Blue skies and more spring-like temperatures than recently greeted an overflow crowd Friday afternoon at the Camden Archives and Museum to witness the unveiling of life-size statues of Camden natives Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby. Estimates placed those attending at more than 200, with many standing after that number of seats filled up under a large tent near the edge of Broad Street.
There's one thing that's been a staple at the Carolina Cup as long as the horses have been. It's not the extravagant hats or the pastel colors. It's the Redfearns.
Camden City Council spent much of both its Tuesday afternoon work session and regular meeting that evening discussing whether or not to appropriate $187,000 in local source revenue to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Historic Camden Foundation Executive Director Tray Dunaway -- in full 18th century regalia -- made a presentation on one of its two requests during the regular meeting.
The Camden Police Department (CPD) will block off a portion of Broad and Laurens streets today at about 2:20 p.m. for the unveiling of "Reconciliation," featuring life-size statuary of Larry Doby and Bernard Baruch on the lawn of the Camden Archives and Museum.
You can't always have what you want, at least not when it comes to budgeting. Whether a personal, business or government budget, there are some things you just have to leave out. That was the case during a March 20 Camden City Council budget work session.
The city of Camden expects to receive $702,000 in local source revenue during its next fiscal year, which starts July 1. The majority of those funds -- an estimated $620,000 -- will come from the city's 2 percent hospitality tax (HTAX). How to use those funds was the subject of some debate during a special afternoon-long Camden City Council budget work session Wednesday.
(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.
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.
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