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17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the first time. For many reasons I've explained in the past, Wednesday, July 5, 2000, was my Independence Day.

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - July 7, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City hears economic development presentations

During Camden City Council's June 27 work session, members heard two presentations regarding economic development. The first focused on Camden's Main Street SC program, with Beppie LeGrand, manager of the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) Main Street program, and Eric Budds, MASC's executive vice president. They presented initial suggestions based on work done so far by Camden Main Street SC Manager Kat Spadacenta.

July 04, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The positivity factor

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'" -- Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, in "Network" (1976).

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City honors Julie Lee

Tuesday was Julie Lee Day in Camden.

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Crime Report - June 30, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Couple charged with unlawful neglect of 7-month-old

The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested a Cassatt couple Friday and charged each with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. According to a SLED press release, Elizabeth Jade Napper, 22, and Jonathan Daniel Smith, 32, both of Marshall Road, Cassatt, face up to 10 years in prison, fine set at the discretion of the court, or both.

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


City to honor retiring secretary

Camden City Council will lead the city in recognizing Julie W. Lee tonight on her retirement as administrative secretary with 34 years of service. Lee began serving the city in this capacity in 1983, having worked for a number of city managers and many iterations of council.

June 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


A possible end to gerrymandering?

Two special elections grabbed headlines this week. There was the U.S. House District 5 special election here in South Carolina, the outcome of which will be reported Tuesday. Nationally, a special election for Georgia's U.S. District 6 seat garnered far more interest. Republicans prevailed, but by far smaller margins than anyone thought possible.

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Jury awards $225,000 to county couple in DSS case

A Kershaw County jury awarded a total of $225,000 to an east Camden couple on June 15 following a four-day trial involving allegations the S.C. Department of Social Services' (DSS) Kershaw County office kept a 66-year-old man in a skilled nursing facility against his and his wife's wishes.

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests two Camden ‘Bloods’ gang members

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two members of the "Bloods" gang from Camden after observing suspicious activity at the Camden West Inn on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff on the night of June 16.

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School board to take action on survey responses

Tuesday night, members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees wrapped up their summaries of a recent district-wide all-employee survey. The survey covered a wide range of topics, from how employees feel about their jobs and supervisors to how they perceive trustees and their work.

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - June 23, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD)

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


DUI suspect pleads guilty to illegal re-entry

On Feb. 25, a county traffic enforcement officer arrested a man for DUI that Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said was an illegal immigrant who had been deported three times prior to his arrest. Monday, that man -- Ramon Orlando Alvarenga-Rodriguez, 34, of Honduras -- pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry in federal court.

June 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School board meets tonight

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will meet tonight beginning at 6 p.m. in the board room at the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) offices, 2029 West DeKalb St., Camden.

June 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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Man charged with felony DUI in fatal crash

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) arrested and charged a 37-year-old North Carolina man with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting great ...

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


Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Welcome Table’ project coming to Camden

Before he passed away in March 2015, the late John Rainey was still working on his dream of racial reconciliation in South Carolina with a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Crime Report - July 21, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

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


Columbia teen drowns in Lake Wateree

A 15-year-old Columbia boy drowned in Lake Watere on Thursday afternoon.

July 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Late Jimmie Green served on county, city councils

James Davis "Jimmie" Green who served on Kershaw County Council for one term starting in 1969 and then on Camden City Council from 1992 to ...

July 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


New schools to cost $5 million less to build

It will cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) $5 million less to build replacements for Camden, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools than originally estimated ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - July 14, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

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


New management to upgrade, reopen Camden Burger King

A Charlotte, N.C.-based Burger King franchise will spend between $350,000 and $450,000 to completely upgrade the fast-food company's currently closed ...

July 11, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Board to review ‘guaranteed maximum price’ for new schools

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will gather tonight for its only regular meeting of July. On the agenda will be consideration of a ...

July 11, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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