Camden City Council approved a wholesale electric power contract with Duke Energy Progress (DEP), effectively extending a years-long relationship with the utility provider. Council voted unanimously to approve the seven-year contract during its Oct. 22 meeting.
Although Camden City Council ultimately gave the go-ahead for city staff to send out request for proposals (RFP) to develop the recently demolished Maxway property at Broad and Rutledge streets, some members expressed concern that things were moving too fast. The discussion came up during council's Tuesday afternoon work session.
Earlier this week, those who supported and those who opposed using hospitality tax (HTAX) revenues to pay for the construction of a proposed sports complex in Camden learned that it would have been legal to use the funds for such a project. Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee signed a ruling Oct. 18, filed Monday at the Kershaw County Courthouse, determining the city of Camden could have used HTAX funds to pay for the proposed two-story 44,000-square-foot complex.
Almost a year after hearing arguments in the case, a circuit court judge ruled Friday that the city of Camden's proposed use of hospitality tax (HTAX) funds to build a YMCA of Columbia-managed sports complex was legal. Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee signed the judgment Friday which was filed at the Kershaw County Courthouse Monday.
The city of Camden, with assistance from marketing consulting firm Arnett Muldrow, has prepared a request for proposals (RFP) to develop the site of the recently demolished Maxway building. Camden City Council will hear a report about the RFP during its work session Tuesday afternoon.
Three KershawHealth employees will become certified application counselors, or CACs, and assist patients and others interested in learning more about the healthcare insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. During Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting, KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch said the healthcare organization is waiting for an email giving it the go-ahead to have the employees trained.
Karen Eckford and Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. Eckford, a vice president of NBSC in Camden, recently completed her first year as a KershawHealth trustee. Holmstrom is an internal medicine physician with Sentinel Health Partners and has served on the board for four years of a six-year term.
Last week was National Newspaper Week, the one week of the year during which -- with the Newspaper Association Managers' (NAM) leadership -- newspapers remind readers of their importance to their communities. This year, NAM's theme was "Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life," while the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) narrowed the focus even further to newspapers' role as community watchdogs.
Tyrell "Rock" Coleman grew up in Camden, graduated from Camden High School and has worked for some time as a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer. Tuesday, City Manager Mel Pearson took advantage of the passage of a proclamation naming October as Crime Prevention Month to recognize Coleman on his recent promotion to sergeant and his new responsibilities as supervisor of the city's school resource officers (SROs).
Camden has some "very dynamic market things" going on, according to Tripp Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow, the Greenville-based firm hired by the city of Camden to conduct a marketing study, tourism plan and branding effort.
It's hard to argue with the numbers: the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) has reduced its inmate population almost to 1998 levels and begun generating a surplus after several years of severe deficits.