Camden's dream of having a tennis complex for both casual play and tournaments will take another step forward at 4 p.m. today when Camden City Council hosts a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the corner of York and Campbell streets where the city owns six existing courts. The city took possession of the courts in 2016 from the Kershaw County School District by swapping it for the city-owned American Legion baseball fields on Ehrenclou Drive.
Camden City Council unanimously awarded a bid Tuesday night to Loveless Commercial Contracting for site and construction work of the city's proposed tennis complex on York Street between Campbell and Gordon streets.
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed the city of Camden to annex the old Bi-Lo shopping center on Old River Road off West DeKalb Street. The shopping center is part of a "doughnut hole" that includes part of Old River Road and Smyrl Circle -- commercial and residential properties in Kershaw County's jurisdiction but surrounded by the city of Camden.
The Mayor's Cup step show competition returns to the Camden High School gymnasium Saturday at 6 p.m. Jackson Teen Center Executive Director Brian Mayes, who has coordinated the step shows for many years, said 10 acts will compete for the Mayor's Cup -- the first competition under new Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford.
There is a bit of mystery surrounding the history of 833 South Broad, currently the home of a venue of the same name and Dancin' on Broad. For much of the last 20 years, many people have remembered it as an antique mall. People with longer memories often refer to it as the old Coca-Cola bottling plant.
At the very end of Tuesday night's Camden City Council meeting, City Manager Mel Pearson introduced Katharine Spadacenta to council members and the public. Pearson announced the city recently hired Spadacenta, who moved to Camden with her family from Connecticut in August, as its first Main Street SC program manager in about 25 years.
In a somewhat unusual legislative move, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden introduced a bill in January that would allow the city of Camden to unilaterally annex 1001 Old River Road. That is the site of the shopping center that once housed a Bi-Lo and other stores.
Camden City Council will consider a resolution during its meeting tonight that, if approved, would support the creation of a master transportation plan for the Black River Road/U.S. 521 corridor south of downtown Camden. Kershaw County Council will also consider a similar resolution tonight.
Eschewing the high-back chair behind her desk at Camden City Hall, recently elected Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford chose a chair near her office's door. She said it is a more comfortable and relaxed way to meet with staff, constituents and others. A moment earlier, City Manager Mel Pearson sat in a similar chair near the window as they discussed city business.