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Heavy agendas to greet new council members

Newly elected Camden Mayor Tony Scully and Councilwoman Laurie Parks will be greeted at their first work session and regular meeting with thick agendas Tuesday. Council will not meet again until January.

December 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Gang shooting was ‘shock to system’

I shivered slightly when I realized that this Friday night, Dec. 7, is the exact five year anniversary of the night 17-year-old Camden High School student Michael Smith died of a single gunshot blast to the chest, the first and so far only Kershaw County victim of a gang-related shooting.

December 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

KershawHealth is Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

"This is a big deal," Dr. Shawn Conwell told the KershawHealth Board of Trustees at its Nov. 26 meeting.

December 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

Emotions run high at last council meeting for Graham, Partin

Some drama, a "sermon" and a tearful good-bye highlighted Mayor Jeffrey Graham and Councilman Pat Partin's last Camden City Council meeting Tuesday night. Emotions ran high during both actual business and in the parting words Partin, leaving council after 12 years, and Graham, as outgoing mayor, spoke at meeting's end.

November 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

SC ENT faces no criminal charges

Although the United States government is named on and may benefit from a pending federal whistleblower case filed against a Kershaw County-based ear, nose and throat practice, it is not directly involved in the case. Also, the defendants in that case are not facing any criminal charges.

November 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

Healthcare changes sooner than later

In case you haven't noticed, there's something called "Obamacare" that is changing healthcare in the United States. It's been controversial, especially during the recent presidential election.

November 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Sports complex referendum to be acknowledged

In what will be among Jeffrey Graham and Pat Partin's final actions as, respectively, Camden's mayor and a city councilman, Camden City Council will consider a resolution to declare and acknowledge the results of a referendum held during the Nov. 6 general election on the construction of a proposed sports complex.

November 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

C-I profile: Camden’s new mayor

The nation's capital is the place those with political aspirations usually aim for as an ultimate goal. There's a reason the classic James Stewart movie is called "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." But what if you were born in Washington, D.C., and your main aspiration was to see your plays produced on stage?

November 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

‘Person of Interest’ is food for thought

Today's column did not spring from original thought. I'm not the first person to write about CBS' Person of Interest, now in the middle of its second season on Thursday nights. Specifically, I'm not the first person to write about how the show is actually falls into the science fiction genre rather than strictly police procedural or thriller. Nor am I the first to write about why it's such a good show. In both cases, that would fall to Annalle Newitz on, a blog/website devoted to all manner of science fiction, fantasy and ...

November 19, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Camden begins looking for Bronson’s replacement

Camden City Council gave its approval -- along with that of incoming Mayor-elect Tony Scully and Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks -- for city staff to begin the search to replace City Manager Kevin Bronson. Bronson recently announced he will resign from the city effective Jan. 3 in order to take a management position with the city of Rock Hill government.

November 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Cushman pleads guilty to contempt of court

Suspended Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to contempt of court by an attorney and paid a $130 fine. In exchange for the plea, the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office dismissed misconduct in office charges against Cushman connected to allegations that he dismissed Camden Municipal Court charges against certain defendants in exchange for "donations" to the Camden City Drug Fund.

November 14, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

More Welsh Street annexations on tap

Three more Welsh Street property owners are asking to come into the city of Camden, some of the last in the Sunnyhill subdivision to request annexation. Camden City Council will consider three separate ordinances accepting the properties into the city at Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. meeting.

November 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

The challenge goes to the victors

Last Tuesday's election here in Camden was the tightest I have seen. Mayor-elect Tony Scully won only 91 more votes than incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Graham to win the mayor's seat on council, a mere 2.5 percent difference. Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford and Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks both earned approximately 27 percent of the vote. The other challengers, Johnny Deal and Peggy Ogburn earned approximately 23 percent each. The sports complex ballot question failed by only 254 votes, or 7 percent.

November 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Live Civil War-era cannonball removed from Archives

Authorities evacuated the Camden Archives and Museum for several hours Friday after staff discovered what is believed to have been a live Civil War-era cannonball in its collection. The shell was eventually removed and destroyed.

November 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

‘Free’ doesn’t mean we’re skimping

Free. It's a lovely word, isn't it? For most of us this week, "free" means voting for our candidates of choice or express how we feel about certain issues.

November 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

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Kershaw County added to FEMA list

Kershaw County is now among those in South Carolina eligible for assistance from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). S.C. Gov. Nikki ...

October 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

Crime Report - Oct. 9, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking information about a man who reportedly stole nearly $1,400 at gunpoint from a Lugoff market ...

October 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

Cahn: ‘Disasters’ I’ve lived through, or missed

I've been very lucky.

October 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Lugoff man dies in submerged vehicle

A Lugoff man died Sunday after a car in which he was a passenger got swept off a washed-out portion of roadway into Twenty-Five Mile ...

October 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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