The city of Camden is recognizing April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by encouraging all Camden residents to be careful and mindful of others while they're on the road. City officials read a proclamation during Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday.
Beppie LeGrand, manager of Main Street SC, will speak before Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session. Council members will also receive a copy of a Main Street SC application for the city to complete should it choose to reenter the program. Camden participated in the Main Street program -- a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) and accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center -- in the mid-1990s.
The Social Security Administration permanently closed the doors on its Camden office inside 1111 Broad St. on Friday, March 7. There appeared to be little notice to the public with clients contacting the media asking what had happened and others showing up at its second floor offices trying to get in.
Most of our lives contain some memorable moments that last a lifetime. A group of former Camden High School (CHS) students had such a moment 50 years ago when the CHS marching band was named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Trumpeter Jerry Sheheen said being in the band in the early to mid-1960s was made special by band director and teacher Bill Basden.
Four Camden Police Department (CPD) officers received honors recently for their work in the field and with the community. They include two 2013 Officers of the Year, one named by the CPD itself, the other by the American Legion; the 2013 recipient of the CPD's Wilson Clyburn award; and recognition of another officer for being among the nominees for the S.C. Law Enforcement Network's (SCLEN) 2013 Officer of the Year award.
March 14, 2014|
Martin L. Cahn and Gary Phillips
C-I news staff
SAFE Federal Credit Union recently recognized Dee Dee Cannon, of the credit union's Rutledge Street branch in Camden, as its Teller of the Year. SAFE honored Cannon during its annual Staff Training and Recognition Day in February. During the ceremony, the credit union recognizes "the best of the best" in different job categories, along with awards for sales, volunteerism, service, and leadership.
Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips recently received a 2013-2014 community service award from Central High School in Pageland. Phillips received the award for supporting Central Eagles athletics while serving as editor of The (Pageland) Progressive Journal. Although Phillips did not attend the event, Central officials announced the award during its Fall Athletic Awards night at the school Feb. 18.
Work is continuing on an African-American tour and brochure for Camden. Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson will report to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon about progress on the project. Richardson is one of three members of a recently formed African-American History Committee composed of Clifton W. Anderson and Dr. Ernestyne Adams.
Camden historians say African-Americans contributed to the history of America even before there was an America. In connection with Black History Month, Historic Camden is offering a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday showcasing the role African-Americans, one in particular, played in the Revolution. All ages are welcome, but Historic Camden Administrative Assistant Carol Sheridan said the program is primarily aimed at children ages 6 through 12.