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Former sheriff McCaskill sues Matthews

Former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill is suing Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million in a defamation lawsuit filed Thursday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

July 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Graham named president of new mayors' association

For some time, a number of South Carolina mayors wished they could do even more to represent their cities and towns' interests on the state level. Earlier this year, those mayors decided to do something about.

July 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - July 6, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 46-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened to shoot an off-duty officer. The man allegedly made the threat Friday morning while the deputy, in plain clothes, was at a West DeKalb Street store.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Magistrate's office trimming DUI backlog

One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County's chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Making inroads in Camden

Several months ago, the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) heard a presentation by Jay Daniels with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Daniels came to talk about something called "complete streets." The idea, according to Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam, is for a community to have streets that serve as more than just conduits for automobiles.

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Legislators foil 'Trikki's' real intentions

Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Office purchase part of one KH physician deal

KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Proposed commission changes criticized

Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Byars expected home soon

Camden's Bill Byars, currently the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), is "expected to go home soon," according to a SCDOC spokesperson.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Vargas is why we need DREAM Act

While not as earth-shattering as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, I still remember the images of April 16, 2007.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Tempers flare as council discusses future of commissions

It started with a recommendation to change the name of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission. That didn't appear to be much of a problem during Camden City Council's work session Thursday afternoon. The only request came from Councilman Willard Polk who wanted to make sure a description of the commission's duties included specific verbiage about city parks.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


County hit by small earthquake

It was heard or felt in Elgin, Cassatt and Camden Friday afternoon. But exactly what was "it?"

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


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KershawHealth board hears quality report

During the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' March 23 meeting, Vice Chair Dr. Talullah Holmstrom provided what she said would be "robust report" from the board's quality committee.

March 30, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | News


Tax collection helps KH make $1.1 million in February

KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.

March 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth, Capella/MUSC deal extended

Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KCSD deferred maintenance list sent to committee

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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