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Cahn: Maybe we do need to raise the gas tax

An interesting intersection of circumstances has come up in regards to our roads.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH starts to feel pinch from ACA focus on quality

KershawHealth will lose money in 2015 for a very specific reason: new quality performance standards which became law Jan. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board to hold preliminary budget discussion

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and CFO Donnie Wilson will lead a preliminary discussion of the district's 2015-2016 budget at a Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting set for Tuesday evening.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Pat Watts, long-time FAC, DAR supporter passes

A long-time supporter of both the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is being mourned today. Patricia "Pat" Plyler Watts died Tuesday at the age of 79.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CFD honors firefighters of the year at council meeting

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recognized two of its top firefighters during Tuesday nights' Camden City Council meeting. CFD Chief John Bowers announced Lt. Chris Tidwell as the CFD's 2014 Career Firefighter of the Year and retired Capt. Gene Parnell as its Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SLED still investigating Folsom shooting

U.S. Marshals who fatally shot a federally convicted Camden accountant Dec. 5, 2014, notified the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) they were coming into Kershaw County the day before, but chose not to have the county's chief deputy accompany them.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crescent Communities sell-off includes Kershaw County land

Crescent Communities LLC, a real estate offshoot of Duke Energy, recently closed on the sale of thousands of acres of land in South Carolina, most in Kershaw County. Portions of the property also lie in Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Cahn: We’re all part of ‘Team Civilization’

I'm having to do it again. It's a compulsion, I suppose, but at least it's a good one, in my opinion. Once again, I see some people on Facebook or other spots on the internet calling for the utter destruction of "Muslims" or "Islam."

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. The relatively light agenda includes a quality committee report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom which will touch on a "pay for performance" update.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to hear Equine Foundation presentation

Representatives from the S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation (SCEPF) will speak before Camden City Council during its meeting Tuesday night. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.; there will be no afternoon work session. SCEPF officials are expected to update council on a $250,000 grant application to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth sees 215 flu cases in one week

In one recent week, KershawHealth recorded 215 positive rapid flu tests. According to Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection control and prevention, those 215 positive tests came back during the week ending Dec. 27. Guild said that is the highest number of positive flu tests this season.

January 07, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: We made it to the future

(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)

January 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn no longer 'interim' KershawHealth CEO; gets raise with amended contract

Terry Gunn is no longer the "interim" chief executive officer (CEO) for KershawHealth. With a moderate raise and a substantial retention bonus attached, Gunn is now the permanent CEO of the county's public healthcare system.

December 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: ‘Mr. BB’ is my Person of the Year

I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.

December 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


McDowell Road bridge replacement starts Monday

Monday, a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) contractor will begin replacing McDowell Road bridge, one of only 90 in the state being replaced as part of a special state-federal program funded under S.C. Act 98.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


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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


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


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


‘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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