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When is a vacation not a vacation?

I don't know exactly when it happened -- sometime after I got married, I suspect -- but I can't remember the last time I took a vacation that was, actually a vacation.

October 15, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City council clashes over purchasing policy

Back in January 2011, Camden City Council unanimously passed an ordinance repealing the city's procurement code. At that same meeting, council also adopted a new procurement administrative policy on a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Pat Partin absent that evening. Councilman Willard Polk voted against the measure after a motion he made to add a section failed to be seconded.

October 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


No written criteria in drug fund ‘donations’ case

The city of Camden has been unable to locate any written criteria that may have been used by suspended City Attorney Charles Cushman to dismiss charges against municipal court defendants in exchange for "donations" to the Camden City Drug Fund, according to City Manager Kevin Bronson.

October 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Proclamations on city agenda

Camden City Council will consider five different proclamations during its regular meeting Tuesday. Those proclamations would name:

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


We are the cornerstone of Kershaw County

Once or twice a year while living in the Washington, D.C., area as a child, my father would drive me and my sister to New York's Long Island to visit my grandparents, Ira and Barbara Cahn. They lived in Wantaugh, but spent much of their waking hours -- as well as time they should have been sleeping -- a little east of there in Massapequa.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Missing man found dead

Family members, hospice patients and the community are mourning the death of Ricky Alan Courtney, the 53-year-old KershawHealth hospice nurse who went missing after leaving his home in Camden's Kirkover Hills neighborhood two weeks ago.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City council candidates tackle Htax, transparency

Only about 70 people showed up for an "educated voters" forum Tuesday night at Camden High School featuring four candidates for two seats available on Camden City Council. A separate forum will be held Monday, Oct. 22, for two mayoral candidates.

October 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Few attend BAR public input meeting

Only a few Camden residents showed up Sept. 27 for a public input meeting on a proposal to transform the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a board of architectural review (BAR). Former CHLC member Kay Kinard and a man who declined to be identified joined City Planner Shawn Putnam, CHLC Chair Laurie Parks, current CHLC members Rick Trott and Nancy Wylie, and consultants Cheryl Matheny and Carol Rhea.

October 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Htax lawsuit moved to November

A lawsuit challenging the city's use of hospitality taxes for the construction of a proposed sports complex in Camden has been moved from Thursday to Nov. 1.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


S.C. Supreme Court suspends Cushman

The S.C. Supreme Court placed Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman on interim suspension Friday, suspending his license to practice law in the state of South Carolina until further notice. Camden City Council voted to place Cushman, who also acted as the city's municipal court prosecutor, on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 20, one day after he turned himself in to the Kershaw County Detention Center on misconduct in office charges. On Sept. 25, council voted to hire the Pope Zeigler law firm, with three of its lawyers acting as interim city attorneys; and Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal ...

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man missing more than a week

For eight days, family members and the Camden Police Department (CPD) have been worried about Ricky Alan Courtney. According to a CPD report, his wife said the last time she saw or heard from him was around noon Monday, Sept. 24.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Outgoing KH board members say ‘good-bye’ as they approve budget

At a time when healthcare is going through so many changes itself, KershawHealth's board of trustees is seeing a change as well. Sept. 24, the board celebrated the tenure of four outgoing members: Chairman Jody Brazell and trustees Dr. Marguerite Carlton, Carolyn Hampton and Earnest Witherspoon. Each completed their full six-year terms of, as KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks put it, "faithful and productive service."

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Council hires interim city attorneys

Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to name Pope Zeigler LLC and three of its lawyers -- co-founder Margaret Pope, Gary Pope and Lawrence Flynn -- as interim city attorneys. Council also voted unanimously to name Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal & Sheheen LLP, as interim city prosecutor. Councilman Pat Partin was absent.

September 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


C-I files FOIA request in Cushman case

The Chronicle-Independent delivered copies of a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Monday to the city of Camden in relation to misconduct in office charges against suspended City Attorney Charles Cushman. The FOIA request is addressed to City Manager Kevin Bronson and Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd, with a copy delivered to Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

September 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Diamonds from the beginning

"Dimplez" and "Havoc" have been part of the Kershaw County step team program since they were 9 and 10 years old, respectively.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Old Burndale Shopping Center to be demolished

A long-vacant, but long-time landmark in Camden will be demolished in the coming weeks.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 17, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reported the following recent incidents:

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


New ALPHA Center to be built on Ehrenclou Drive

The ALPHA Center, currently housed at the south end of Mill Street, will build a new $2.5 million facility on a 4-acre lot on ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


From Wallingford to Camden

It's cliché to say someone's life has prepared them for their latest role, but it may actually be true for Katharine Spadacenta.

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


GPS coordinates lead to murder investigation

The case of a missing Bethune man is now a murder investigation.

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law enforcement, businesses team up for memorials

For many years, drivers along any number of roadways, including I-20 in Kershaw County, have seen roadside memorials erected by people mourning loved ones who ...

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Davis case is now murder investigation

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews just released a statement saying that, based on preliminary autopsy information on Adam Ray Davis, 30, this case is now ...

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


South Carolina without the FOIA

(Sunday is the beginning of Sunshine Week, a national celebration through March 18 of access to public information.)

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 10, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 50-year-old Cassatt man after he allegedly stole one of his father's vans and, later, assaulted ...

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


2017-2018 school year to start Aug. 17

Students will start school this fall a little earlier than originally planned -- Thursday, Aug. 17, to be exact.

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cassatt woman, 64, arrested for trafficking heroin

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested Doris Hopkins Lester, 64, of Cassatt Road, Cassatt on various drug charges, including trafficking heroin after ...

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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