The nation's capital is the place those with political aspirations usually aim for as an ultimate goal. There's a reason the classic James Stewart movie is called "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." But what if you were born in Washington, D.C., and your main aspiration was to see your plays produced on stage?
Camden City Council gave its approval -- along with that of incoming Mayor-elect Tony Scully and Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks -- for city staff to begin the search to replace City Manager Kevin Bronson. Bronson recently announced he will resign from the city effective Jan. 3 in order to take a management position with the city of Rock Hill government.
Suspended Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to contempt of court by an attorney and paid a $130 fine. In exchange for the plea, the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office dismissed misconduct in office charges against Cushman connected to allegations that he dismissed Camden Municipal Court charges against certain defendants in exchange for "donations" to the Camden City Drug Fund.
Three more Welsh Street property owners are asking to come into the city of Camden, some of the last in the Sunnyhill subdivision to request annexation. Camden City Council will consider three separate ordinances accepting the properties into the city at Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. meeting.
Authorities evacuated the Camden Archives and Museum for several hours Friday after staff discovered what is believed to have been a live Civil War-era cannonball in its collection. The shell was eventually removed and destroyed.
"Tourism," "tourism-related," "tourists."
The city of Camden continues to work on a full response to the Chronicle-Independent's September S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents and other materials in connection with charges of misconduct in office filed against suspended City Attorney Charles Cushman.
"You couldn't ask for a better day."
In January 2007, Lt. Col (ret.) Ross E. Beard Jr. of Camden showed off much of his personal collection of military and related memorabilia during a preview tour of the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia.
Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson tendered his resignation to Camden City Council during an executive session at Tuesday's regular meeting, to be effective January 3. Council hired Bronson at the end of March 2009; he signed an updated employment agreement in November 2010.
The city of Camden was recently honored as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Planning award by the South Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) at its annual conference Oct. 19 at Litchfield Beach. The Outstanding Planning award is presented to a project of local significance that shows innovation, quality, transferability, comprehensiveness, sustainability and cost benefit. The city of Camden, with the assistance of URS Corporation, was recognized for its Broad Street Road Diet.
Camden City Council will consider an amendment to the city's business license ordinance during its meeting Tuesday in order to comply with a new state law concerning non-admitted insurance brokers.
After a nearly year and a half wait, the city of Camden will celebrate the unveiling of a pair of life-size statuary of two of the city and county's most notable figures on the Town Green on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25.
Come experience the historic charm of South Carolina's oldest inland city, and spread some Christmas cheer to needy children in Kershaw County! The 36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, December 8, from 3 to 8 p.m.
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.
In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.
A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.
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