The national nonprofit KaBoom! recently recognized the city of Camden as a 2013 "Playful City USA" community for the third year in a row. More than 200 other cities in the U.S. received the recognition for actively providing youth opportunities for play.
Following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, local emergency officials, including those in Camden, met to discuss the need for security right here at home. Camden Fire Department Chief John Bowers briefed Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session about keeping the public safe in Camden.
The Camden Archives and Museum received an Award of Achievement at the S.C. Federal of Museums' (SCFM) annual meeting, held in March in Greenwood. The award recognized the "excellent utilization of resources and professionalism" for the archives' "Camden's Baseball Hall of Famer: Larry Doby" exhibit and associated programming. The exhibit ran from July 2 to Dec. 31, 2012, in the Whitely Room and drew much praise from those who viewed it.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, parts of the east coast were devastated. Many people were left without power. States required assistance in order to restore electrical services to affected areas. The City of Camden was one municipality that sent crews to Pennsylvania and New York to provide much needed aid. The City Electric Department sent Jerry Marthers, Duane Dykes, William Peake, Matthew Grigsby, Jeremy Bowers, William Van Hoose and Jason Burr to help restore power.
Residents of and visitors to Camden who want to eat in an outdoor setting may get more of a chance to do so if Camden City Council passes an ordinance creating a new chapter to the city's code of ordinances. First reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday night.
Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proclaims April as Fair Housing Month. The purpose of this designation is to celebrate the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. During this month HUD reaches out to the public with the message that "every person has the right to equal choices in housing." In the same way, the city of Camden wants the public to be knowledgeable about fair housing and related practices by defining fair housing, stating what it protects and describing why it's important.
Dozens of legislators filed into the large meeting room at the Blatt Building, greeted by Camden Mayor Tony Scully, members of Camden City Council and city staff Thursday morning. It was City of Camden Day at the S.C. State House, the first ever for Kershaw County's principal municipality.
It's not often that one city government agency bestows an award on an employee of another in the same city. That's what happened at Camden City Council's April 9 regular meeting when the Camden Fire Department (CFD) paid tribute to Camden Police Department (CPD) Patrolman J.R. Scott.
Consider: for 65 years, Grover Gaskin's Lion's roar has run strong, loud and proud. Born in 1918, Lions Club International's first anniversary, he is only one year younger than the world's largest service organization.
Blue skies and more spring-like temperatures than recently greeted an overflow crowd Friday afternoon at the Camden Archives and Museum to witness the unveiling of life-size statues of Camden natives Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby. Estimates placed those attending at more than 200, with many standing after that number of seats filled up under a large tent near the edge of Broad Street.