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School board to continue discussing referenda language

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue its discussion on the actual language to be written into a proposed $138.8 million bond construction during its meeting tonight at Camden Elementary School (CES). Trustees will also discuss language to be used in a referendum to create a 1-cent sales tax to offset a 40-mil property tax increase to pay for the construction bond.

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


School board to look at referendum ballot language

Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will begin looking at and discussing the actual wording of a pair of referenda to be placed on the ballot for this year's general election. The first referendum will ask voters to approve a $138.8 million bond to cover the construction of replacement several schools, renovations of other schools and safety upgrades to all three high school stadiums. The second referendum will ask voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax to offset the property millage necessary to repay the $138.8 million bond.

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - April 19, 2016

Camden officers arrested a 37-year-old Mullins man with grand larceny on April 12 following a traffic stop by a Kershaw County deputy after reports of a utility trailer being stolen from Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) headquarters on West DeKalb Street.

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns, Carpenter lay out state of the county, future at chamber breakfast

"Kershaw County is open for business" is the mantra Kershaw County Councilman Julian Burns often uses to summarize his vision for bringing industries and other businesses to the area. Burns used it again as his theme, with assistance from County Administrator Vic Carpenter on Friday morning during a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Cahn: Revisiting the car ‘rules’ at CMS

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 -- It's about 7:30 a.m. and I'm driving my younger son to Camden Middle School (CMS). During the next 10 minutes, I am subjected to poor choices on the part of my fellow CMS parents when it comes to dropping off their kids at school.

April 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report Extra - April 15, 2016

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is reporting a number of incidents related to the April 2 running of the Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course.

April 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Volunteer Appreciation Week

Bill Fenton followed in his father's footsteps to become a volunteer firefighter. It's not an unusual story; there are many firefighting families, including ones with multiple generations of service. What makes Fenton's story unique is where he started and the path he took to serving with Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for 17 years.

April 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Bobby Gary takes office; KCC passes roadside fundraising ordinance

Robert "Bobby" Gary took his seat on Kershaw County Council representing District 1 residents for the second time in six years. District 1 voters first elected Gary to the seat in 2008 and voted him in again during a special election in late March.

April 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


School board gets preliminary 2016-17 budget

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees received a preliminary look at the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year during its April 5 meeting at Jackson Elementary School. The balanced $77.9 million budget reflects a 3.4 percent increase compared to the current 2015-16 budget.

April 12, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


City holding budget public hearing tonight

Camden City Council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting tonight on the city's proposed FY 2017 budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

April 12, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Second reading of Suominen FILOT on tap

Second reading of an ordinance authorizing a fee in lieu of taxes, or FILOT, agreement between Kershaw County and Suominen is on the agenda for this evening's Kershaw County Council meeting.

April 12, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 12, 2016

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy used a Taser to keep a 45-year-old Lugoff man from harming himself with a knife following a series of events on the evening of April 6.

April 12, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


New ambulances rolling in Kershaw County

Kershaw County emergency medical technicians Paul Taylor and Ethan Blackmon really like their new ambulance. Taylor, an advanced EMT originally from Elgin who returned to work in Kershaw County three years ago, and Blackmon, a part-time intermediate EMT who works full time for the Columbia Fire Department, have each served emergency medical teams for seven years.

April 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: The right taxes for the right reasons

On today's front page, I report on Tuesday's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting during which "alternatives" -- scenarios, really -- regarding the impact of this November's construction-related referenda.

April 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Sales tax would offset millage increase for referendum

If voters approve a $138.8 million bond-funded list of construction projects for the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) in November, property tax millage would increase by 40 mils unless voters also approve a 1-cent sales tax. That's why KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson is calling the first of four referendum funding alternatives -- or scenarios -- "ideal." Wilson told the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday having voters approve both the construction and sales tax referenda would be the best outcome.

April 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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Man survives tractor trailer fall into Wateree River

A 60-year-old Batesburg man managed to survive after his tractor-trailer crashed through a concrete barrier on the westbound I-20 bridge over the Wateree River and ...

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


County council debates local preference change

A proposed change to the local preference section of the county's procurement code led to a bit of debate among members of Kershaw County ...

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Man kidnaps family, forces ATM withdrawal

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is looking for the young man who abducted a 31-year-old woman and her 18- and 3-year-old sons from a Kendall ...

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - May 3, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to Hunters Lane near Camden late on the night of April 24 to a call of an ...

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: What ‘The Artist’ meant to me

Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Burns, McLean travel in hopes of bringing business to county

Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns recently returned from Europe while Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean returned from China. The two trips mark ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Camden man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl

A 25-year-old man mentioned in Tuesday's weekly crime report as possibly contributing to the delinquency of a minor is now being charged with multiple ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Collision, drowning mark two deaths in two days

Two men died in separate incidents during a less than 24-hour period Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Stover’s Craig Jelks is 2016 KCSD Teacher of the Year

Loud cheers and happy tears greeted Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's announcement Thursday evening of the 2016 KCSD Teacher of ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Camden Kmart to close this summer

Sears Holding will close its Kmart store on West DeKalb Street in Camden in late July. Eligible employees will receive severance pay and have the ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


King Haigler subdivision may expand near PTHS

More houses may be coming to the King Haigler subdivision behind and adjacent to Pine Tree Hill Elementary School between S.C. 34 and Hermitage ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 26, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men in a single incident during which a KCSO traffic deputy caught them excessively speeding on ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: Members of Congress are people, too

As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Upchurch & Jowers, KCSD celebrate academics at 21st annual banquet

For the 21st year, Upchurch & Jowers and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) inducted the brightest seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Guidance counselors find novel ways to help students

A decrease in elementary school bus ride disciplinary actions. Helping middle school students prepare better for standardized tests. Giving high school students at risk for ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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