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.
There is a chance that there could be up to 300 new homes in Camden by 2018, just five years away, if U.S. Census and other projections hold up. The statistic -- based on a projected 8 percent increase in housing stock from 2011 to 2018 -- is part of a draft revision of Camden's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Friday, more than 80 people crowded into the Camden Archives and Museum to help dedicate the first five benches in the city of Camden's new Leaders Legacy recognition program. City officials moved the ceremony indoors due to a rainy forecast. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for honorees and their families to have their pictures taken at each respective bench outside.
Camden City Council granted $60,000 worth of hospitality taxes to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site's McCaa Tavern project on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, but not before a series of heated exchanges during that afternoon's work session.