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 Urban Forester Liz Gilland announced by email Wednesday that the city of Camden will be removing four live oaks and one Bradford Pear tree at the Amtrak station this week.
Camden son Patrick Davis believes it's finally happening for the Gamecocks. In fact, he believes the Cocks may be close to the top of the mountain not far from the promised land. Perhaps this "land of Canaan" will come in the form of a national championship.
Ed Royall is not a subscriber to short-term commitment. On the contrary, this month the Camden lawyer is celebrating his 60th anniversary with the firm now known as Savage, Royall and Sheheen. And the active 83-year-old plans to keep right on working part time at the firm.
Clifton H. Anderson looks back at the 1963 March on Washington with fond memories. Anderson was living and working in D.C. at the time and attended the march.
The city of Camden is asking more than 30 churches in the city to participate in a "Let Freedom Ring" bell-ringing ceremony Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Camden City Manager Mel Pearson is expected to update Camden City Council on the ceremony during its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday.
People walking or driving through downtown Camden may not see the old Maxway's walls come tumbling down quite yet. What they will see this week, perhaps as early as today, is the first stages of work to remove asbestos from the site.
There are going to be some changes to this year's Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden and Camden City Council is helping the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County to make those changes and advertise the festival. Council members asked FAC Executive Director Kristin Cobb to speak as they considered a resolution to appropriate $5,000 worth of additional hospitality taxes to assist with advertising expenses. Some of the money will also be used for additional staging and security costs.
Sometime in mid-September, the old Maxway building -- vacant for more than a decade at the northwest corner of Broad and Rutledge streets in Camden -- will be gone. Demolition will begin during the next few days.
Camden City Council will not meet for a work session Tuesday. Normally, council uses such sessions, which begin at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, to discuss business that may or may not be voted on during that night's regular meeting.
If an American Revolution board game called "All Roads Lead to Camden" existed, it could well tell the story of an unacknowledged bit of local history. Pewter game tokens -- as in Monopoly's thimble, top hat, or iron -- might be tiny replicas of the following: (1) The Washington Monument, (2) a bayonet, (3) a heart, (4) double-piazza-ed mansion, (5) a china platter, (6) Masonic jewel, (7) gold-fringed sash, (8) a dog, (9) a silver trowel and (10) a cedar branch. Once all were collected, the game would culminate with the identification of an oft-forgotten historic icon.
Dr. Paul Joseph (center, holding his granddaughter, Nahra Joseph) had a special visitor in July. His cousin, Helen Tobia Bukaram (right), left her home country of Lebanon and visited Camden for three weeks. Bukaram speaks three languages and owns a Mercedes parts business -- much needed, Joseph said, as Mercedes is the most popular car manufacturer in Lebanon. Bukaram has also written several stories in Arabic, but the most beloved story she's written is about how her family -- the Joseph's family -- got to South Carolina. "The 100 Year Trip" chronicles the family's life from the time Bukaram's ...
The city of Camden water treatment plant recently received the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award. The goal of the program is to optimize particle removal and disinfection at all filtration plants to maximize public health protection. DHEC initiated AWOP in 1997 to optimize the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities and to reduce the risk of a waterborne disease outbreak.
Some city of Camden employees have been serving residents in various ways for a long time. In a few cases, those employees have worked for 25, 30 or even 40 years. City officials honored 17 such employees earlier this month for their continuous and dedicated service to the community.
Camden City Council ultimately came to a consensus Tuesday afternoon to provide some funding to the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA). That was after, however, a clash between some members of council over how much to give.
Camden City Council dealt with issues concerning its proposed budget for the next fiscal year and a proposed approved truck route, or bypass, on Tuesday night.
The city of Camden project to renovate Rhame Arena is on track. Construction is slated to start Monday, April 20 and should be done by mid-September, according to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther.
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which starts July 1.
The city of Camden recently received a $1.6 million by the South Carolina State Housing Authority through its Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). The award will facilitate the purchase and removal of blighted residential structures and improvement of parcels in Camden neighborhoods and adjacent properties in Kershaw County.
The Kershaw County Diamonds will host Camden's annual step showcase Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camden High School gym. The program is sponsored by the city of Camden and The ALPHA Center.
Jim Watts will be remembered for many things, including an effusive personality, sharp intellect, strong work ethic, deep faith and unwavering support of his community. Watts passed away Monday, at nearly 80 years of age.
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