The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Councilmember Alfred Mae Drakeford for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama's comprehensive Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
Howard Branham stood in front of an exhibit cabinet in the museum wing of the Camden Archives and Museum Friday morning as about 40 people stopped by to wish him well on his retirement. They included fellow members of city staff, members of the Friends of the Archives and Museum and members of the Camden Archives and Museum Commission.
Aside from moving forward with its search for a replacement for outgoing City Manager Kevin Bronson, Camden City Council focused on finances and whether or not to create a board of architectural review during its work session Dec. 11. The 2012 fiscal year ended nearly six months ago on June 30.
The city of Camden held a public drop-in meeting for citizens input on proposed enhancements for key entryways. Areas that are being considered for improvements include entrances located on West DeKalb Street (U.S. 1) and the north and south ends of Broad Street U.S. 521. There are also plans to further develop the South Rutledge Street parking lot (behind Broad Street, south of Rutledge Street) and the Commerce Alley parking lot (west of Broad Street, north of Rutledge Street).
Howard Branham is retiring today as director of the Camden Archives and Museum. Branham began working at the archives in March 1998 and became its director in 2008 following the death of the previous director, Agnes Corbett.
Camden City Council voted Tuesday to table first reading of an ordinance that would reaffirm and amend a procurement policy written into the city's employee handbook. Tuesday night's vote is the latest chapter in a nearly two-year-old struggle over the policy.
Midlands residents watching Steven Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln, may not know that there is a Camden connection to the 16th President of the United States. The fact that his brother-in-law, Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd, is buried in Camden's Quaker Cemetery is likely nothing new to long-time residents, however. With the debut of Spielberg's movie, recollections of the past have reemerged, and Todd is part of that past.
Newly elected Camden Mayor Tony Scully and Councilwoman Laurie Parks will be greeted at their first work session and regular meeting with thick agendas Tuesday. Council will not meet again until January.
The city of Camden will hold a drop-in public meeting Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to seek public input regarding corridor and gateway improvements. The public meeting will be held at Camden High School's Media Center, 1022 Ehrenclou Drive. The meeting will provide opportunity for interested individuals and groups to actively participate in the planning and design process.
Some drama, a "sermon" and a tearful good-bye highlighted Mayor Jeffrey Graham and Councilman Pat Partin's last Camden City Council meeting Tuesday night. Emotions ran high during both actual business and in the parting words Partin, leaving council after 12 years, and Graham, as outgoing mayor, spoke at meeting's end.
A new mayor a new councilwoman and a returning councilwoman took the oath of office Monday night at Camden City Hall, followed by refreshments in the adjoining bay of Camden Fire Station No. 1. A crowd of citizens, including many who had to stand against the side and back walls, witnessed the oaths.