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District to present leadership development plan to school board

Steve Abbott, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) director for professional development, will present a district leadership development plan -- also being called a succession plan -- to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The board will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the media center of Wateree Elementary School, 424 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff.

February 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Pageant winners recognized

Camden Mayor Tony Scully congratulates 2015 Miss Camden Abigail Zvejnieks (left) and 2015 Camden Miss Teen Olivia Loynes on their recent pageant wins during Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting. Zvejnieks is a senior in the Spring Valley High School Discovery Magnet Program. Her platform focuses on scoliosis awareness and screening and supporting the Children's Miracle Network. Loynes is a sophomore at North Central High School. Loynes' platform is "learning and exploring arts through dance." Congratulating the young ladies with Scully are (from left) council members Jeffrey Graham, Deborah Davis, Laurie Parks and Alfred Mae Drakeford. During Tuesday night ...

January 30, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Host of changes proposed to Camden zoning ordinance

It may become illegal for Camden residents to own a rooster. It's one of a long list of changes proposed by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to the city's zoning ordinance. The proposed changes are the result of two years worth of work by the CPC -- which met 26 different times -- to modernize, streamline and otherwise make zoning regulations in Camden easier to follow, according to Camden Planner Shawn Putnam.

January 30, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


ICU nurse honored with first DAISY Award

A 9-year-old boy got to hug and say good-bye to his grandfather at KershawHealth before he died, thanks to the compassion of a nurse presented with the hospital's first-ever DAISY Award on Friday afternoon.

January 28, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: Random thoughts for a Monday morning

OK, so I'm actually writing this on Friday, but you're reading it Monday, so that's why it's random thoughts for a Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KCSD to focus on ‘health, safety and emergency’ repairs at schools

In November, voters rejected two referenda put on the ballot by the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to replace or repair aging schools and other facilities. Now, the district must find ways to maintain those facilities without a $130 million bond or 1 percent sales tax it planned to use to pay for the bond.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to focus on finances, Capella deal tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will focus on finances in several ways during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center in Camden.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to recognize Miss Camden, Miss Camden Teen

Camden City Council will recognize the new Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen winners for 2015 during its meeting Tuesday evening. Council will honor 2015 Miss Camden Abigail Zvejnieks and 2015 Miss Camden Teen Olivia Loynes, as well as their platforms.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSD budget ‘notebook’ provides snapshot of school spending

On the 135th day of school, coming up on March 18, Midway Elementary School's projected enrollment should include 359 students in regular classrooms and another six in self-contained classroom. The school's classroom capacity is 400 students.

January 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


The height of manners

How to seat a lady. How to be seated by a man. Which fork to use for the salad. What signals you're done with a meal versus just excusing yourself for a moment. Unbutton your jacket before you sit; button it when you get up.

January 21, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Maybe we do need to raise the gas tax

An interesting intersection of circumstances has come up in regards to our roads.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH starts to feel pinch from ACA focus on quality

KershawHealth will lose money in 2015 for a very specific reason: new quality performance standards which became law Jan. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board to hold preliminary budget discussion

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and CFO Donnie Wilson will lead a preliminary discussion of the district's 2015-2016 budget at a Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting set for Tuesday evening.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Pat Watts, long-time FAC, DAR supporter passes

A long-time supporter of both the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is being mourned today. Patricia "Pat" Plyler Watts died Tuesday at the age of 79.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CFD honors firefighters of the year at council meeting

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recognized two of its top firefighters during Tuesday nights' Camden City Council meeting. CFD Chief John Bowers announced Lt. Chris Tidwell as the CFD's 2014 Career Firefighter of the Year and retired Capt. Gene Parnell as its Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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‘Critical, hazardous’ fixes at Zemp to only cost $5,000

It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.

February 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


County native’s ‘Lighthouse’ combats sex trafficking

Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Bulldogs Giving Back

Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KCSD graduation rate at all time high

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KershawHealth board meeting on tap for Bethune tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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