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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 a murder investigation.

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 a deputy while resisting arrest.

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 executing a search warrant of her home on the afternoon of Feb. 27.

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


WES may not be two-story

Unlike plans for the proposed new Camden and Lugoff elementary schools, it does not look like Wateree Elementary School (WES) will be constructed as a two-story facility.

March 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Camden comes out for Irish Fest

A ribbon cutting, children's parade, food, arts and crafts, bounce houses and musical acts brought hundreds of people to downtown Camden's Rutledge Street for the Montessori School of Camden's (MSC) first-ever Irish Fest on Saturday.

March 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | People & Places


Bus drivers unite against bullying

Hundreds of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) school bus drivers took an oath Feb. 17 to do everything they can to combat bullying on their buses. Taking the oath was the culmination of a months-long partnership with The ALPHA Center. The ALPHA Center helped drivers to identify types of bullying, what to do if they suspect bullying is going on, how bullying affects students and tips drivers can use to intervene in or prevent bullying.

March 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Too much testing going on

On April 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) into law. To many political historians, it is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of education-related legislation.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 3, 2017

A man who reportedly impersonated a police officer allegedly robbed a female driver from Virginia on I-20 eastbound around 11 p.m. Sunday.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Bid awarded for tennis complex

Camden City Council unanimously awarded a bid Tuesday night to Loveless Commercial Contracting for site and construction work of the city's proposed tennis complex on York Street between Campbell and Gordon streets.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


McMaster vetoes bill to annex old Bi-Lo shopping center

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed the city of Camden to annex the old Bi-Lo shopping center on Old River Road off West DeKalb Street. The shopping center is part of a "doughnut hole" that includes part of Old River Road and Smyrl Circle -- commercial and residential properties in Kershaw County's jurisdiction but surrounded by the city of Camden.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Students take some kind of test on 141 of 180 school days

On the evening of Feb. 21, members of the Kershaw County Board of Trustees watched green bars gradually fill up entire weeks on PowerPoint slides of the current school year calendar. Each of the bars represented a day of state testing teachers must administer and students must take.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Mayor’s Cup step show returns Saturday

The Mayor's Cup step show competition returns to the Camden High School gymnasium Saturday at 6 p.m. Jackson Teen Center Executive Director Brian Mayes, who has coordinated the step shows for many years, said 10 acts will compete for the Mayor's Cup -- the first competition under new Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan skeptical of EOC’s testing proposal

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan expressed skepticism of a recently updated proposal by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC) to create a "one report card system" for school accountability. Morgan is so skeptical, he has even written a letter to the county's legislative delegation saying the "proposal needs close scrutiny by legislators." It is a proposal, he told the delegation, with "significant flaws."

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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Crime Report - April 25, 2017

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer released a 19-year-old Sumter man after initially detaining him following a report that the young man had pointed a ...

April 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School board wants to tie SROs to growth funding

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, likely along with Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson ...

April 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


City council meets tonight

Camden City Council will meet tonight at 6 p.m. There will be no afternoon work session.

April 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Another tale from the Pulitzers

A Facebook post by a friend of mine reminded me that there was another Pulitzer Prize winner I wanted to mention last week.

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


New ATEC design unveiled

The new Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) will sport a revised design when it is completed in mid-2019. Thanks to voter-approved referenda authorizing Kershaw County ...

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Another CMA cadet to get West Point ‘experience’

For the second year in a row, a Camden Military Academy (CMA) cadet will attend the U.S. Military Academy's Summer Leadership Experience (SLE ...

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Man gets 20 years for molesting girls in 2013

Charles Richard Bradberry, 37, of Columbia pleaded guilty April 14 to two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor victim ages 11-14 ...

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Burndale’s history filled with tenants

Contractors are now in the process of removing asbestos from and demolishing the old Burndale Shopping Center. Even before work began -- currently focused on the ...

April 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Crime Report - April 18, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man for possession with intent to distribute marijuana April 12.

April 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Small papers can do big things

As of 2015, there were 1,331 daily newspapers. That includes dailies in smaller communities, but the vast number of "small" communities is where weekly ...

April 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City council approves demolition funding resolution

At least eight more -- and possibly 10 -- blighted homes could be demolished in the coming weeks in Camden. Tuesday evening, Camden City Council unanimously passed ...

April 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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