Camden Business Alliance (CBA) members learned more about a proposed Broad Street "road diet" and took the chance to ask questions and voice concerns during the organization's quarterly Breakfast Before Hours meeting Wednesday. The road diet would reduce Broad Street from two lanes in each direction (four total) to one (two total) between York and DeKalb streets, with redesigned intersections, mid-block crosswalks and other enhancements.
The Kiwanis Club of Camden celebrated 75 years of community service in May by participating in an international effort to help eliminate maternal and neo-natal tetanus (MNT). The club celebrated its birthday at its regular May meeting. Members enjoyed cake and listened to Stuart Robinson, a member of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division's bomb squad, talk about his experiences with everything from robots to the 2006 Elizabeth Shoaf kidnapping case.
The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the city of Camden through the Tourism Advertising Grant program. The grant is being used to advertise the newly opened Ross E. Beard Jr. Collection at the Camden Archives and Museum. Camden is one of only 57 applicants receiving such grant money this year.
Five preservation awards will be handed out by the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) during Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday. For 2013, the CHLC is presenting its Community Impact, Renovation to a Non-Designated Historical Property, Preservation Trade, Lucielle Hallman Heritage and John S. Lindsay Historic Landscape Preservation awards.
The city of Camden received a grant for $58,900 through the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will fund 95 percent of the purchase of a fire safety trailer. The trailer will help educate the community on how to prevent and extinguish household fires, specifically kitchen fires.
Ross Beard (far right) accepts a copy of a joint S.C. House and Senate proclamation Thursday from S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk (second from left) as Camden Mayor Tony Scully (far left) and Gen. John Greene, S.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve chair (center), look on. The three-page resolution -- something Funderburk said was unusual -- recognizes and honors Beard for his "devoted service to the Palmetto state and to express profound gratitude to him upon the opening of the Ross Beard Collection at the Camden Archives and Museum." Funderburk made the presentation during the military collection ...
The appearance Wednesday of a small traveling zoo in Camden provided some residents the chance to see, close up, certain animals they might only ever encounter on television or the Internet. Other residents, however, expressed dismay that such an exhibit was allowed to come to Camden much less exist at all.
The South Carolina State Transport Police (STP) held a ceremony on Friday, May 3 to recognize its top employees for 2012. LaShaune Smith, resident of Camden, was named State Transport Police 2012 Employee of the Year. Ms. Smith has been with STP for nine years. She serves as the CMV Statistician and Administrative Assistant to Captain J.D. Price.
Visitors won't be able to help but stop and stare at the giant rifle at the Camden Archives and Museum. At 6 feet long and 90 pounds heavy, the training rifle features an 8-inch bolt for .50 caliber armor piercing rounds. Fashioned at Pearl Harbor, the rifle's barrel is actually from the USS Arizona sunk during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, that catapulted the United States into World War II.
According to a study completed in 2012 by Harrah Analytics, INVISTA's Camden site supports more than 3,000 jobs and more than $145 million in compensation and benefits. The independent economic research firm found each INVISTA job generated, on average, about six other jobs in the state. Nationally, INVISTA's nearly 4,500 full and part-time employees in the United States indirectly resulted in an estimated 22,000 additional jobs and more than $1.3 billion in compensation and benefits.