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City council may extend manager’s contract

Camden City Council will meet in executive session near the end of its meeting tonight in order to discuss a personnel matter. Immediately thereafter, in open session, council will consider a resolution authorizing Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford to executive an employment agreement between the city and City Manager Mel Pearson.

July 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Third annual Kids’ Fourth of July Parade

The third annual Kids' Fourth of July Parade in Camden took place Saturday, doubling as a celebration of Kershaw County being named a 2018 All-America City community. The county's All-America City delegation served as grand marshals, leading the parade of Independence Day-themed bicycles, scooters, strollers and wagons. Festivities began in front of Camden City Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic music from a fife and drum corps, and more, including balloons, bubbles, face painting and the Kershaw County Library Bookmobile. Also, the Camden Fire Department showed off of its restored 1920 fire truck -- the first motorized fire truck ...

July 03, 2018 | | Camden


Council approves River Oaks annexation, incentive package

With no discussion whatsoever during its June 26 meeting, Camden City Council unanimously -- minus Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, who was attending a mayor's conference out of state -- approved first reading of ordinances annexing the River Oaks Shopping Center and offering an incentive package to Bright-Meyers 2001 LCC of Georgia to redevelop the commercial property. The votes came after an approximately 25-minute long executive session to discuss the matters.

July 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden to consider annexing Kmart shopping center

Many people are surprised when they learn that the River Oaks Shopping Center, which used to house Kmart on West DeKalb Street, is not in the city limits of Camden. That may stop being a problem as early as tonight as Camden City Council considers first reading of an ordinance annexing the property and assigning it an interim zoning classification of Commercial Mixed Use, or CMU, during its meeting tonight.

June 26, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Lackey honored with legacy bench

Not quite a week after he had lauded his friend and fellow American Legion member, Perry McCoy, during a city of Camden Leaders Legacy bench dedication, Richard "Dick" Lackey returned to Monument Square on June 14 to receive the same honor.

June 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


First-ever pickleball tournament deemed success

More than 100 people officially registered to participate in Camden's first ever pickleball tournament, held June 9 and 10 at the Tennis Center of Camden and Pickleball Plaza. The "United We Stand" Pickleball Tournament served as a fundraiser for the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC), raising $7,000 from entry fees, which will be used to support its hunger program.

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘He’s the real McCoy’

A large crowd of family, friends and admirers gathered the morning of June 8 in Monument Square to honor long-time Camden citizen Perry McCoy with a Leadership Legacy Bench.

June 15, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Camden


Mayor touts Elder Abuse Month at council meeting

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford took some time near the end of Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting to speak on a subject that wasn't able to make it on to the official agenda.

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Feature photo: Pickleball tournament

Three of the 104 players who registered for the "United We Serve" Pickleball Tournament at the Tennis Center of Camden and Pickleball Plaza play an early round match on Saturday. Although the center, which opened in February, hosted two pickleball clinics, Saturday and Sunday's tournament was the first pickleball tournament to be held in Camden. The event served as a fundraiser for the United Way of Kershaw County. According to tournament organizers, two people more than 80 years old participated in the tournament, including a 92-year-old man. While the event drew mostly people age 50 and over, a number ...

June 12, 2018 | | Camden


City council meets today

Camden City Council will meet today at 6 p.m.; there will be no afternoon work session.

June 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Potential new subdivision coming to Black River Road

A new residential subdivision may be coming to Black River Road, nearly opposite the entrance to Haier Boulevard.

May 29, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Boy Scout project to be unveiled at Historic Camden

On Saturday at 11 a.m., John Slaughter, the Superintendent of the National Park Service, Southern Campaigns parks and monuments, will be at Historic Camden for the unveiling of a Boy Scout Eagle project. A public unveiling will be held of the refurbished carriage for an original British six pounder cannon barrel with its new wheels. Eagle Scout Jonathan Gullard will unveil the work he did towards refurbishing the cannon carriage.

May 25, 2018 | | Camden


Feature photo: Preservation awards

During Camden City Council's May 8 meeting, the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) presented its 2018 Historic Preservation Awards. Here, the awardees pose with council and CHLC members including (front row, from left), Roy Fakoury and Elizabeth Triplett, renovation of a downtown historic commercial building; JarVor Williams, project manager, restoration of the Amtrak Depot; Amy Eudy, city staff, Agnes Corbett Preservation Service Award for her dedication to the CHLC since 2015; William "Rusty" Major, CHLC chair; Jack Brantley, Community Impact Award for bequeathing his home, Aberdeen, and collections to the city of Camden; Barbara Willens, renovation of a designated ...

May 25, 2018 | | Camden


Sprucing up the place

As he walked around the Zemp Stadium playing field prior to his team's football game with Camden in 2013, then-Lower Richland head football coach Darryl Page looked at the cinder block walls which encased the concrete stands on one side of the field while a newer steel and metal grandstand reflected the sun's rays across the way.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Feature Photo: Police Week

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford (front, center) is all smiles as she presents a proclamation to the Camden Police Department (CPD) declaring this week, May 13-10, as National Police Week in Camden. The proclamation also recognizes today, May 15, as Police Memorial Day, Accepting the award are (from left) CPD officers Carl Smith and Karen DeVors, CPD Chief Joe Floyd and CPD Lt. Penny Lloyd. Looking on are (back row, from left) Camden City Council members Deborah Davis, Stephen Smoak and Joanna Craig. Floyd said 360 names of officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the ...

May 15, 2018 | | Camden


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