Kershaw County Magistrate Judge Eugene "Gene" Hartis (center) celebrates his retirement Thursday with his family at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Hartis retired Thursday after working at the courthouse for 30 years, 28 as a magistrate judge. Original from North Carolina, Hartis attended Bethune area schools. He said the past 30 years have gone by quickly, and recognized his family, employees and his friend, the late Sen. Donald Holland. Hartis said he remembered when the magistrate's office only collected $189,000 in fines. Last year, the office collected more than $1 million, he said, acknowledging the county's growth in ...
Camden City Council spent two hours during its work session Tuesday afternoon hearing Arnett Muldrow's initial tourism marketing plan recommendations. In this first of two reports, the C-I looks at the Greenville-based firm's suggestions for launching the new "Camden: Classically Carolina" brand and for what it called "product development" -- tourism packages and other ideas for bringing a critical mass of visitors to Camden. Monday's report will focus on organization and funding, data collection and analysis, and the questions asked and concerns raised by council members and others during the meeting.
The city of Camden continued its long tradition of lighting a Christmas tree in front of Camden City Hall on Friday night. In opening remarks, City Manager Mel Pearson noted that city staff planted the Eudora Cedar tree only two and a half years ago.
Despite grey skies and a fairly constant drizzle, laughter from 50 people filled the southeast corner of Monument Square late Saturday morning. The laughter came as Bob Wood brought forth memories of his father, Dr. Paul Ariel Wood. The laughter highlighted the dedication of a Leaders Legacy bench in Dr. Wood's honor.
A Boulder, Colo., firm hired by the city to assist the city of Camden in upgrading design guidelines for historic properties presented a preliminary document outlining those updates to the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) during a public workshop Thursday. The guidelines are not part of the city's code of ordinances, but are used to guide the CHLC in making its decisions when considering certificates of appropriateness. Such certificates are required when the owner of a historic property -- whether voluntarily placed under the CHLC's jurisdiction or as part of a neighborhood historic district -- submits a building permit to ...
Trustees with the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame recently inducted Andrew D. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. White of Camden, into the prestigious honor society for his work in and support of the state's home building industry.
Arnett Muldrow, a Greenville-based consulting firm, will officially present the designs it came up with for the city's new "Camden: Classically Carolina" brand and a draft of its marketing plan for the city. The designs, revealed during a public presentation in mid November, include the new logo featuring graphics representing different aspects of Camden life and heritage and a mock-up of a magazine advertisement.
Tuesday afternoon in Rectory Square, the city of Camden dedicated a park bench to former Camden Mayor Jeffrey R. Graham. Graham served as mayor of Camden from 2008 to 2012. Camden City Manager Mel Pearson welcomed all attendees and praised Graham and his "wonderful family" for their contributions; Camden resident Katherine Brown offered the invocation.
The city of Camden is embarking on a project to update the design guidelines used for the city's Historic Overlay District. The guidelines are intended to assist property owners in developing projects in the district that will preserve historic resources, accommodate change and maintain the character of the district.
The city of Camden will kick-off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony in front of Camden City Hall at 6 p.m. Friday. The ceremony will feature musical performances by a small ensemble from the Camden Community Concert Band and an ensemble from the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County. City utility crews have been busy placing decorations throughout Camden in preparation for the holiday season. Join us and "come throw the switch" at the tree lighting.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase electric utility rates by 6 percent starting with the first billing cycle in January 2014. The increase is necessary, City Manager Mel Pearson said during council's Tuesday meetings, because of an expected 12.9 percent increase in the cost of purchasing power from Duke Energy Progress (DEP).
There's a chance that roosters could be banned from Camden. At least, they could be banned from the city's residential areas.
Several prominent businessmen chartered the Camden Lions Club in 1946. Their first project involved raising funds to purchase a new iron lung for the local hospital to treat polio victims.
Camden City Council will consider imposing a 6 percent electric rate increase to be effective with the first billing cycle in January 2014. Council will take up the possible increase during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The tennis courts located at Rectory Square will be closed through Nov. 29 for a resurfacing project. During this time, a contractor will patch any cracks on the courts and apply a new acrylic surface. The color of the courts will also be changed to U.S. Open Blue.
Dr. Tim Hardee, president of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) and Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter want the city of Camden to become a partner in CCTC's proposed expansion of its campus at I-20 Exit 98. Hardee and Carpenter spoke before council during its work session Tuesday afternoon; there was no evening meeting.
An annual report from the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) on its activities led to a spirited debate between two members of Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon.
It is hard to remember when Reid Buckley wasn't a part of my life, so prominent and life-altering a place he occupied the past 20 years or so. Not only was he a cherished friend but he also held the distinction of being the only person ever to fire me.
The city of Camden recently installed this new playground equipment at City Arena Park at the corner of Bull and Market streets across from Zemp Stadium. A $23,526 S.C. Parks and Recreation Department grant, along with $5,881 in matching city funds, paid not only for the play structure but a new swing set, timber borders and fall-zone mulch. "We are excited to provide all these needed improvements for the neighborhood children and are thankful to our local legislators for supporting our grant applications for this project," Camden Mayor Tony Scully said. Improvements to Edgewood Park at Elmore ...
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Camden City Council set for tomorrow evening has been cancelled. Council will still have the scheduled work session meeting at 4 p.m.
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