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KershawHealth core measures hit 100 percent again

In July, KershawHealth reported scoring 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row. Monday, KershawHealth Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom reported four of those core measures struck the 100 percent again for at least six months, ending in September. Holmstrom, chair of the board's quality committee, reported one core measure hit 100 percent for the ninth straight month.

November 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden council approves $4 million bond on first reading

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.

November 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Thomley drops lawsuit against sheriff

Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. David Thomley is dropping his lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley lost the Republican nomination to Matthews in 2010, who went on to be elected sheriff in that year's general election. Thomley lost again to Matthews this July when the sheriff beat him in the Republican primary and there were no Democratic contenders.

November 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Jackson Teen Center officially opens doors

Stories like this normally open with a phrase about a dream -- its becoming real, the "culmination of" or, even, "something like a." But, the official opening of the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) has more to do with the keeping of a promise.

November 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Musings from election night 2014

Being a journalist on election night can be exhilarating, exhausting, confusing, confounding or some combination of all.

November 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City could save money with power contract, bond reissue

Camden City Council will consider two items during its meeting Tuesday night that could save the city money.

November 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board to continue discussion on strategic partnership proposals

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet again tonight, and will again use most of an executive session to discuss strategic partnership proposals by two for-profit companies.

November 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Graham, Davis win Camden City Council seats

Jeffrey Graham, the former mayor of Camden who lost a reelection bid two years ago, will rejoin Camden City Council in December, this time as a councilman. Deborah Davis, currently chair of the Camden Parks and Trees Commission, will take a seat on council for the first time.

November 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


KH board could choose strategic partner Monday

About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.

November 05, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


A mysterious season, revisited

(With focus on this year's election coverage, I'm giving myself a break from this week's column. However, here's a somewhat Halloween-related column from 2010 I hope you'll enjoy again.)

November 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Proposed bond would help build convention center, renovate Rhame Arena

If approved by Camden City Council in November, up to $4 million in bonds will be used to help finance the renovation of Camden's Rhame Arena and create a convention center at the Central Carolina Technical (CCTC) campus near I-20 Exit 98. City Manager Mel Pearson revealed the bond issue's purpose as part of a public hearing held during council Oct. 28 meeting.

November 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth estimates $3.5 million loss for FY 2014

During the open portion of an Oct. 27 meeting which included an executive session presentation from a possible strategic partner, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees learned it lost approximately $3.5 million during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30; the unaudited $3.5 million figure was revealed in a look at September's financial statement. The board met at its Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.

November 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Election 2014 Voter's Guide - UPDATED

(Due to the Chronicle-Independent's error, the party affiliations for Kershaw County Probate Judge candidates Debbie Branham and David Reuwer were reversed in the print and original online versions of this story. The online story has been edited to correctly show that Branham is a Republican and Reuwer a Democrat. Furthermore, this story has been updated with new information noting that Reuwer has previously run for office in Sumter County. The C-I apologizes for and regrets the error.)

November 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Election 2014: Three vie for two Camden City Council seats

A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.

October 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


FAC responds to censorship claims

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is responding to claims of censorship after the owner of a Columbia art gallery issued a press release following the opening of an exhibit in Camden.

October 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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Camden celebrates completion of wastewater treatment plant

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.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Van Horn Agency continues Kennedy Insurance’s 150-year legacy

As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Playing games teaches good choices

Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Council votes on power contract, bond reissue

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.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden honors ‘Dr. Mac’ with Legacy bench

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.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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