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Splash pad facility mentioned in ‘Budget in Brief’

A splash pad facility may be built soon in Camden if Camden City Council passes its proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget, for which a public hearing will be held tonight during council's regular meeting. Although it is not specifically listed as a line item in a "Budget in Brief" attached to tonight's agenda, the city makes reference to the proposed splash pad facility in a note under the budget's Project Improvement Fund.

April 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Superintendent search, strategic plans on school board agenda

The results of a superintendent search survey and a review of district and school strategic plans are on the agenda for tonight's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting. The board normally meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Earlier this year, the board voted on a meeting calendar that included moving April's meetings to the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, primarily to deal with budgetary matters.

April 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Column: The man for whom I’m named

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

April 06, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Orphaned and homeless - Part 1 of 2

At the age of 14, an orphan listed in court documents as "J.M." lived on the streets of Elgin for about four months, sleeping in abandoned cars, sheds and even a burnt-out home. On March 16, a jury awarded J.M., now 17, $150,000 in a judgment against the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) concluding that the agency's negligent actions led to his ending up on the streets. The judgment came almost exactly two years after being filed in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court's office in March 2016.

April 06, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cup-related charges cut by more than half

The Camden Police Department (CPD) and its partner agencies issued summonses or arrested 43 people during March 31's 84th running of the Carolina Cup. That is a more than 50 percent drop from previous years, according to CPD Chief Joe Floyd.

April 06, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


JTC hosts opioid summit

In addition to her position as KershawHealth's chief medical officer, Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom continues to be a practicing physician in Lugoff. During an opioid summit hosted by the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) on March 26, Holmstrom said her viewpoint of the opioid crisis is that of a local doctor who has seen the effects of such drugs in Kershaw County since she began her practice in the mid-1990s.

April 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘My skin felt like it was burning off my body’

Janine Hagopian said that if opioid addiction were classified as a disease, it would be designated as a pandemic, with more deaths from overdoses in 2017 than soldiers who died in the entire Vietnam War.

April 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board gets first look at new budget

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan provided the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on March 27 its first look at a proposed 2018-19 budget that would go into effect on July 1.

April 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - April 3, 2018

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

April 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Column: A little numerology, please

Eighteen years ago Wednesday, I celebrated my 35th birthday. I had not yet joined the Chronicle-Independent, but had already been living in Kershaw County for several months.

March 30, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board meets tonight

In order to deal with certain budgetary issues for the next school year, the Kershaw County Board of Trustees moved its regular meeting from last Tuesday to tonight. It will combine its regular meeting with a meeting of its finance-facilities committee, which normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Regular board meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

March 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Homeowner, DOT settle on truck route right of way

According to attachments to tonight's Camden City Council agenda, a dispute over a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) right of way for Segment 3 of the Camden Truck Route project on York Street has been settled.

March 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SLED investigating deputy-involved shooting

The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating a shooting incident involving a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy that took place early Friday morning at a Lugoff-area business.

March 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A college football wish comes true

All Lance McCray's ever wanted was to join a college football team where his mother could come see him play.

March 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Daughtery pleads guilty, gets probation

The last of three men arrested a year ago for a string of motor vehicle break-ins in and around Camden pleaded guilty to charges against him on March 19.

March 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Column: Legislature needs to obey own law

On today's front page, I have an article looking back at the Kershaw County school board's April 10 meeting and a presentation on ...

April 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CPD looking for missing child

Two-year-old Dakota Day Ray, is considered to be a missing child even though she is thought to be with her parents. Dakota is considered missing ...

April 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSD budget tweaks come with criticism of lawmakers

As lawmakers in Columbia continue working on a proposed state budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, so, too, does the Kershaw County School District (KCSD ...

April 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


School board begins looking at five-year strategic plans

During its April 10 meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees began looking at a five-year strategic plan for the Kershaw County School District ...

April 17, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Superintendent search interviews to start May 7

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will begin interviewing candidates to replace retiring Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan on May ...

April 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Man charged for driving on Springdale track

The Camden Police Department (CPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) charged a Camden man with multiple offenses after he reportedly drove on a ...

April 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Orphaned and homeless - Part 2 of 2

Fourteen-year-old "J.M." ended up on the streets of Elgin for four months in 2015. In 2016, his attorneys, Deborah and Robert Butcher, filed a ...

April 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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