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Mayor’s Cup step show returns Saturday

The Mayor's Cup step show competition returns to the Camden High School gymnasium Saturday at 6 p.m. Jackson Teen Center Executive Director Brian Mayes, who has coordinated the step shows for many years, said 10 acts will compete for the Mayor's Cup -- the first competition under new Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan skeptical of EOC’s testing proposal

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan expressed skepticism of a recently updated proposal by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC) to create a "one report card system" for school accountability. Morgan is so skeptical, he has even written a letter to the county's legislative delegation saying the "proposal needs close scrutiny by legislators." It is a proposal, he told the delegation, with "significant flaws."

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Lots on tap for city council

Camden City Council will be busy today with full agendas for both an afternoon work session and regular meeting.

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized planets in a previously discovered solar system's habitable zone.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 24, 2017

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) reported a high number of motor vehicle break-ins and thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


833 South Broad

Thanks to the magic of memories, Rengy Cobb Marshall was able to stand inside 833 South Broad at multiple points in time: Feb. 15, 2017, and any number of days in the 1960s.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Trying to solve a Coca-Cola history mystery

There is a bit of mystery surrounding the history of 833 South Broad, currently the home of a venue of the same name and Dancin' on Broad. For much of the last 20 years, many people have remembered it as an antique mall. People with longer memories often refer to it as the old Coca-Cola bottling plant.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Man charged with arson for setting own home on fire

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested a Lugoff man on Thursday for allegedly setting his own home on fire Wednesday morning. According to a SLED press release, agents arrested Marvin Leonard Hill, 60, of Longstreet Road, Lugoff and charged him with two counts of second-degree arson.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School accountability/report system proposed

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will hear a presentation during its meeting tonight about a proposed combined accountability/report system developed by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC). The S.C. General Assembly directed the EOC to develop the proposal under legislation passed during its 2016 session. The EOC adopted the proposal in January and it is supposed to meet federal and state requirements.

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CHS 9th graders learn ‘The Value of Education’

On the morning of Feb. 13, a large number of Camden High School (CHS) ninth graders filled up tables set up on the ground floor of the Price House. They were there to hear CHS coaches Dennis Beckley and Natalie Jeffcoat, Camden Middle School (CMS) Principal Byron Johnson and former Temple University professor Dr. Ernestyne Adams talk about "The Value of Education," the theme of the Price House Commission's Black History Month program. Price House Commissioner Clifton H. Anderson organized the program.

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSO arrests man after vehicle chase through woods

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Lugoff man Wednesday on multiple charges following a car chase through a wooded area in the Lugoff-Elgin area.

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Dispatchers, EMS are heroes, too

After writing up my recent stories on 3-year-old Brayden, the little boy who survived a drowning incident several weeks ago, I received an email from Kershaw County Emergency Management Services (EMS) Deputy Director Gerald Blanchard.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 17, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Lugoff men following an assault that allegedly took place around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City hires Main Street SC program manager

At the very end of Tuesday night's Camden City Council meeting, City Manager Mel Pearson introduced Katharine Spadacenta to council members and the public. Pearson announced the city recently hired Spadacenta, who moved to Camden with her family from Connecticut in August, as its first Main Street SC program manager in about 25 years.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CPD arrests man for armed robberies

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man Wednesday for two armed robberies, one of which took place that day. The other robbery reportedly took place Feb. 11. Two CPD incident reports listed the arrested man as Lee Otis Wise Jr., 19, of Mt. Zion Road, Camden.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 24, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD) officers charged a 29-year-old Elgin woman with resisting arrest after responding to Jeffers Circle about an SUV stuck in a ditch ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Student growth funding ‘crisis’ coming, says KCSD

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials are sending out a warning: A crisis is coming where, if the district does not receive more funding, student ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Men plead guilty in Sandhills Bank robbery case

Two men arrested in June 2015 for the armed robbery of the Sandhills Bank branch in Bethune pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court. According to ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Diamonds from the beginning

"Dimplez" and "Havoc" have been part of the Kershaw County step team program since they were 9 and 10 years old, respectively.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Old Burndale Shopping Center to be demolished

A long-vacant, but long-time landmark in Camden will be demolished in the coming weeks.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 17, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reported the following recent incidents:

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


New ALPHA Center to be built on Ehrenclou Drive

The ALPHA Center, currently housed at the south end of Mill Street, will build a new $2.5 million facility on a 4-acre lot on ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


From Wallingford to Camden

It's cliché to say someone's life has prepared them for their latest role, but it may actually be true for Katharine Spadacenta.

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


GPS coordinates lead to murder investigation

The case of a missing Bethune man is now a murder investigation.

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law enforcement, businesses team up for memorials

For many years, drivers along any number of roadways, including I-20 in Kershaw County, have seen roadside memorials erected by people mourning loved ones who ...

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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