(The online version of this story has been updated to correctly show that asbestos mitigation and demolition of the Maxway building would be paid for out of a fund created by the 2000 sale of city watershed property, as will the purchase of the building. Hospitality taxes would only be used to transform the property into the proposed "pocket park.")
The Kershaw County Historical Society (KCHS) will host a special Civil War program at 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church's St. Mary's Hall. The program will be followed by a members-only tour of nearby Holly Hedge, an historic home closely related the program's topic, "The Immortal Six Hundred."
John Rainey wants to make sure of one thing: what happens in Camden on March 29 will not be about him. Rainey said the unveiling of "Reconciliation," a piece of art featuring life-size statuary of two of Camden's native sons, will happen because of a unique collaboration. Yes, it will be his vision, but as the combined work of others to see that vision come to life. That, Rainey said during a recent interview, will make the day unique.
Camden City Manager Mel Pearson and Camden City Council are actively accepting applications for service on the boards and commissions. Currently, there is one vacancy on the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) and two vacancies on the Camden Board of Construction Appeals (CBCA).
Camden City Council used much of its afternoon work session Tuesday to discuss transportation issues, including its pending move to a Columbia-area planning organization and a parking project south of Rutledge Street.
Tourism was the name of the game during Camden City Council's regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Camden City Council will continue its discussion of whether or not to join the Central Midlands Regional Council of Governments' (COG) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) during its work session Tuesday afternoon. Due to population changes reflected in the 2010 Census, the combined population of the city of Camden, town of Elgin and certain unincorporated areas of Kershaw County reached more than 50,000. Federal law requires that an MPO be designated for each "urbanized area" hitting that population level.
The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recently received a $3,750 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers.
All men. All out. That combination earned the praise of both a packed audience and judges at Camden High School's (CHS) basketball gymnasium for Lower Richland High School's Diamond Dawgs to win Saturday night. Wearing black clothes and gold ties, the team took the high school Mayor's Cup at the 2013 Camden step show and took the crowd by storm.
The city of Camden will have its day at the State House -- literally. As part of the city's effort to market itself, Camden's marketing consultant, Ashley Hunter, has arranged with state lawmakers to have April 11 declared City of Camden Day at the State House.
Former Camden resident Ella Johnson-Williams was selected for the job of her dreams last fall. After one failed attempt and lots of uncertainty, Johnson-Williams went to the Mpologeni, Swaziland, in Africa, in October to act as a supervisor of a "soup kitchen."
The Camden Business Alliance (CBA) will host its first Breakfast Before Hours event Thursday. A complimentary continental breakfast will be offered. The CBA has expanded its mission to include all businesses in the city and invites all business owners to attend.
There's a very good chance that the Camden Archives and Museum will become the new home of Camden resident Ross Beard's weapons collection. Camden City Council will consider a resolution authorizing just such an agreement at its meeting Tuesday evening.
Judge G. Thomas Cooper Jr. will be honored by the community during a portrait unveiling Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Cooper has been a circuit court judge for the 5th Circuit since 2000 and, at age 72, recently entered active retirement.
Four churches came together for their fourth annual 9/11 memorial service on Sept. 11 to mark the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. About 50 people showed up for the service, held at noon in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse on Broad Street in Camden.
Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.
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