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Stories of the federal shutdown

This week is National Newspaper Week but I felt that the federal government shutdown was more important and was struck by several things during the week I wanted to share.

October 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden’s Bill Byars supported SCDC as governor, legislature supported him

It's hard to argue with the numbers: the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) has reduced its inmate population almost to 1998 levels and begun generating a surplus after several years of severe deficits.

October 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Proclamations, resolutions fill city agenda

Camden City Council will take up five proclamations and three resolutions during its regular meeting Tuesday. Council will not hold an afternoon work session.

October 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden’s Byars retires as SCDC director

Bill Byars spent his last day as the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) Monday. It marked the third time Byars, who lives in Kershaw County just north of Camden, has retired from some type of public or government service.

October 04, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Hundreds attend Fire Fest on Saturday

Hundreds of people -- perhaps several thousand -- attended Camden's 18th annual Fire Fest at Rhame Arena Saturday. Many of those people lined a long stretch of Broad Street to watch as hundreds of fire trucks and related vehicles -- some vintage and some from as far away as Pennsylvania -- paraded through the city to the arena. Those same people cheered as a pair of skydivers, one trailing South Carolina's Palmetto flag, the other the American flag, landed in a field behind the arena.

October 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Watch that acetaminophen dosage

Did you know that if you follow the first line of directions on a bottle of extra strength acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol and its generic copies) you can actually exceed the safe amount you can take in 24 hours?

September 30, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CCC splits on design guidelines rewrite bid

A majority of Camden City Council voted Tuesday night to award a more than $47,000 bid to a Colorado firm to rewrite design guidelines used by the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC). An attempt to table the vote failed, 2-3, followed by a lengthy discussion and a 3-2 vote to award the bid to Winter & Company of Boulder, Colo.

September 27, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth board votes for employee pay increase

On a night when the KershawHealth Board of Trustees was saying good-bye to three of its own and welcoming their replacements, trustees voted unanimously Monday to give a 2.25 percent across-the-board salary increase to employees beginning Oct. 1.

September 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Power outage hits Camden neighborhood Monday

Tree limbs are believed responsible for a more than two-hour power outage in the northeast section of downtown Camden Monday night. Public Works Director Tom Couch said the outage affected the Chesnut Street circuit starting between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

September 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘The Drumhead’ of conspiracy

Last week, I used a TV series to talk about bullies. This week, it's conspiracy theories through the lens of a single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (commonly referred to as TNG).

September 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City, county may continue tourism partnership

Camden City Council will consider signing an intergovernmental agreement with Kershaw County that would pool portions of each side's accommodation tax revenues to fund a tourism development director position employed by the city. Council will consider the agreement during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

September 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Arnett Muldrow kick-off

How to define Camden? That is the central question surrounding a new effort to market the city to tourists that kicked off Wednesday night at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. Using a series of three "fun" questions, Tripp Muldrow, of Greenville-based marketing firm Arnett Muldrow, got most of about 75 residents to help describe Camden:

September 20, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Under the Dome’s’ Big Jim

I've always been a physically small person. As I'm sure many of you can imagine, that led to being bullied quite a bit as a younger person. In fact, I'd dare say that it wasn't until my sophomore year of college that most of the folks around me matured enough not to engage in such behavior.

September 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Why we must go after Assad

I'm going to head some folks off at the pass right from the start with this column because I know they'll be fuming just from reading my headline.

September 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Utility improvements coming to Dusty Bend

The city of Camden may spend more than $630,000 to for utility and other improvements to both Dusty Bend and two locations in downtown Camden.

September 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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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


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