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Fitch affirms KershawHealth’s BBB+ rating

Fitch Ratings, the international credit rating agency has affirmed its BBB+ rating for KershawHealth and deemed the healthcare system's rating outlook as "stable." George Corbin, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and chair of the board's finance committee, gave his fellow trustees the good news at its July 23 meeting.

July 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


What 'Dark Knight' says about us

On the surface, it seems silly to devote a column to deconstructing a superhero movie, even a huge blockbuster like The Dark Knight Rises. What could be more frivolous, after all, than spending $10 to $20 bucks (popcorn and drink included) to see a summer flick?

July 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City puts off surveys for a year

Camden City Council decided to put off launching community surveys for one year, citing the fact that the proposal has not been budgeted for the current fiscal year. The idea to conduct surveys came out of an April 30 "road trip" to Rock Hill. Rock Hill City Council conducts such surveys through an independent firm every three years as part of its strategic planning process.

July 27, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City council to consider community surveys

Camden City Council may follow the example of their counterparts in Rock Hill and begin conducting community surveys as part of its annual strategic planning process. Council will discuss the possibility during its pre-meeting work session Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

July 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Blame Limbaugh for uncivil discourse

Twenty years or so ago, I worked at a prominent Columbia-area talk radio station. I worked behind the scenes, pushing buttons and making sure commercials got played when they were supposed to. For a long stretch, I handled the midday shift, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Back then, one of my jobs was airing Rush Limbaugh's titular talk show.

July 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Will new truck route be enforceable by police?

For more than a decade, Camden has been trying to find a way to keep heavy trucks off of Broad Street and on to a truck route. Camden has a truck route and has an ordinance on the books that would enforce its use -- but doesn't currently do so.

July 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CPC approves Bridlewood plat revision

The developers of Bridlewood Farms on Springdale Drive in Camden now have the go-ahead to take the first steps at actually creating the subdivision.

July 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Race to the starting line: City of Camden

(The following correction ran in the Chronicle-Independent on July 25, 2012: "Camden City Council candidate Peggy Ogburn was misidentified as a former Departmenet of PublicWorks director. Mrs. Ogburn chaired the Clemson Extension Community Development Committee. As such she opened the city's first recycling center in 1990 along with those serving as the county's Clemson Extension agtent and former city public works director. The C-I apologies for any confusion." The online version now reflects an accurate record of Mrs. Ogburn's service.)

July 18, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


City trades legal barbs with CRRC, CCRG

For several months, things have been quiet in the more than year-long controversy over the city of Camden's pursuit of constructing a sports complex. The city purchased property on Campbell Street in March 2011 with the intention of building a sports complex, proposed using hospitality taxes to construct it and began negotiating with the YMCA of Columbia to manage it. The plan met not only with vocal opposition, but legal challenges as well.

July 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Parker spot-on with Rainey column

Kathleen Parker, who lives part of the time in Camden, and I probably don't see eye-to-eye on everything, certainly not in the political arena. That's OK; diversity of views is what makes the world go around for me.

July 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CFD honored at city council meeting

Getting ready quickly to fight a fire must run in the family.

July 13, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Public comments on Broad Street 'road diet,' truck route

Eight people spoke during a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) public hearing Tuesday at Camden High School (CHS) on preferred alternatives for a Broad Street "road diet" and an enforceable truck route around Camden's downtown.

July 13, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Returning to the Land of Oz

If you've heard the rumors that Disney and former Spider-Man movie director Sam Raimi are making a "prequel" to The Wizard of Oz, you heard right. It'll even star Raimi's Spider-Man co-star James Franco. It's all about how the humbug carny man (Franco) got swept to the the land of Oz and became the great and wonderful Wizard.

July 09, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CFD Explorer post to appear at council meeting

Second reading of a potential noise limitation ordinance is set to be taken up by Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday.

July 09, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The Citizens United and immigration decisions

As Independence Day approaches, I'm disheartened by two recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions. Both were split decisions on how certain laws will be applied. (I'll save Thursday's healthcare decision another time.)

July 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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KCSD wants KCC to revive local funding formula

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) wants Kershaw County Council to return to the days when the county used a formula to come up with local funding to the district.

April 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


All-County Academic Teams: 20 years

Monday night marked the official 20th anniversary of the Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team program. The insurance agency and Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) annual banquet, held in Bethesda Presbyterian Church's Westminster Hall, looked back at those 20 years while inducting 32 members from the district's three high schools.

April 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


SCE&G’s Camden office to close May 29

South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will close its Camden office May 29, according to a letter included with customers' most recent bills. The office's address is 205 Sumter Hwy., at the corner of Ehrenclou Drive where South Broad Street becomes Sumter Highway.

April 22, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


School board to continue budget discussion Tuesday

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussing the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) proposed 2015-16 school year budget Tuesday night. According to a copy of the board's proposed agenda, the discussion will include a line-by-line review of proposed expenditures and updates, if any, on state revenue.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Some Americans can’t vote for president

Who would have thought a goofy looking guy with bad teeth from Britain named John Oliver could make us laugh so hard about the insanity of American government excesses, healthcare bureaucracy and even something as seemingly boring as net neutrality?

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH board to start process of creating Capella advisory board

When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


U.S. Marshals cleared in Folsom shooting

Three U.S. Marshals have been cleared by the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office in the Dec. 5, 2014, shooting death of Joseph Glenn Folsom at his Blue Heron Lane home on Lake Wateree.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


IRS seizes Old Armory Steakhouse

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and officers from the Camden Police Department (CPD) entered the Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant on Rutledge Street around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and seized the business.

April 17, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


All-County Academic Teams: 20 Years

On March 25, Anna Mazurek was in northern Chile. WiFi service was "pretty sporadic" in places and didn't work at all for two days as the month drew to a close and Anna didn't expect it to for a few more days.

April 15, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Referenda supporters speak to school board

Three people spoke to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its April 7 meeting about the possibility of bringing a new set of facility construction and penny sales tax referenda to voters in 2016.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Springdale Plaza changes hands

Springdale Plaza has a new owner. In mid-February, ProVest PDQ Sprindale LLC, part of a merger between ProVest Properties, an investment company, and PDQ Properties Corp. Officially, according to a deed filed at the Kershaw County Registrar of Deeds Office, ProVest PDQ paid $10 and "other valuable consideration" to DDR DownREIT LLC, an Ohio limited liability company. DDR used to be known as Developers Diversified Realty Corp.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Cahn: Does Tsarnaev deserve death penalty?

We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KC Diamonds host step show Saturday

The Kershaw County Diamonds will host Camden's annual step showcase Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camden High School gym. The program is sponsored by the city of Camden and The ALPHA Center.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan’s contract extended to 2017

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday night to extend Dr. Frank Morgan's contract as the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) superintendent by one year, to June 30, 2017. In a separate vote, the board also unanimously granted Morgan a 1.5 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2014.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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