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City council meets today

Camden City Council will meet today at 6 p.m.; there will be no afternoon work session.

June 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSD releases Robbins contract for superintendent

When new Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent. Dr. William Shane Robbins officially begins working on July 1, his starting base salary will be $170,000, $10,000 more than outgoing KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's ending salary.

June 08, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Jury finds Pickrell guilty of murdering boyfriend

Unless her case is overturned on appeal, Gregg Pickrell will be 100 years old when she finishes serving her 35-year sentence for fatally shooting 33-year-old Robert L. Demary, of Salmond Street, Camden, nearly four years ago. A jury found Pickrell guilty of murder mid-afternoon Tuesday, closing a trial that had lasted six days over a two-week period.

June 08, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Column: Three bad apples

If you've ever watched CBS' Criminal Minds, you're probably familiar with its opening credits during which a montage of mugshots are shown. Look closely at the center and you'll see Susan Smith, the Union County woman who, in October 1994, let her car roll into a lake, drowning her 3-year-old and 11-month-old sons.

June 08, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KCSD considering changes to offering alternative meals

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) may be changing the way it handles providing lunches for students who either can't afford to pay or simply don't pay for the midday meals.

June 05, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - June 5, 2018

Camden Police Department (CPD)

June 05, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Column: The disappeared

Monday, Lifetime retold the story of Elizabeth Shoaf. For those who don't know the story, in September 2006, a horrid, Gollum-like man named Vinson Filyaw kidnapped then 14-year-old Elizabeth and held her captive in an underground bunker he'd built for 10 days and sexually assaulted her.

June 01, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Small schools could cost millions to renovate, replace

The message from Joe Pike and Eddie Rodelsperger to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' Finance/Facilities Committee on Tuesday was clear: It will take much more than the $1 million each from the 2016 referendum bond to truly bring Baron DeKalb, Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools into some semblance of the 21st century.

June 01, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Potential new subdivision coming to Black River Road

A new residential subdivision may be coming to Black River Road, nearly opposite the entrance to Haier Boulevard.

May 29, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Column: Should KCSD raise own taxes?

As I sat in on last week's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting (which I reported on Tuesday), a thought popped into my head:

May 25, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Making up for lost hugs

March 31 and May 14 will be dates Bob Snell and Carla Sauders won't soon forget.

May 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Lugoff-Elgin


2-year-old girl found safe

Two-year-old Dakota Ray is safe more than a month after being declared missing on April 15. Her parents are under arrest after being located in Decorah, Iowa, on Thursday afternoon.

May 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School board sends millage options to council

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials will appear at tonight's Kershaw County Council meeting in order to bring forward two options in regard to requested 5.4 mil tax increase for the district.

May 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Wm. T. Miller Lumber Co. Inc. closes today after 78 years

After 78 years of continuous operation, Wm. T. Lumber Co. Inc. will close both its Camden and Elgin locations today.wner John Miller, who began formally working with the family business after graduating from college in 1971, announced his intention to retire in late April and then announced today would be the company's last day.

May 18, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Man pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges

Richard Dewayne Hendrix, 19, with addresses in Lugoff and Gaston, pleaded guilty May 11 to three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years of age. According to online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records, a judge sentenced Hendrix to six years in prison, credited with the 830 days he has spent at the Kershaw County Detention Center and suspended upon the completion of three year's probation. Hendrix must also be listed on the S.C. Sex Offender Registry.

May 18, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Column: An end to the evil of separation

On the surface, President Trump blinked.

June 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Pickrell’s defense team files notice of appeal

As expected, attorneys representing convicted murderer Gregg Pickrell filed a notice of appeal Friday afternoon, exactly hitting a 10-day deadline to do so after she ...

June 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Lackey honored with legacy bench

Not quite a week after he had lauded his friend and fellow American Legion member, Perry McCoy, during a city of Camden Leaders Legacy bench ...

June 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Empathy is good for everyone’

David Adelman might be one of the smartest people in Camden. He also happens to have lived with cerebral palsy -- and the way people have ...

June 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Morgan attends last full school board meeting

Dr. Frank Morgan, who has served as superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) for 11 years, attended his final full school board meeting ...

June 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSO investigating shooting death

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the shooting death of a woman Sunday night in the Westville area. Kershaw County Coroner David ...

June 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Column: Nobody lied; it was worse

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a small schools report given to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance committee showing it will take ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


First-ever pickleball tournament deemed success

More than 100 people officially registered to participate in Camden's first ever pickleball tournament, held June 9 and 10 at the Tennis Center of ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Boan, Rushing head to June 26 runoff for sheriff nomination

Two Republican candidates for Kershaw County Sheriff -- Lee Boan and Jack Rushing -- will face each other in a June 26 runoff after neither man garnered ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Mayor touts Elder Abuse Month at council meeting

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford took some time near the end of Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting to speak on a subject that wasn ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


County working on severance package FOIA request

In a response dated June 6, just two days prior to a 20-workday deadline, Assistant Kershaw County Attorney H. Thomas Morgan Jr. notified the Chronicle-Independent ...

June 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


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