For some time, a number of South Carolina mayors wished they could do even more to represent their cities and towns' interests on the state level. Earlier this year, those mayors decided to do something about.
Several months ago, the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) heard a presentation by Jay Daniels with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Daniels came to talk about something called "complete streets." The idea, according to Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam, is for a community to have streets that serve as more than just conduits for automobiles.
Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.
SAFE Federal Credit Union, in partnership with the city of Camden, will sponsor a shred day from 3 to 6 p.m. July 13 at SAFE's Camden Branch, 407 Rutledge St. The event is free for members and community residents.
It started with a recommendation to change the name of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission. That didn't appear to be much of a problem during Camden City Council's work session Thursday afternoon. The only request came from Councilman Willard Polk who wanted to make sure a description of the commission's duties included specific verbiage about city parks.
Although Camden City Council hasn't officially decided to build a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run recreation center, city officials have already solicited architectural and engineering firms for their qualifications to build the facility.
The house at 1409 Broad St. is officially referred to as The Mathis House. Built around 1810 by Samuel Mathis, the first white man born in Camden, Mathis purchased the land from his brother-in-law and Camden's "father," Joseph Kershaw.
The city of Camden shut down its Facebook page Friday, leaving several hundred people who had chosen to "Like" the page behind. Suddenly, those friends of the city were no longer receiving updates on Camden events or able to comment on city issues.
Ashleigh Hough is not your typical high school graduate. Even though she just graduated from Camden High School in May and will attend Clemson University this fall, Hough has plans to travel to Joplin, Mo., June 26 to bring supplies to victims affected by May's deadly tornadoes.
On the same night Camden City Council celebrated the city's participation in a national health and exercise initiative, it was also hearing just how strongly some people feel about council's proposal to build and possibly partner with the YMCA of Columbia to operate a new recreation center.
Things were a little confusing at first in the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's Douglas Reed House Monday night. Some of the 55 people gathered there thought they would be attending a sit-down public meeting about the city of Camden's proposed recreation center and the possibility of it being run by the YMCA of Columbia.
Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.