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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 was found guilty for fatally shooting Robert L. Demary in September 2014. Pickrell's lead defense attorney, John Delgado, filed the notice.

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 dedication, Richard "Dick" Lackey returned to Monument Square on June 14 to receive the same honor.

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 treated him because of it -- his entire life.

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 on June 11 at Camden High School (CHS). Morgan is retiring June 30; Dr. Shane Robbins will take over as the district's new superintendent on July 1.

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 West confirmed the victim is Brenda Marie Coates, 54, of Westville. West also confirmed Coates died of a single gunshot wound.

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 far more than $1 million each to bring Baron DeKalb (BDK), Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah (MPES) up to current building codes. It would take a minimum total of $33 million to renovate the schools or a maximum of $42 million to replace them. The report suggested two cheaper alternatives: Consolidate BES and MPES for $15.8 million, or consolidate all three schools for $19.9 million.

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 Camden and Pickleball Plaza. The "United We Stand" Pickleball Tournament served as a fundraiser for the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC), raising $7,000 from entry fees, which will be used to support its hunger program.

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 more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

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't able to make it on to the official agenda.

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 of the county's intent to respond to a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning severance packages to county employees during the last 10 years.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Column: A life filled with travels

I'm very lucky to have lived in and visited a number of places around the world and the U.S. during my 50-plus years ...

July 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Meadors goes over the top with petition signatures

13,461.

July 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


KCSD sees changes to budget

There was a lot of gnashing of teeth at the S.C. State House, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson noted ...

July 17, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Column: The news process isn’t fake, either

Strange things happen in the nation's capitol everyday. It's pretty much a given considering Washington, D.C., is where Congress meets, the President ...

July 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘Look, listen and learn’

Part of preparing for the new school year, to begin Aug. 20, is figuring out security and safety issues at the Kershaw County School District ...

July 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Operation Summer Salvation brings cooling to those in need

Growing up mostly with his grandmother and his paraplegic aunt, who lived next door, gave Derek Gamble an appreciation for what the elderly and disabled ...

July 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Ray transferred to Kershaw County jail from Iowa

The father of a 2-year-old girl listed as missing for more than a month earlier this year is now behind bars at the Kershaw County ...

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


Robbins to attend first school board meeting tonight

New Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins will attend his first Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting tonight. Robbins is expected ...

July 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Lugoff man arrested for attempted murder

A 30-year-old Lugoff man is in jail on three counts of attempted murder after allegedly firing several shots into a car, injuring two of the ...

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


Second FOIA filed for ‘severance package’ info

The Chronicle-Independent has filed a second S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Kershaw County concerning "severance packages" following the county's insistence ...

July 10, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - July 10, 2018

Camden Police Department (CPD)

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


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