A recent festival in Camden provided the mayor with the chance to recognize an arts organization. That organization, in turn, recognized a local patron of the arts.
SAFE Federal Credit Union recently recognized Dee Dee Cannon, of the credit union's Rutledge Street branch in Camden, as its Teller of the Year. SAFE honored Cannon during its annual Staff Training and Recognition Day in February. During the ceremony, the credit union recognizes "the best of the best" in different job categories, along with awards for sales, volunteerism, service, and leadership.
Abundant Life Fellowship Church is hosting the Building People Conference, Thursday through Saturday at the church on the 800 block of Laurens Street in Camden.
Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips recently received a 2013-2014 community service award from Central High School in Pageland. Phillips received the award for supporting Central Eagles athletics while serving as editor of The (Pageland) Progressive Journal. Although Phillips did not attend the event, Central officials announced the award during its Fall Athletic Awards night at the school Feb. 18.
Camden City Council will confer special recognition on four Camden Police Department (CPD) officers during its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon work session.
On Saturday, March 22, the Camden Coin club will hold its annual Spring Coin Show at the Camden Recreation Department on Hwy. #1 South in Camden.
Sam Davis, deputy director of the city of Camden's public works department, made the announcement at the end of his presentation Tuesday to Camden City Council.
This year's Price House Commission Black History Month Exhibit focused on "Civil Rights in America," the theme issued by the Association of the Study of African American Life, History and Culture.
Work is continuing on an African-American tour and brochure for Camden. Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson will report to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon about progress on the project. Richardson is one of three members of a recently formed African-American History Committee composed of Clifton W. Anderson and Dr. Ernestyne Adams.
Camden historians say African-Americans contributed to the history of America even before there was an America. In connection with Black History Month, Historic Camden is offering a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday showcasing the role African-Americans, one in particular, played in the Revolution. All ages are welcome, but Historic Camden Administrative Assistant Carol Sheridan said the program is primarily aimed at children ages 6 through 12.
The city of Camden announces that Mayor Tony Scully and Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Parks both recently graduated from the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Elected Officials Institute of Government.
The city of Camden is acquiring some more easements along Commerce Alley to assist with a water line project. Camden City Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that was added to Tuesday night's meeting agenda on Monday. A copy of the ordinance was not immediately made available.
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan during its meeting Tuesday evening. State law requires local governments to have a 10-year plan. The city enacted the current plan in 2007. Work on a mandated five-year update began two years ago in 2012.
Amidst re-introducing the city of Camden's new "Classically Carolina" slogan and logos, representatives from marketing firm Arnett Muldrow made a few recommendations concerning several "hot" items facing Camden. Among those recommendations are replacing Rhame Arena, going ahead with a proposed "road diet" for a portion of Broad Street, getting a hotel into downtown Camden and moving slowly on the former Maxway department store property.
A week from now, the city of Camden should be on its way to completing a required five-year update of its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan, adopted in 2007, works as the city's master planning document and originally contained seven elements: population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing and land use. Just as the city adopted the plan, the General Assembly amended the legislation governing the plan's requirements. Those amendments included additional components to the housing element and required local governments to add transportation and priority investment elements.
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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