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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.