Plans for Rhame Arena's renovation are firming up, and will include a shift of the main entrance from the north side to the east side of the more than 50-year-old building. Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther presented the changes to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Tuesday afternoon.
529 East DeKalb St. has stood vacant for many years, since Hazelwood Cleaners moved out approximately a decade ago. Four years ago, the city of Camden's building official and fire inspector determined the structure -- which was also once Camden's first movie theater -- "an immediate hazard" due to the then-potential collapse of its 35-foot-plus walls because of a failing roof.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager Deborah Davis and former Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham took their oaths of office as members of Camden City Council during a brief ceremony at Camden City Hall on Monday evening. Current Mayor Tony Scully delivered the oath of office to Davis, while Municipal Judge Rick Todd administered the oath to Graham.
The city of Camden could become part of a new program to fund the removal and redevelopment of blighted residential properties. Kyle Kelly, director of economic and community sustainability for the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (COG), spoke to Camden City Council about the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) during its Nov. 25 meeting.
Many well-wishers attended Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday night -- the last for outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk. Both men chose not to run for reelection earlier this year. Council members-elect Deborah Davis and Jeffrey Graham are scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday; they will attend their first meeting Dec. 9.
Camden City Council will recognize outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk as they attend their last meeting Tuesday night. Long and Polk chose not to run for reelection. Voters elected former mayor Jeffrey Graham and Deborah Davis as Long and Polk's replacements. They are tentatively scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and will take their seats on council at its Dec. 9 meeting.
About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.
In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.
A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.
The city of Camden, Camden Parks and Trees Commission and Camden Tree Foundation celebrated Arbor Day on Nov. 7 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. The event honored Geraldine "Gerry" McBryde, a Kirkover Hills resident who many say is responsible for beautifying that subdivision by planting flowers, plants and trees in the area.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve first reading of an ordinance that would authorize the issuance of an up to $4 million bond to pay for renovations at Rhame Arena and pitch in to the construction of a community building at Central Carolina Technical College's proposed expanded campus.