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Htax lawsuit moved to November

A lawsuit challenging the city's use of hospitality taxes for the construction of a proposed sports complex in Camden has been moved from Thursday to Nov. 1.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


S.C. Supreme Court suspends Cushman

The S.C. Supreme Court placed Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman on interim suspension Friday, suspending his license to practice law in the state of South Carolina until further notice. Camden City Council voted to place Cushman, who also acted as the city's municipal court prosecutor, on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 20, one day after he turned himself in to the Kershaw County Detention Center on misconduct in office charges. On Sept. 25, council voted to hire the Pope Zeigler law firm, with three of its lawyers acting as interim city attorneys; and Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal ...

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man missing more than a week

For eight days, family members and the Camden Police Department (CPD) have been worried about Ricky Alan Courtney. According to a CPD report, his wife said the last time she saw or heard from him was around noon Monday, Sept. 24.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Outgoing KH board members say ‘good-bye’ as they approve budget

At a time when healthcare is going through so many changes itself, KershawHealth's board of trustees is seeing a change as well. Sept. 24, the board celebrated the tenure of four outgoing members: Chairman Jody Brazell and trustees Dr. Marguerite Carlton, Carolyn Hampton and Earnest Witherspoon. Each completed their full six-year terms of, as KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks put it, "faithful and productive service."

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Council hires interim city attorneys

Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to name Pope Zeigler LLC and three of its lawyers -- co-founder Margaret Pope, Gary Pope and Lawrence Flynn -- as interim city attorneys. Council also voted unanimously to name Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal & Sheheen LLP, as interim city prosecutor. Councilman Pat Partin was absent.

September 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


C-I files FOIA request in Cushman case

The Chronicle-Independent delivered copies of a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Monday to the city of Camden in relation to misconduct in office charges against suspended City Attorney Charles Cushman. The FOIA request is addressed to City Manager Kevin Bronson and Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd, with a copy delivered to Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

September 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Donations from defendants went into restricted drug fund

Suspended Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman is charged with misconduct in office, accused of dismissing charges against municipal court defendants in exchange for "donations" into the Camden City Drug Fund.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Preservationist to attend CCC work session

C&K Historic Consulting's Carrie Giauque, the city's historic preservation consultant, will be on hand for Camden City Council's 4 p.m. work session Tuesday. While City Planner Shawn Putnam will present revised design guidelines for a proposed board of architectural review (BAR), Giauque will make herself available to answer questions as well.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Romney’s already lost the election

Mitt Romney blew his chance at becoming the next president of the United States. Actually, he lost the election back in May, we just didn't know it at the time. No one did. We didn't know until last week when Mother Jones magazine published the contents of a secret video of Romney talking during a private fund-raiser about how he doesn't need to worry about 47 percent of the American people.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City attorney arrested, charged with misconduct in office

Camden City Attorney Charles V.B. Cushman stood in a bond setting room at the Kershaw County Detention Center early Wednesday evening, not as a lawyer, but as the accused.

September 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Film, attacks acts of the weak-willed

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lexington Medical Center expanding into Kershaw County

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) is making a small expansion into Kershaw County. Like KershawHealth here in Kershaw County, LMC is a public hospital, subject to the authority of Lexington County Council.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden could get power from new provider

The city of Camden could have a new wholesale electric power provider by the beginning of 2014, possibly ending a years-long relationship with Progress Energy and its predecessor, Carolina Power & Light.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden to conduct citizen surveys in January

At a late July work session, a majority of Camden City Council members indicated they wanted to hold off on conducting citizen surveys for one year. Those in favor of holding off said they were concerned about how to pay for the surveys and conducting them in close proximity to this November's general election.

September 14, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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KCSD to consider SCDOT easement request around CHS

In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive further Capella/MUSC advice

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to consider Beechwood PDD recommendation

Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CMA cadets turn civil rights performance into call for action

In a few weeks, five cadets from Camden Military Academy (CMA) will travel to the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park, Md., to represent South Carolina in the annual National History Day competition. The contest will be held June 14-18.

May 22, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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