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City looking to purchase York Street property

Camden City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance tonight that would authorize City Manager Mel Pearson to move forward with the purchase of 718 York St. by the city.

November 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Election 2017 a better reflection

There were no votes to be cast Tuesday here in Kershaw County, S.C. Nonetheless, looking at the outcome of Election 2017 across the country affords everyone -- including those of us here at home -- a chance to gauge the direction America is taking.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A step of ‘Distinction’

By a mere two-point advantage for a perfect score of 180, the Brothers and Sisters of Distinction (BSD) step team from Columbia became the new holder of the recently rechristened 2017 Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford Cup on Nov. 4.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Sweet Gum Trail is open to public

Tall Longleaf pines stood silent guard as the first official hikers took to the Sweet Gum Trail in Camden on Tuesday afternoon. About 50 people participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the 2/3-mile trail that now connects Scott and Woodward parks.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


District concerned about impact from TERI sunset

The end of the S.C. Teacher and Employee Retention Incentive (TERI) program, set for June 30, 2018, has the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) concerned it will be harder to keep experienced teachers in classrooms. Speaking to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday night, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said TERI's end could limit at least some still-working retirees' annual income to $10,000.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


ATEC GMP $417,000 lower than referenda estimate

On Thursday, HG Reynolds Construction Co. of Aiken set a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of just under $30.302 million to construct the new Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) on the joint Central Carolina Technical College/Kershaw County Economic Development campus off U.S. 521 at I-20 Exit 98.

November 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Revolutionary War Field Days

Parts of the American Revolution came to life once again at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on Saturday and Sunday as the site presented its annual two-day Revolutionary War Field Days event.

November 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The Little Red-Haired Girl lives in Boston

She didn't know before I wrote this, but there's a woman in Boston who I've long thought of as my Little Red-Haired Girl. (My mother nicknamed me Charlie Brown for a while, so...)

November 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Kershaw County JRT is S.C. Site of the Year

Ten years ago, Roberta Langley-Mayes and her husband, Brian Mayes, began putting on step shows in Camden as part of their outreach ministry to help young people. Langley-Mayes still coaches the current incarnation of the local step team, the Kershaw County Diamonds. Together, through the step program and other aspects of their ministry, they did their best to lead the community to be "a better gang than the gangs," after the gang-related shooting death of a Camden High School student.

November 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


KCSD bullying case might impact SRO discussion

A civil complaint filed against the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) by the parent of an allegedly bullied student might have an impact on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' discussions about school resource officers (SROs) with Kershaw County Council. The parties in the case are required to enter an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process by March 16, 2018. Meanwhile, other aspects of the case can move forward.

October 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Auto break-in suspect gets probation after guilty pleas

One of three young men arrested in March for multiple motor vehicle break-ins in and around Camden pleaded guilty Oct. 12. According to online court records, Jonathan William Ray, 22, of Mount Hebron Road, Cassatt, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of larceny/motor vehicle break-in. A circuit court judge sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to time served and four years probation. The judge also ordered Ray to obtain his GED and to undergo both substance abuse counseling and random drug and alcohol tests.

October 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City celebrates Public Power Week

Camden City Council proclaimed Oct. 22-28 as Public Power Week in the city during its Oct. 24 meeting.

October 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Sorry, but taxes are necessary

Life, death, taxes. You know the saying. Taxes are nearly as old as civilization, with historians pointing back to ancient Egypt between 3000 and 2800 BC in the form of either forced labor or tithes. The Persian Empire had a taxation system back around 500 BC. European governments have collected taxes since at least the 17th century, many of which are still in use today.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lugoff Elementary celebrates 50th anniversary

As construction crews worked immediately next door on a new facility, the students, faculty and staff of Lugoff Elementary School (LES) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday morning.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


2-year-old dies in Cassatt collision

A 2-year-old Cassatt girl died Monday night from injuries sustained in a two-car collision a little after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


That for which I’m thankful

(Due to our Thanksgiving deadlines, today's column was actually written Wednesday. The online version has been modified to reflect that, unfortunately, some plans -- even ...

November 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Sullivan’s Balloons

Nearly 200 people gathered at the Kershaw County Recreation West Complex on Wednesday to celebrate the 18th birthday of a boy killed 12 ½ years ago ...

November 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Lugoff-Elgin


Bethune fund gives hope to those in need

Bethune is proving that small towns can do big things.

November 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Nov. 21, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD)

November 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


National adoption month

November is National Adoption Month and Thursday was National Adoption Day. Both celebrate the loving option of adoption, spreading awareness of thousands of children in ...

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CMS’ Lyles awarded for being ‘fearless, kind’

A Camden Middle School (CMS) 8th Grade student is receiving a special national award for being "fearless and kind" in finding ways to unify the ...

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Scott Park trail to be paved

The city's next trail-related project will be to pave the walking trail at Scott Park.

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Another car break-in suspect pleads guilty

Ethan Kane Hanselman, 19, of Broad Street, Camden, pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking into motor vehicles and one count each of unlawful carrying ...

November 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin man no longer faces murder charge

Kenneth Cordell Rainer, 42, of Elgin, no longer has a murder charge against him. According to online court records, the Kershaw County Grand Jury declined ...

November 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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