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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


Elgin dedicates Military Salute Memorial

A large crowd gathered at Potter Community Park on Memorial Day to dedicate the town's new Military Salute Memorial. The memorial features seven flag poles, each flying a separate flag to honor the county's veterans. In addition to the American and South Carolina state flags, the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard flags were raised along with a POW/MIA flag.

May 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


KCSO deputy nabs Anderson murder suspect

An alert Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy nabbed a man wanted for murder in Anderson County on Saturday while on patrol as part of enhanced enforcement during the Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Thinking of grandfathers on Memorial Day

I didn't like the military very much while I was growing up. I could chalk that up to being a pre-teen and early teenager during the Vietnam years when -- quite unfortunately -- this country didn't treat its vets very well. I think I also didn't deal well with authority figures since I grew up kind of scrawny and was bullied a bit as a kid.

May 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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KH may offer 2 percent employee raises

KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Rescue personnel search for missing boater on river

Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Plans for second covered arena at equine park trotting ahead

S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation Board Vice Chair John Cushman provided Camden City Council with some good news during its meeting Tuesday evening: the foundation already has commitments for all but about $220,000 of the $850,000 needed to construct a second covered arena at the S.C. Equine Park.

September 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘A legacy of service’

A check for $10,000 from First Citizens Bank and a speech by S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell highlighted a dedication ceremony for the next step in Potter Community Park's evolution in Elgin on Saturday morning.

September 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Lugoff-Elgin


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