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On 7-2 vote, school board goes for second referenda

Kershaw County residents will have another chance to vote on a pair of school construction-related referenda in November 2016. Exactly what form those referenda will take is yet to be seen.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CMA Blackjacks win first national drill competition

For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing's grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CMS, CHS, L-EHS academic teams head to state championships

Do you know the answers to these questions (answers at end of story):

March 18, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


A man of reconciliation

There is likely no one word to describe attorney John Stringer Rainey, who died at the age of 73 on Saturday following a short illness. The one most usually ascribed to him is "philanthropist." One dictionary definition of the word states a philanthropist is "a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous of money to good causes." In speaking with those who knew him well, or who came to know him in recent years because of their involvement with him, one finds John Rainey went beyond mere philanthropy. That could easily be said of ...

March 18, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden philanthropist John Rainey dies at 73

Camden philanthropist John S. Rainey, best known locally for his sponsorship of "Reconciliation," the statuary depicting Larry Doby and Bernard Baruch in front of the Camden Archives and Museum, died Saturday at the age of 73 following a short illness.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: Sunshine Week -- Your right to know

This week marks the 10th annual observance of Sunshine Week by, primarily, the nation's newspapers, but other forms of media as well.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board to vote on new referenda development

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with developing a pair of new construction-related referenda and, if so, to accept a draft timeline for that development.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: When justice is derailed, we all lose

I'm not the bloodthirsty sort. I don't usually cry out for devastating vengeance against groups or individuals. If there was one person I wanted to know was heading to the electric chair, however, it was Nickolas Jermaine Miller, who will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for brutally murdering Beverly Hope Melton in December 2011.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board continues referenda discussion

At its March 3 meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees heard a presentation from County Planner Carolyn Hammond on the pending build-out of more than 2,100 residential lots, nearly all in the West Wateree. Seventeen hundred of those lots would be in one subdivision called Coldbranch.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive annual safety report tonight

Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board hears county growth report

With the inclusion of a 15- to 20-year residential project called Coldbranch, Kershaw County could see residential construction on 2,130 new lots during coming years. How the county -- including the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) -- will deal with that growth was the subject of a presentation County Planning & Zoning Department Director Carolyn Hammond made to the Kershaw County Board of Trustees on Monday night.

March 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


All-County Academic Teams: 20 years

A conversation 20 years ago between Victor Jowers and his wife, Sarah, created an academic legacy which has lasted ever since. Jowers said he was looking at the Chronicle-Independent and other newspapers and saw how they were recognizing the county's top athletes.

March 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Net neutrality is finally here

For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH finances rebound, but still suffering losses

KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘Critical, hazardous’ fixes at Zemp to only cost $5,000

It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.

February 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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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


Cahn: ‘Madam Secretary’ is terrific TV

From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH board to go over financials tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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