Blue skies and more spring-like temperatures than recently greeted an overflow crowd Friday afternoon at the Camden Archives and Museum to witness the unveiling of life-size statues of Camden natives Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby. Estimates placed those attending at more than 200, with many standing after that number of seats filled up under a large tent near the edge of Broad Street.
Growing up the way I did, I couldn't help but to learn the fundamental truth that we are all human beings with the fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I've lived in too many places, and been counted as a minority enough times, not to realize that it's always wrong -- always -- to believe that anyone's claims to those fundamental rights are inferior to anyone else's.
Camden City Council spent much of both its Tuesday afternoon work session and regular meeting that evening discussing whether or not to appropriate $187,000 in local source revenue to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Historic Camden Foundation Executive Director Tray Dunaway -- in full 18th century regalia -- made a presentation on one of its two requests during the regular meeting.
Most members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday to pass a resolution to support expanding Medicaid in South Carolina. It was not a unanimous vote, however, as seven trustees voted in favor of the resolution, one voted against and one abstained.
You can't always have what you want, at least not when it comes to budgeting. Whether a personal, business or government budget, there are some things you just have to leave out. That was the case during a March 20 Camden City Council budget work session.
I won an award Saturday: first place for Spot News (breaking news in layman's terms) for a story about the recovery of two North Carolina teenage boys' bodies from a creek-fed pond near the Wateree River.
The city of Camden expects to receive $702,000 in local source revenue during its next fiscal year, which starts July 1. The majority of those funds -- an estimated $620,000 -- will come from the city's 2 percent hospitality tax (HTAX). How to use those funds was the subject of some debate during a special afternoon-long Camden City Council budget work session Wednesday.
(The online version of this story has been updated to correctly show that asbestos mitigation and demolition of the Maxway building would be paid for out of a fund created by the 2000 sale of city watershed property, as will the purchase of the building. Hospitality taxes would only be used to transform the property into the proposed "pocket park.")
John Rainey wants to make sure of one thing: what happens in Camden on March 29 will not be about him. Rainey said the unveiling of "Reconciliation," a piece of art featuring life-size statuary of two of Camden's native sons, will happen because of a unique collaboration. Yes, it will be his vision, but as the combined work of others to see that vision come to life. That, Rainey said during a recent interview, will make the day unique.
Technically speaking, the personal computer -- usually referred to as a desktop computer -- was born as a programmable calculator in 1965, the year of my birth. During the 1970s, Hewlett Packard introduced a BASIC computer that could fit on a desk. It included a keyboard, small one-line display and a printer. The Xerox Alto, that (according to Wikipedia) inspired the Apple Macintosh, came along in 1973. IBM had a small CRT display computer two years later.
Camden City Council used much of its afternoon work session Tuesday to discuss transportation issues, including its pending move to a Columbia-area planning organization and a parking project south of Rutledge Street.