Having had the road to the National Steeplechase Association end here, Camden will now serve as the jump-off point for the nation's best jump horses. That decision did not come without compromise, however.
At least eight more -- and possibly 10 -- blighted homes could be demolished in the coming weeks in Camden. Tuesday evening, Camden City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the city to advance $100,000 to the Santee-Lynches Regional Development Corporation (S-LRDC). That money will help the S-LRDC -- an arm of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (COG) -- close on the final phase of blighted homes identified as part of Camden's participation in the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on the city's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget during its meeting at 6 p.m. today. If approved, the proposed nearly $44.38 million budget would go into effect July 1.
Fifty or so people showed up to a cleared section of land between south Campbell and Gordon streets to officially break ground on the city of Camden's new tennis complex Tuesday afternoon. The 4 p.m. ceremony featured Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, other members of city council, city staff, architects, contractors and others using golden-colored shovels to break up a mound of dirt at the 12-acre site north of York Street.
The tenth annual Clinic Classic will take place Saturday, April 29. This event promotes physical activity for both youth and adults, as well as benefits for Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. This USTAF certified course winds through Camden's Historic district. It begins and ends at the clinic located at 110-C East DeKalb Street, behind the United Way.
The city of Camden will celebrate the week of April 3-9 as 2017 Boykin Spaniel Week to bring attention to South Carolina's official state dog. Several events will take place, including "The Great Camden Boykin Spaniel Puppy Hunt."
Camden's dream of having a tennis complex for both casual play and tournaments will take another step forward at 4 p.m. today when Camden City Council hosts a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the corner of York and Campbell streets where the city owns six existing courts. The city took possession of the courts in 2016 from the Kershaw County School District by swapping it for the city-owned American Legion baseball fields on Ehrenclou Drive.