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Camden dentist drowns in Lake Wateree

William J. Biggins, 61, a Camden dentist for more than 30 years, drowned Wednesday afternoon in Lake Wateree. According to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesperson Capt. Robert McCullough, Biggins drowned while swimming in the lake sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

July 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City closes deal with Beard for military collection

"This is an historic day," Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson declared in the Museum's Whitely Room a little after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

July 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Bethune woman accepts late father’s WWII POW medal

U.S. Army Pvt. Adrian D. Watkins served during the last years of the war, 1944 and 1945. Dropped behind enemy lines, he was later captured during the Battle of the Bulge, serving as a prisoner of war.

June 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Court ruling shows FOIA needs revision

Two years ago, I applauded a S.C. Court of Appeals ruling that Saluda County Council violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 2008 by adding to an already published agenda for one of its regular meetings. I did so because I, as I believe my fellow journalists do, that a) publishing an agenda provides proper notice to citizens of what a public body intends to consider at its regular meetings, and b) that adding items to an established agenda during a meeting is unfair to those citizens not in attendance who didn't know about something ...

June 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden taking steps to purchase former opera house

The city of Camden may purchase the building atop which the King Hagler Clock Towers sits at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets.

June 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The other 70th WWII anniversary

Most Americans -- and many Europeans, too -- celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day a few weeks ago. I've read some very touching accounts of veterans in their 90s, mostly American and British, getting the chance to visit Normandy one last time. But there is another 70th World War II anniversary to remember: June 15, 1944, a little more than a week after D-Day.

June 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


One last countdown for Casey Kasem

(Editor Martin L. Cahn is on vacation, recuperating from surgery. This column first ran on June 13, 2009, and is republished here at his request in light of recent news that Kasem's daughters were planning to remove him from life support during the last few days.)

June 16, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Beard Collection bond passes first reading

On split, 4-1, votes, with Councilman X. Willard Polk voting against, Camden City Council passed first readings of two ordinances Tuesday night to facilitate the issuance of a bond valued at up $700,000 in hospitality taxes (HTAX) to purchase Ross Beard's entire military collection. A portion of Beard's collection -- a vast array of vintage firearms, spy gear and material connected to Melvin Purvis' 1934 takedown of mobster John Dillinger -- is on loan to the Camden Archives and Museum. Other portions of the collection are in Beard's personal possession or housed at the S.C. Military Museum ...

June 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Runoffs set for Lt. Gov., state superintendent races

Republicans will have to return to the polls on June 24 to determine the election for lieutenant governor and the party's nominee for state superintendent of education. Democrats will also hold a runoff to determine that party's nomination for state superintendent of education.

June 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Matthews to be sheriff for four more years

(This story is now updated with results for school board seat Nos. 2 and 8.)

June 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


‘Chronicle’ is now 125 years old

The Chronicle-Independent hit a major milestone in May. We decided not to make a big deal out of it, especially since we're far more concerned about covering the stories of Kershaw County than being a story ourselves.

June 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Maxway property committee to make interim recommendation

During its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday, Camden City Council will hear a report and recommendation from the Maxway Property Development Commitment. According to documents attached to the work session agenda, Chairman Jon Fike is expected to recommend a "low-impact, low cost interim solution" for the property; the allocation of funds in support of that plan; and authorization to evaluate design proposals and site plans to complete the work.

June 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Degenhart named Physician of the Year, receives Order of the Palmetto

Dr. Vincent Degenhart said "it was a shock" to receive both the S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) 2014 Physician of the Year Award and the Order of the Palmetto at the same time a month ago. Degenhart was recognized for his work combating childhood obesity. He formed and chairs the S.C. Childhood Obesity Task Force.

June 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Douglass House another D.C. stop to make

Not long ago, I wrote about my sons and I taking our "Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break" trip to see my father outside Washington, D.C. In that column, I talked about visiting College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Md., and how I was inspired to think about getting a similar museum built -- someday -- here in Camden at Woodward Field.

June 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘You Are Vi+al’

During a special invitation-only event Thursday afternoon and evening at the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School on Lakeshore Drive in Camden, KershawHealth launched a new "employee engagement" campaign. The campaign, called "You Are Vi+al" (the "+" -- actually an orange colored healthcare symbol -- represents the letter "t"), features six 2-1/2 to 3 minute videos celebrating employees who go "above and beyond" for KershawHealth's patients, visitors, fellow employees and others.

May 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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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


KH board to vote on ‘financial assistance policy’ tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on changes to its "financial assistance policy." If passed, the new policy would change exactly who is eligible for charity care at KershawHealth.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


America still has a long way to go

There is no longer any doubt that America still has a long way to go before it can say that it has grown beyond the prejudices and fear and tragic cycle of action and reaction when it comes to relations between blacks and whites.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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