Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proclaims April as Fair Housing Month. The purpose of this designation is to celebrate the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. During this month HUD reaches out to the public with the message that "every person has the right to equal choices in housing." In the same way, the city of Camden wants the public to be knowledgeable about fair housing and related practices by defining fair housing, stating what it protects and describing why it's important.
Dozens of legislators filed into the large meeting room at the Blatt Building, greeted by Camden Mayor Tony Scully, members of Camden City Council and city staff Thursday morning. It was City of Camden Day at the S.C. State House, the first ever for Kershaw County's principal municipality.
It's not often that one city government agency bestows an award on an employee of another in the same city. That's what happened at Camden City Council's April 9 regular meeting when the Camden Fire Department (CFD) paid tribute to Camden Police Department (CPD) Patrolman J.R. Scott.
Consider: for 65 years, Grover Gaskin's Lion's roar has run strong, loud and proud. Born in 1918, Lions Club International's first anniversary, he is only one year younger than the world's largest service organization.
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.
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."
Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.