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Watson receives appointment to Air Force Academy

A Camden High School (CHS) senior will head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado after graduation, thanks to a congressional appointment. Zack Watson received a letter from U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in early February that the congressman was submitting his name to the prestigious academy in early February. In late March, Zack, the son of Beth Watson and grandson of Max and Judy Ford, received a second letter confirming his appointment.

May 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


McElveen challenges Junior Leadership grads to help others

State Sen. Thomas McElveen wants graduates of this year's Junior Leadership Kershaw County program not to forget to "look around" in the midst of their busy lives for chances to contribute to the world around them.

May 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board approves strategic plan

KershawHealth hopes to at least mitigate a potential $32 million loss by 2018 through a strategic plan unanimously adopted by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday night. The plan focuses on strengthening existing healthcare services, adding new facilities adjacent to the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center and transforming Burndale Plaza.

April 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


I dream of an airport museum

Recently, I took my sons on what we called the Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break to see my father in Upper Marlboro, Md., about 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Polk won’t be candidate for reelection

Camden City Councilman X. Willard Polk will not run for reelection this November. Polk made the announcement at the end of Tuesday's Camden City Council work session.

April 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Carpenter, Hardee tout CCTC expansion to city council

Dr. Tim Hardee, president of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) and Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter want the city of Camden to become a partner in CCTC's proposed expansion of its campus at I-20 Exit 98. Hardee and Carpenter spoke before council during its work session Tuesday afternoon; there was no evening meeting.

April 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Long, Polk clash over CHLC

An annual report from the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) on its activities led to a spirited debate between two members of Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon.

April 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Diamonds are the ‘better gang’ now

Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.

April 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden City Hall elevator in proposed FY 2015 budget

An elevator could finally be installed at Camden City Hall if the city's Fiscal Year 2015 budget goes through as proposed. Camden City Council held a public hearing on the proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday night. City Manager Mel Pearson presented a budget summary that included $200,000 toward the elevator's installation in its project improvement fund. The fiscal year begins July 1.

April 11, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


County step team heading to Chicago for nationals

It's been just a little more than four years since the Rho Chi Kobras step team came in second at the national Music Step Fest in Nashville, Tenn. Now, the "next generation" of local steppers -- the Kershaw County Diamonds -- are aiming for the top, this time in Chicago.

April 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Public hearing on city budget Tuesday

Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on its budget Tuesday. No budget items were attached to a copy of Tuesday's agenda. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Council will not meet for a work session that afternoon.

April 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Man robs Markette at gunpoint

A man robbed the Markette in Lugoff at gunpoint, getting away with some cash early Saturday morning. The store is located in a triangle formed by the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 601.

April 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Supreme Court gets it wrong again

It seems like every year, I have to write a story about how the U.S. Supreme Court is continuing to make campaign finances worse and worse. In 2010, it was the court's Citizens United decision. In 2012, the court's refusal to even reconsider the Citizens United case. In 2013, I wrote about the arguments made in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC).

April 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Dr. Daisy Alexander spent life teaching math and helping people

Dr. Daisy Alexander could do fairly complex mathematical calculations in her head. That might not be a surprise to the thousands of students she taught during her 40-year career in Kershaw County schools, but how she used it might.

April 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


City changes Historic Camden sewer project again

The city of Camden is working on a plan that would keep the city from having to dig a trench on Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site property on the west side of Broad Street. Thursday, City Manager Mel Pearson said the city now hopes to install sections of a force main sewer line around Rhame Arena on the east side of Broad Street. That would follow part of a path already planned for a gravity sewer line being installed as part of the same project, he said.

April 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

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


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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