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When DOJ targets press, we all lose

To say I was stunned was putting it mildly. I was shocked to learn about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to seize phone records belonging to the Associated Press (AP). The C-I does not belong to the AP; I have never written for the service. That doesn't negate my outrage at DOJ's actions.

May 20, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Tuesday Power outage in Camden result of fallen limb

A limb falling on a line on Lakeview Avenue caused a power outage Tuesday morning in a residential section of Camden.

May 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Broad Street road diet will be done in stages

It might not happen until at least 2016, perhaps later, but if the city of Camden decides to move ahead with a proposed plan to put a section of Broad Street on a "road diet," it will happen in four stages and take 18 months to complete. That was the word from Ernie Boughman of URS, the city's engineering firm, to Camden City Council during a 4 p.m. work session Tuesday. Council also learned from City Manager Mel Pearson that the city and S.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has the opportunity to seek perhaps $10 million in ...

May 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Woman arrested in fatal March hit and run

For more than two months, the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) sought the driver of an unknown vehicle that fatally struck and killed a pedestrian on Blaney Road during the early morning hours of March 1.

May 15, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Company seeks support for cycling event

As Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) waits to hear if the city of Camden will provide $24,000 in hospitality tax (HTAX) funds in conjunction with its bid for a 2014 national go-kart championship, a Mt. Pleasant-based company is making a request for assistance for a bicycle racing event at the track.

May 13, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


What Sanford win says about S.C.

Somehow, the man who walked the Appalachian Trail all the way to Argentina to see his mistress got elected to Congress last Tuesday in a voting outcome that almost defies belief.

May 13, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lake Wateree could exceed flood stage later this week

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy opened a gate by 15 feet at Cedar Creek, just upstream from Lake Wateree. According to a copy of an email message sent by Duke Energy to members of the Lake Wateree Association, the company opened the gate due to significant rainfall in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

May 08, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Public records are public everywhere

I should really add the following to the headline of today's column: "...or at least they should be."

May 06, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A few items from the grab bag

This is one of those weeks where I don't have any one thing in particular to write about. That is due in part, at least, to the fact that I was sick most of last week with a touch of bronchitis. What fun.

April 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘Homeland security begins with hometown security’

Following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, local emergency officials, including those in Camden, met to discuss the need for security right here at home. Camden Fire Department Chief John Bowers briefed Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session about keeping the public safe in Camden.

April 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Ziemke steps back from KH board chairmanship

Saying he no longer wanted to be "a distraction," Scott Ziemke announced at the beginning of Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting that he was stepping back from his role as the board's chairman. He nominated Trustee Paul Napper, executive director of The ALPHA Center, to be his replacement. Trustees voted unanimously to elect Napper their chairman, with two abstentions: Napper as the nominee; and Trustee Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, who objected not to Napper, but to the process. Kershaw County Council appointed Napper in 2012; he began serving in October.

April 24, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Outdoor cafés could appear in Camden

Residents of and visitors to Camden who want to eat in an outdoor setting may get more of a chance to do so if Camden City Council passes an ordinance creating a new chapter to the city's code of ordinances. First reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday night.

April 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘You know nothing, John King’

In George R.R. Martin's fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire," a Wildling woman named Ygritte often tells one of the main characters "You know nothing, Jon Snow." She says it because Jon, a member of the Nightwatch guard, tends to jump to conclusions about her people based on the stories he's heard back in his home territory. Jon's mistakes are honest ones: he grew up hearing those stories, and it's hard to shake your upbringing. At least Jon's trying.

April 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘People really want change’

It's official: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, is launching his second campaign in three years to become South Carolina's next governor. Sheheen, a Democrat, ran in 2010 against current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, losing by only four percentage points. The official announcement came Wednesday, the day before "City of Camden Day at the South Carolina State House," during which he received the key of the city from Mayor Tony Scully. In return, Sheheen read a joint proclamation marking "City of Camden Day" in the Senate chamber as did State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk in the House chamber.

April 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


City of Camden Day at the S.C. State House

Dozens of legislators filed into the large meeting room at the Blatt Building, greeted by Camden Mayor Tony Scully, members of Camden City Council and city staff Thursday morning. It was City of Camden Day at the S.C. State House, the first ever for Kershaw County's principal municipality.

April 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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