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Music vs. TV for attention span

As a connoisseur of both music and television, I've noticed some interesting trends during the last few years. Like many things, such trends can be considered good or bad. On the good side are the abilities to tailor entertainment experiences to our own preferences and defer listening or viewing experiences to meet our busy schedules.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn: ‘encouraging trends’ at KershawHealth

While interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn didn't have all good news for the healthcare organization's board of trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting, he did describe much of what he's seeing as "encouraging trends."

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Police, coroner reports are public record

Two recent South Carolina crime cases highlight issues faced when dealing with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden beginning year with ‘a lot of good news’

In addition to learning that a major catfish tournament championship will be held this October on Lake Wateree (see accompanying story), there was a lot of good news in Camden City Council's first work session of the new year Tuesday.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Major fishing championship coming to Lake Wateree

Hundreds of anglers will descend on Camden and Lake Wateree in early October for a major catfish tournament championship. The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail Eastern Championship could provide a more than $500,000 economic impact to Camden and the surrounding community, according to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther. Luther announced the tournament's decision to bring the championship event to Lake Wateree at Camden City Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


West wants to be Kershaw County’s next coroner

David West said he has such respect for the men he worked for as a Kershaw County deputy coroner, that he waited until the current coroner decided not to run for reelection before officially putting his hat in the ring. West, who once served as deputy coroner for close to 15 years under former Coroner Tommy Horton and current Coroner Johnny Fellers, said he has wanted to be coroner for years.

January 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Mental health and the SCDC

I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line.

January 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden could save money with bond, loan agreements

The city of Camden could recognize some savings if it is able to refinance a 10-year-old bond as well as amend a large, multimillion dollar loan from South Carolina's State Revolving Fund (SRF). Camden City Council will learn more about the possible savings during its first work session of the year Tuesday afternoon.

January 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Fellers not running for Kershaw County Coroner again

Johnny Fellers, Kershaw County's coroner for more than 20 years, will no longer be coroner after this November's election. Fellers, who also served as a deputy coroner for eight years prior to first being elected coroner in 1993, announced Monday he would not be running for reelection this fall.

January 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Coming home to Camden

In recent days, Hezbollah, the Shi'a Islamic militant group and political party, reportedly moved missiles from storage bases in Syria to Lebanon. The missiles include Scud Ds that could target Israel. The news echoes fears Israel faced in December 1998 after the United States and United Kingdom conducted Operation Desert Fox, a bombing campaign on Iraqi targets. After the four-day operation, Israel and its American and U.K. partners worried that Iraq might fire Scud missiles against Israel -- something Iraq had done during the first Gulf War almost eight years earlier in January 1991.

January 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Healthcare industry blues for 2014?

As I spelled out near the end of last month, the biggest local story of 2013 was KershawHealth. As faithful readers know, as the healthcare organization celebrated its centennial, it became further bogged down by losses caused primarily by external factors. Those factors include continuing shifts -- thanks to the economic fallout of the last few years -- from inpatient to outpatient volumes, cuts in governmental and commercial reimbursements and South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.

January 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


2013: A look back - Part Three of Three

Whether it be the back nine or the back 40, you know you're getting closer to the end of some stories as you reach them. That's the case with this last third of our review of the year that was: 2013. Some stories are "good;" some less so.

January 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


2013: A look back - Part Two of Three

And so we come to the middle of the year gone by -- the months of May, June, July and August 2013. What was the big news? Flooding, the transformation of a former school, Bethune's police department, KershawHealth's financial struggles and the saddest, but not entirely unpredicted end to a story of a missing teenager from Columbia.

January 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Crime Report - Jan. 2, 2014

A detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck another detainee and a female corrections officer on Dec. 26.

January 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A light look back and forward

Isn't that a great cartoon by Ariail up there? I love how Baby New Year's coming in on a drone, taking a selfie as Old Man 2013 looks on incredulously. It's inspiring, even ... at least to someone who needs to write an end-of-the-year column.

December 30, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Lots on tap for city council

Camden City Council will be busy today with full agendas for both an afternoon work session and regular meeting.

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan skeptical of EOC’s testing proposal

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan expressed skepticism of a recently updated proposal by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC) to ...

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 24, 2017

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) reported a high number of motor vehicle break-ins and thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


833 South Broad

Thanks to the magic of memories, Rengy Cobb Marshall was able to stand inside 833 South Broad at multiple points in time: Feb. 15, 2017 ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Trying to solve a Coca-Cola history mystery

There is a bit of mystery surrounding the history of 833 South Broad, currently the home of a venue of the same name and Dancin ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Man charged with arson for setting own home on fire

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested a Lugoff man on Thursday for allegedly setting his own home on fire Wednesday morning. According ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School accountability/report system proposed

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will hear a presentation during its meeting tonight about a proposed combined accountability/report system developed by the ...

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CHS 9th graders learn ‘The Value of Education’

On the morning of Feb. 13, a large number of Camden High School (CHS) ninth graders filled up tables set up on the ground floor ...

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSO arrests man after vehicle chase through woods

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Lugoff man Wednesday on multiple charges following a car chase through a wooded area in ...

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Dispatchers, EMS are heroes, too

After writing up my recent stories on 3-year-old Brayden, the little boy who survived a drowning incident several weeks ago, I received an email from ...

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 17, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Lugoff men following an assault that allegedly took place around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City hires Main Street SC program manager

At the very end of Tuesday night's Camden City Council meeting, City Manager Mel Pearson introduced Katharine Spadacenta to council members and the public ...

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CPD arrests man for armed robberies

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man Wednesday for two armed robberies, one of which took place that day. The other robbery reportedly took ...

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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