Almost a year after hearing arguments in the case, a circuit court judge ruled Friday that the city of Camden's proposed use of hospitality tax (HTAX) funds to build a YMCA of Columbia-managed sports complex was legal. Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee signed the judgment Friday which was filed at the Kershaw County Courthouse Monday.
Michelle Torres of the city of Camden Street Department puts the finishing touches on a new hanging basket on Broad Street. It is one of eight iron baskets being hung from light posts on Broad Street between DeKalb and Rutledge streets, and are provided by the Camden Garden Club. "We are delighted to see this beautiful improvement and are grateful to the Camden Garden Club for their investment in our downtown," Camden Mayor Tony Scully said. Each basket is planted with pansies and asparagus fern, which will provide color and texture for the coming months.
The city of Camden, with assistance from marketing consulting firm Arnett Muldrow, has prepared a request for proposals (RFP) to develop the site of the recently demolished Maxway building. Camden City Council will hear a report about the RFP during its work session Tuesday afternoon.
Camden residents might not know Shelley personally, but he and his crew visit each home every week. Shelley Salmond is the city of Camden's sanitation supervisor with a crew of 14 men and three women who pick up residents' curbside trash, yard debris and recyclables.
Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Monday as "Judge William R. Byars Jr. Day" in South Carolina. Bill Byars is a Kershaw County resident and recently retired as the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC). He previously served in the same capacity at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
The 2013 Camden Antiques Fair will open Thursday with a preview party and continue Friday through Sunday. This signature event benefits the National Steeplechase Museum and S.C. Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. In its third year, the fair has brought hundreds of visitors to Camden while greatly promoting our area as a destination for antiquing, equine sports, visiting historical places and a dose of real Southern hospitality at our local stores and restaurants.
Tyrell "Rock" Coleman grew up in Camden, graduated from Camden High School and has worked for some time as a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer. Tuesday, City Manager Mel Pearson took advantage of the passage of a proclamation naming October as Crime Prevention Month to recognize Coleman on his recent promotion to sergeant and his new responsibilities as supervisor of the city's school resource officers (SROs).
The Camden Rotary Club is celebrating its 86th year of operation. Public Relations Chair Susan Witkowski and current President Alfred Mae Drakeford recently took the time to share all that the club does within the local community.
Camden has some "very dynamic market things" going on, according to Tripp Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow, the Greenville-based firm hired by the city of Camden to conduct a marketing study, tourism plan and branding effort.
It's hard to argue with the numbers: the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) has reduced its inmate population almost to 1998 levels and begun generating a surplus after several years of severe deficits.
Camden City Council will take up five proclamations and three resolutions during its regular meeting Tuesday. Council will not hold an afternoon work session.
Arnett Muldrow, the Greenville-based firm hired by the city of Camden to conduct a tourism marketing study and promotion plan will return with its initial findings today at 6 p.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse.
Bill Byars spent his last day as the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) Monday. It marked the third time Byars, who lives in Kershaw County just north of Camden, has retired from some type of public or government service.
Camden resident Chuck Hayes' lifetime of outdoor adventure began growing up in Dillon County with camping and swamp explorations as a youngster. But as a high school junior on January 8, 1951, he experienced a turning point that set a course for his lifetime.
Due to recent reports of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) being found in several public wastewater treatment plants in South Carolina, the city of Camden is asking the public to be aware of anyone illegally dumping waste into storm drains or sewer manholes.
By HALEY ATKINSON
Special to the C-I, by PADDY BELL
By GLENN TUCKER
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