The grass was green, the music was kickin'. The food and drink were tasty, and the children were happy ... and so were the parents. The maiden voyage of Camden's Town Green Saturday peaked, by some estimates, at a crowd of 700, many of them families whose children danced and sang and clapped in front of the stage as musical acts performed.
They came to talk about the city of Camden's proposed $37.922 million budget. They came to talk about a proposal to build a new recreation center on the former site of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. They came to talk about statues and sewers, too.
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing at the beginning of its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Council received a "budget-in-brief" presentation from city administrators during a work session Thursday.
City of Camden electric, water and sewer rates will be going up again come July 1.
The posters were printed, the announcements made, but a Lexington-based barbecue restaurant will not be a part of the upcoming Meet Me at The Town Green concert.
Monday, March 28, consisted of a long afternoon for members of Camden City Council, City Manager Kevin Bronson and other city department heads as they spent five hours reviewing the city's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget.
Imagine a day when you can "invite" yourself to join a conversation between two of Camden's most notable historic figures by sitting on a bench outside the Camden Archives and Museum. You would be facing baseball legend Larry Doby, standing up to sign a baseball for Bernard Baruch, who was primarily responsible for funding what would later become KershawHealth. Baruch would be sitting on a bench opposite you, reading a book.
The city of Camden should become the new owners of 8.9 acres of the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property no later than the end of May. Camden City Council -- with Mayor Jeffrey Graham recusing himself and Councilman Pat Partin absent -- voted 3-0 Tuesday morning on second and final reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase.
Citizens are invited to share their opinions with the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on the proposed Broad Street "road diet" project for downtown Camden.
Starting today, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies are no longer serving Kershaw County Probate Court orders of detention for mental health evaluations and commitments within the municipal limits of Camden, Elgin and Bethune. While deputies will continue to handle mental health probate court orders, the change leaves those municipalities' police departments to handle such matters within their jurisdictions.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself -- where were you born? Where did you go to school and how did you get the job (originally) as Camden Downtown Manager?
Charles King, owner of Atlas Gym, said he was "disheartened" after reading of the city's possible plans for a portion of the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.
The city of Camden has received a $7,190 grant from Heritage Preservation to conduct a conservation assessment.
Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham was recently elected as one of three new members to the Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina board of directors. Elected with Graham were Melanie Cox, vice president of information services and technology at Tire Centers LLC, and Jim Dyeling, president of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
"Hallelujah!" Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford shouted Thursday afternoon.
On Saturday, March 22, the Camden Coin club will hold its annual Spring Coin Show at the Camden Recreation Department on Hwy. #1 South in Camden.
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