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Public meetings set for Camden BAR proposal

City of Camden staff is proposing to hold public input meetings on the proposed creation of a board of architectural review (BAR) to replace the current Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC). Camden City Council will discuss the proposed public meeting schedule during its work session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

September 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Falling on Fair

A post oak that stood guard over Camden Elementary School (seen to the right) for more than 60 years fell during the early morning hours Friday across Fair Street. Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland said the tree fell due to a combination of root rot, compacted soil, pavement around the roots and strong winds from a passing storm earlier in the night. Gilland said that as the tree fell, it took a utility pole and electric wire with it, and smashed into a security light across the street, causing an electric outage at the school and approximately 15 to 20 ...

September 10, 2012 | | Camden


Camden maintains ‘A’ Rating from S&P

The city of Camden has maintained its "A" rating and "stable" outlook from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services. The city has continued to demonstrate good fiscal control during an exceptionally tough economy and is reinvesting its own money into reinforcing utility infrastructure, S&P said in a press release. The city also continues to work to build up the city's cash reserves.

September 07, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden to improve I-20, industrial park infrastructure

After years of being on the back burner, the city of Camden is ready to bank on the future of another of town: the I-20/U.S. 521 interchange area and two nearby industrial parks.

August 31, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Htax lawsuit court date set for Oct. 4

They'll finally get their day in court.

August 29, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden ready to ‘Grab Life’

The city of Camden is ready to "Grab Life." That's the slogan for a new city branding campaign developed after two years of planning, research and work by a citizen's stakeholder committee and the West Columbia-based advertising, marketing and design firm of Flying Napkins Inc.

August 27, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden annexes proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant lot

Camden City Council expressed its hopes that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will actually be built in Camden with a 4-0, unanimous vote to annex a small piece of property on West DeKalb Street. Tuesday's vote was the second and final reading necessary of an ordinance authorizing the annexation of a 1.08-acre lot being subdivided from the Seven Oaks Shopping Center, anchored by Kmart.

August 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Sullivans to chair Camden Antiques Fair

Organizers of the Camden Antiques Fair recently announced that Joe and Brenda Sullivan are Honorary Chairmen for this year's event. They reside in Camden and spend part of the summer in Newport, R.I.

August 17, 2012 | | Camden


City council to consider financing for new radios

The city of Camden has until Jan. 1, 2013 -- a little more than four and a half months from now -- to comply with federal mandates concerning emergency communication interoperability. The mandates grew out of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where law enforcement and other emergency agencies found it difficult to communicate with each other.

August 13, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Larry Doby Day in Camden

Your name may not appear down here

July 30, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden


City puts off surveys for a year

Camden City Council decided to put off launching community surveys for one year, citing the fact that the proposal has not been budgeted for the current fiscal year. The idea to conduct surveys came out of an April 30 "road trip" to Rock Hill. Rock Hill City Council conducts such surveys through an independent firm every three years as part of its strategic planning process.

July 27, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City council to consider community surveys

Camden City Council may follow the example of their counterparts in Rock Hill and begin conducting community surveys as part of its annual strategic planning process. Council will discuss the possibility during its pre-meeting work session Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

July 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Will new truck route be enforceable by police?

For more than a decade, Camden has been trying to find a way to keep heavy trucks off of Broad Street and on to a truck route. Camden has a truck route and has an ordinance on the books that would enforce its use -- but doesn't currently do so.

July 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CPC approves Bridlewood plat revision

The developers of Bridlewood Farms on Springdale Drive in Camden now have the go-ahead to take the first steps at actually creating the subdivision.

July 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City trades legal barbs with CRRC, CCRG

For several months, things have been quiet in the more than year-long controversy over the city of Camden's pursuit of constructing a sports complex. The city purchased property on Campbell Street in March 2011 with the intention of building a sports complex, proposed using hospitality taxes to construct it and began negotiating with the YMCA of Columbia to manage it. The plan met not only with vocal opposition, but legal challenges as well.

July 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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