would serve as a gateway to the city.
Four churches came together for their fourth annual 9/11 memorial service on Sept. 11 to mark the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. About 50 people showed up for the service, held at noon in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse on Broad Street in Camden.
KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.
Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.
S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation Board Vice Chair John Cushman provided Camden City Council with some good news during its meeting Tuesday evening: the foundation already has commitments for all but about $220,000 of the $850,000 needed to construct a second covered arena at the S.C. Equine Park.
A check for $10,000 from First Citizens Bank and a speech by S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell highlighted a dedication ceremony for the next step in Potter Community Park's evolution in Elgin on Saturday morning.
James Foley. Steven Sotloff.
Camden City Council has a short agenda for its meeting Tuesday night, and has canceled its afternoon work session.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use most of its first meeting of September to continue a discussion of the healthcare system's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget on Monday at 6 p.m. The board will vote on the budget at its second meeting of the month on Sept. 22.
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.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.
A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.
About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.
As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
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