By GLENN TUCKER
An elevator could finally be installed at Camden City Hall if the city's Fiscal Year 2015 budget goes through as proposed. Camden City Council held a public hearing on the proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday night. City Manager Mel Pearson presented a budget summary that included $200,000 toward the elevator's installation in its project improvement fund. The fiscal year begins July 1.
It's been just a little more than four years since the Rho Chi Kobras step team came in second at the national Music Step Fest in Nashville, Tenn. Now, the "next generation" of local steppers -- the Kershaw County Diamonds -- are aiming for the top, this time in Chicago.
Camden is mourning the passing Wednesday of Dr. Peter McKoy, long-time veterinarian and community leader. Born in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 9, 1943, McKoy graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter, Clemson University and the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on its budget Tuesday. No budget items were attached to a copy of Tuesday's agenda. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Council will not meet for a work session that afternoon.
"Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" Psalm 139:16
The city of Camden is working on a plan that would keep the city from having to dig a trench on Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site property on the west side of Broad Street. Thursday, City Manager Mel Pearson said the city now hopes to install sections of a force main sewer line around Rhame Arena on the east side of Broad Street. That would follow part of a path already planned for a gravity sewer line being installed as part of the same project, he said.
It takes a great many people to make the Carolina Cup the success it is every year. But one group that may go unnoticed at the event is the crew of "outriders," volunteers who serve many roles during the annual event.
Tuesday morning, city of Camden officials went down to Broad and Bull streets to instruct a contractor to delay some work on a major sewer project involving Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Tuesday afternoon, Camden City Council spent nearly an hour deciding what to do about a request from the Historic Camden Foundation Board to change the proposed path of a new force main being installed along Broad Street.
On a split, 3-2, vote, Camden City Council passed a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a federal grant to help cover the costs of a proposed "road diet" for a portion of Broad Street.
The city of Camden is recognizing April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by encouraging all Camden residents to be careful and mindful of others while they're on the road. City officials read a proclamation during Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday.
Beppie LeGrand, manager of Main Street SC, will speak before Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session. Council members will also receive a copy of a Main Street SC application for the city to complete should it choose to reenter the program. Camden participated in the Main Street program -- a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) and accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center -- in the mid-1990s.
The Social Security Administration permanently closed the doors on its Camden office inside 1111 Broad St. on Friday, March 7. There appeared to be little notice to the public with clients contacting the media asking what had happened and others showing up at its second floor offices trying to get in.
Most of our lives contain some memorable moments that last a lifetime. A group of former Camden High School (CHS) students had such a moment 50 years ago when the CHS marching band was named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Trumpeter Jerry Sheheen said being in the band in the early to mid-1960s was made special by band director and teacher Bill Basden.
Four Camden Police Department (CPD) officers received honors recently for their work in the field and with the community. They include two 2013 Officers of the Year, one named by the CPD itself, the other by the American Legion; the 2013 recipient of the CPD's Wilson Clyburn award; and recognition of another officer for being among the nominees for the S.C. Law Enforcement Network's (SCLEN) 2013 Officer of the Year award.
Camden City Council will recognize outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk as they attend their last meeting Tuesday night. Long and Polk chose not to run for reelection. Voters elected former mayor Jeffrey Graham and Deborah Davis as Long and Polk's replacements. They are tentatively scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and will take their seats on council at its Dec. 9 meeting.
About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.
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