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Fitch ups KH outlook, but lowers rating

Fitch Ratings upgraded its financial outlook for KershawHealth from "negative" to "stable" July 17, according to press releases issued by the ratings firm and KershawHealth on Tuesday. KershawHealth said Fitch upgraded the outlook as a reflection of the healthcare organization starting to implement its strategic plan.

August 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Council celebrates CFD Explorer accomplishments

They've become annual traditions. First, members of the Camden Fire Department's (CFD) Explorers program compete -- and win -- an Explorers competition in Myrtle Beach. Then, Camden City Council honors the Explorers with certificates of merit, giving the team a chance to show off their skills to council and the public.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


School board to tackle bonds, referendum

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will take up several matters relating in various ways to the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP) at a combined board and finance/facilities meeting slated for noon Tuesday.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH focuses on finances tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in its Health Resource Center on Battleship Road. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on financial matters as Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch reports on June's finances.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Prestage Farms owner arrested in Washington, D.C.

Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms and a Kershaw County resident, spent most of Wednesday and part of Thursday in a Washington, D.C., jail cell. According to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Prestage, 59, was arrested around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after officers discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun and a magazine with ammunition in a briefcase while trying to enter the Cannon House Office Building.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Three seeking two seats on Camden City Council

Jeffrey R. Graham, Deborah H. Davis and Bob Williams are the three names city of Camden voters will see on November ballots as they try to fill two open seats on Camden City Council.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Long-time Camden resident part of historic WWII mission

It took 40 years for William G. "Bill" Major, who died Sunday at the age of 92, to talk about what he saw in the early days of August 1945.

July 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH hits 100 percent on core measures for third straight month

As predicted at Monday's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, the healthcare system scored 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row in June. The measures, reported to The Joint Commission, are shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences and otherwise ensure excellent care for patients who go to KershawHealth for treatment of particular conditions or illnesses.

July 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Jackson Teen Center adds cheerleader camp to mix

The multipurpose room in Camden's new Jackson Teen Center (JTC) filled up with cheers from both the stage and the audience on the afternoon of July 10. The cheers in the seats were, mostly, from boys participating in the JTC and ALPHA Center's flag football program. The cheers from the stage were all girls showing off cheerleading routines taught to them by two Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) cheerleaders.

July 16, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth board to meet today

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is once again meeting on a twice-a-month basis, with the first of its July meetings taking place today at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on "general" KershawHealth topics. Its second meeting of the month -- set for July 28 -- will focus on finances.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Ruling could bar farmer from henhouse

Well, at least they got one thing right.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth forms new general surgery division

More than three years ago, KershawHealth administrators started working on a plan to create a general surgery division within its healthcare system. In a press release issued Wednesday, KershawHealth administrators announced the completion of that effort, integrating the general surgical practices of doctors Paul Christenberry and Ed Gill. Gill previously practiced with Sentinel Health Partners, while Christenberry maintained a solo practice.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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