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Finding the balance (Part II)

Few people attending a two-day charrette on a proposed "road diet" for Broad Street between York and DeKalb streets like the way Camden's main street looks today. More people participating in the series of meetings chose a recent photograph of Broad Street -- four lanes of black pavement with little landscaping features -- as the third-most unappealing photograph out of a series of approximately 30 streetscapes.

November 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Doggone trouble

When Ward Ratz lost his job at Swisher Hygiene nearly two years ago, he was left with no source of income, no retirement and no pension.

November 16, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Camden


Orders accepted for Price House pecans

Like jingle bells, the Price House Commission's annual pecan sale signals the approach of the holiday season.

November 16, 2011 | | Camden


Finding the balance

Some 40 people crowded into one of Newman Furniture's former downtown homes Monday night to hear first-hand -- and respond to -- some of the ideas for putting a section of Broad Street on a "road diet." First proposed within Duany Plater-Zyberk's (DPZ) 2008 vision plan for Camden, the basic idea is to calm traffic on Broad Street between DeKalb and York streets by narrowing the U.S. highway from four lanes to two and, possibly, introduce angled parking. A summary meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night in the same location at 6 p.m.

November 16, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rec complex opponents ask for referendum

Camden City Council must now decide if it will place a referendum on city ballots asking if residents want the city of Camden to proceed with plans to construct a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run sports complex.

November 11, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City to officially consider annexing school district office

Camden City Council will officially consider Tuesday annexing the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) new offices on West DeKalb Street. Council accepted the district's petition in mid-October, sending it on to the Camden Planning Commission for review. The commission did so at its Oct. 26 meeting, returning it to council for formal consideration.

November 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Deadline Nov. 17 for TIF court challenge

On Oct. 25, Camden City Council, 4-1, passed second reading and final adoption of an ordinance designating a redevelopment project area tied to the creation of a tax incremental financing (TIF) district. The district, a 127-acre area along West DeKalb Street, will now be targeted for redevelopment by the city in the hopes of spurring private investors to do the same. An "anchor" of the TIF district is the proposed construction of a sports complex that may be managed by the YMCA of Columbia.

November 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Broad St. 'road diet' meetings Nov. 14-15

The city of Camden, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will conduct a planning charrette Nov. 14-15 to kick off the Broad Street "road diet" project. All charrette activities will be held at 1034 Broad St.

November 04, 2011 | | Camden


Taking root

Clear blue skies and only slightly chilly breezes greeted visitors to Camden's Town Green at noon Thursday for a tree dedication ceremony. The ceremony also served as a thank-you to those who donated trees to the Green.

November 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


'Little House' dedicated on Price House grounds

The "Little House," a nearly 200-year-old home thought to have been built by Bonds Conway, the first black man on record to have purchased his own freedom in Kershaw County, received a special dedication Tuesday recognizing the site's historic restoration and cultural value to the community.

November 02, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Camden


Camden TIF district created on 4-1 vote

On another 4-1 split vote, with Councilman X. Willard Polk opposing, Camden City Council voted Tuesday morning to pass second and final reading of an ordinance creating a redevelopment project area.

October 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Final TIF district reading Tuesday

Camden City Council will consider second and final reading Tuesday morning of an ordinance establishing a redevelopment project area tied to the creation of a tax incremental financing (TIF) district in the city of Camden.

October 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Halloween

Get your Halloween thrills and chills at the SAFE Scream on the Green, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Camden's Town Green.

October 24, 2011 | | Camden


Back to basics

If you suddenly lost electric and gas power, could you cook? A group that gathered at the Camden Archives and Museum recently for an open fire cooking demo could. A demonstration led by Katherine Richardson, newest staff member at the archives, netted roasted chicken, venison burgers, steamed root vegetables, corn fritters and an apple pie by the hands of Deborah Watts and Mel Welch. The visiting, open fire chefs from the Sumter County Museum delighted the gathered crowd of more than 50 spectators with their clothing, preparation and tastings. School children made butter in an old-fashioned crock churn. They made ...

October 21, 2011 | | Camden


Wind gusts cause Camden power outage

For most people, the news came when the lights went out during a bout of high winds Wednesday night. A few minutes later, Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham posted the following information on his Facebook page:

October 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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SCHSL to hear Camden, Dreher appeals Thursday

A team which will include Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD attorneys, Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews and CHS head football coach and athletic director Jimmy Neal will appeal the Bulldogs football team's post-season ban before the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) Executive Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday in Columbia.

October 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


FAC responds to censorship claims

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is responding to claims of censorship after the owner of a Columbia art gallery issued a press release following the opening of an exhibit in Camden.

October 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSD, CHS to appeal SCHSL ‘brawl’ ruling

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Camden High School will appeal the S.C. High School League's (SCHSL) decision concerning the incident that followed the Camden High-Dreher High football game on Oct. 17.

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


City council to hold public hearing on $4 million bond

Camden City Council will use part of its meeting Tuesday evening to hold a public hearing to gather public input on an ordinance it is considering that would allow the city to issue a no more than $4 million bond. A copy of Tuesday's agenda did not state the purpose would be for the $4 million. City Manager Mel Pearson was unavailable to answer questions by deadline Friday.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Celebrating Mexican independence

Camden Mayor Tony Scully (right) and ALPHA Center Hispanic/Latino Program Coordinator Carlos Harris (left) meet with Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico for North and South Carolina, during a celebration of the 204th anniversary of Mexican independence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 15. Scully said Mexicans now comprise 9 percent of North Carolina's population and are its second largest trading partner, generating $25 million per day. "Hispanics in South Carolina are 5.3 percent of the population, almost half a million people," Scully said, "with a growth rate of 154 ...

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


No playoffs for Camden as result of brawl

Camden High School (CHS) has been ruled ineligible to compete in this year's AAA state football playoffs after the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) completed its investigation of the post-game incident involving the Bulldogs and Dreher High School last Friday night at Zemp Stadium following a 39-30 Camden victory.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


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