A majority of Camden City Council voted Tuesday night to award a more than $47,000 bid to a Colorado firm to rewrite design guidelines used by the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC). An attempt to table the vote failed, 2-3, followed by a lengthy discussion and a 3-2 vote to award the bid to Winter & Company of Boulder, Colo.
Tree limbs are believed responsible for a more than two-hour power outage in the northeast section of downtown Camden Monday night. Public Works Director Tom Couch said the outage affected the Chesnut Street circuit starting between 8 and 8:30 p.m.
Camden City Council will consider signing an intergovernmental agreement with Kershaw County that would pool portions of each side's accommodation tax revenues to fund a tourism development director position employed by the city. Council will consider the agreement during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
How to define Camden? That is the central question surrounding a new effort to market the city to tourists that kicked off Wednesday night at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. Using a series of three "fun" questions, Tripp Muldrow, of Greenville-based marketing firm Arnett Muldrow, got most of about 75 residents to help describe Camden:
This week is Constitution Week in Camden. At its Sept. 10 meeting, Camden City Council presented a proclamation to Shirley Ransom of the Hobkirk Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Organizers of the Camden Antiques Fair will host the event for the third consecutive year in October. In addition to presenting some of America's outstanding antique dealers, the Fair will offer garden displays and speakers. Proceeds from the Fair benefit the National Steeplechase Museum and the South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
When people from other countries turn to the United States' official travel and tourism website, DiscoverAmerica.com, and want to learn about South Carolina, they'll soon see video featuring the city of Camden.
A new exhibit featuring Camden in the Civil War opened Sept. 6 and will run through January 11, 2014.
A community-wide meeting will be held at the Robert Mills Courthouse at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will inform the public of the beginning stages of the Arnett Muldrow firm's marketing plan for the city of Camden. Arnett Muldrow will gather input to assist with planning efforts for the tourism and city branding.
A simple word change to Connie Francis's 1961 signature tune "Where the Boys Are" could morph that classic into the perfect theme song for aviators. "Where the birds are" seems a fitting anthem for that confederation of sky jockeys who seek the thrill of flight in jets, helicopters, and sailplanes. Those pilots are keenly aware that they invade the natural habitat of birds and take precautionary measures to avoid unwanted encounters.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to award a bid to place electric lines underground on Broad Street in Dusty Bend to Sumter Utilities.
In keeping with the projected schedule of demolition for the Maxway building, the above photo shows that demolition is well underway. The Maxway building closed for business in Camden about a dozen years ago and will be cleared by the end of September or early October.
Arnett Muldrow & Associates Ltd., the Greenville-based marketing firm contracted by the city of Camden to create a tourism plan, market assessment and branding plan for the city, will kick off its work with a public input meeting Sept 18.
The city of Camden may spend more than $630,000 to for utility and other improvements to both Dusty Bend and two locations in downtown Camden.
A record number of visitors walked through the doors of the Camden Archives and Museum during the city of Camden's 2012-13 fiscal year. During a Camden City Council work session Thursday afternoon, Archives Director Katherine Richardson said in Fiscal Year 2013, 7,401 people visited the archives, an increase of more than 1,500 visitors from 2011-12.
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.
An exhibit on World War I is now on display through June 2015 at the Camden Archives and Museum.
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