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CMS student sings national anthem at Charlotte SkyShow

Louisa DeLoach got the chance to do something not many other 12-year-olds get to do: sing her country's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, in front of thousands of people before a baseball game on the Fourth of July.

July 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘So, how are you doing?’

The title of this week's column is the oft-asked question I've received since my surgery back on June 13. The polite thing to answer, of course, is "Oh, I'm fine."

July 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden dentist drowns in Lake Wateree

William J. Biggins, 61, a Camden dentist for more than 30 years, drowned Wednesday afternoon in Lake Wateree. According to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesperson Capt. Robert McCullough, Biggins drowned while swimming in the lake sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

July 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City closes deal with Beard for military collection

"This is an historic day," Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson declared in the Museum's Whitely Room a little after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

July 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Bethune woman accepts late father’s WWII POW medal

U.S. Army Pvt. Adrian D. Watkins served during the last years of the war, 1944 and 1945. Dropped behind enemy lines, he was later captured during the Battle of the Bulge, serving as a prisoner of war.

June 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Court ruling shows FOIA needs revision

Two years ago, I applauded a S.C. Court of Appeals ruling that Saluda County Council violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 2008 by adding to an already published agenda for one of its regular meetings. I did so because I, as I believe my fellow journalists do, that a) publishing an agenda provides proper notice to citizens of what a public body intends to consider at its regular meetings, and b) that adding items to an established agenda during a meeting is unfair to those citizens not in attendance who didn't know about something ...

June 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden taking steps to purchase former opera house

The city of Camden may purchase the building atop which the King Hagler Clock Towers sits at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets.

June 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The other 70th WWII anniversary

Most Americans -- and many Europeans, too -- celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day a few weeks ago. I've read some very touching accounts of veterans in their 90s, mostly American and British, getting the chance to visit Normandy one last time. But there is another 70th World War II anniversary to remember: June 15, 1944, a little more than a week after D-Day.

June 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


One last countdown for Casey Kasem

(Editor Martin L. Cahn is on vacation, recuperating from surgery. This column first ran on June 13, 2009, and is republished here at his request in light of recent news that Kasem's daughters were planning to remove him from life support during the last few days.)

June 16, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Beard Collection bond passes first reading

On split, 4-1, votes, with Councilman X. Willard Polk voting against, Camden City Council passed first readings of two ordinances Tuesday night to facilitate the issuance of a bond valued at up $700,000 in hospitality taxes (HTAX) to purchase Ross Beard's entire military collection. A portion of Beard's collection -- a vast array of vintage firearms, spy gear and material connected to Melvin Purvis' 1934 takedown of mobster John Dillinger -- is on loan to the Camden Archives and Museum. Other portions of the collection are in Beard's personal possession or housed at the S.C. Military Museum ...

June 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Runoffs set for Lt. Gov., state superintendent races

Republicans will have to return to the polls on June 24 to determine the election for lieutenant governor and the party's nominee for state superintendent of education. Democrats will also hold a runoff to determine that party's nomination for state superintendent of education.

June 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Matthews to be sheriff for four more years

(This story is now updated with results for school board seat Nos. 2 and 8.)

June 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


‘Chronicle’ is now 125 years old

The Chronicle-Independent hit a major milestone in May. We decided not to make a big deal out of it, especially since we're far more concerned about covering the stories of Kershaw County than being a story ourselves.

June 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Maxway property committee to make interim recommendation

During its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday, Camden City Council will hear a report and recommendation from the Maxway Property Development Commitment. According to documents attached to the work session agenda, Chairman Jon Fike is expected to recommend a "low-impact, low cost interim solution" for the property; the allocation of funds in support of that plan; and authorization to evaluate design proposals and site plans to complete the work.

June 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Degenhart named Physician of the Year, receives Order of the Palmetto

Dr. Vincent Degenhart said "it was a shock" to receive both the S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) 2014 Physician of the Year Award and the Order of the Palmetto at the same time a month ago. Degenhart was recognized for his work combating childhood obesity. He formed and chairs the S.C. Childhood Obesity Task Force.

June 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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