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Douglass House another D.C. stop to make

Not long ago, I wrote about my sons and I taking our "Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break" trip to see my father outside Washington, D.C. In that column, I talked about visiting College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Md., and how I was inspired to think about getting a similar museum built -- someday -- here in Camden at Woodward Field.

June 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘You Are Vi+al’

During a special invitation-only event Thursday afternoon and evening at the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School on Lakeshore Drive in Camden, KershawHealth launched a new "employee engagement" campaign. The campaign, called "You Are Vi+al" (the "+" -- actually an orange colored healthcare symbol -- represents the letter "t"), features six 2-1/2 to 3 minute videos celebrating employees who go "above and beyond" for KershawHealth's patients, visitors, fellow employees and others.

May 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Elgin dedicates Military Salute Memorial

A large crowd gathered at Potter Community Park on Memorial Day to dedicate the town's new Military Salute Memorial. The memorial features seven flag poles, each flying a separate flag to honor the county's veterans. In addition to the American and South Carolina state flags, the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard flags were raised along with a POW/MIA flag.

May 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


KCSO deputy nabs Anderson murder suspect

An alert Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy nabbed a man wanted for murder in Anderson County on Saturday while on patrol as part of enhanced enforcement during the Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Thinking of grandfathers on Memorial Day

I didn't like the military very much while I was growing up. I could chalk that up to being a pre-teen and early teenager during the Vietnam years when -- quite unfortunately -- this country didn't treat its vets very well. I think I also didn't deal well with authority figures since I grew up kind of scrawny and was bullied a bit as a kid.

May 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CPD to honor officers at CCC work session

The Camden Police Department (CPD) will honor two officers and a state constable during Camden City Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.

May 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Dogs, owners mix it up at Grace Episcopal dog show

For the 78th year, dogs of every shape, size and personality filled up the southeast corner of Rectory Square along with their owners for Grace Episcopal Church's annual spring dog show.

May 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Getting rid of the pain in my neck

Since the end of August, I have been the pain in my own neck. I suffered whiplash at that time, aggravating a pair of already bulging discs that had bothered me the year before. I've been in pain ever since.

May 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


New flag football league for kids to start June 16

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice statistics show that most crime involving youth and teen sex resulting in pregnancy take place between 6 and 9 p.m., according to Brain Mayes, newly hired director of the Jackson Teen Center. To keep both boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 off the streets and out of trouble, Mayes has teamed up with the ALPHA Center, city of Camden and Kershaw County Recreation Department to create a new summer nighttime flag football league.

May 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


FAC seeks $50K city Blues Festival sponsorship

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County wants the city to become lead sponsor of the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, to the tune of $50,000 in hospitality tax (HTAX) funds. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb made the proposal to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon. The Blues Festival is held each year during the first weekend in October.

May 16, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


What are the consequences of closing BES?

When I first moved into Kershaw County in 1999, I lived just inside the Cassatt zip code, close to Camden's. The following year, I began working for this newspaper as a staff reporter. My beats comprised covering the city of Camden, including crime; healthcare, especially as related to KershawHealth; and the town of Bethune.

May 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Work session, meeting on tap for city council

Camden City Council will hold both a work session and regular meeting Tuesday. The work session will include a request for the city to once again sponsor the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb will make the presentation, a draft of which mentions that the city is "at the brink" of a new emphasis on tourism to stimulate the local economy.

May 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Lois Rhame West - 1921-2014

John Carl "Jack" West Jr. remembered his mother, Lois, as being strict while he was a child.

May 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


A waterfowl weekend

There's a good chance that at least one, if not most, of about 20 teenage boys from Camden experienced their first real taste of nature recently. The group of at-risk youth, accompanied by Family Outreach Ministries' Brian Mayes and ALPHA Center Director Paul Napper traveled to Camp Woodie in Pinewood the weekend of April 26. At the camp, which serves as headquarters for the S.C. Waterfowl Association (SCWA), the boys canoed, shot at clay targets, learned about plants and animals on nature hikes and did a bit of stargazing. The boys went to the camp for free, thanks ...

May 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Discovering new music to enjoy

Back at the end of January in this space, I mentioned my use of Spotify to discover new music to listen to in addition to managing an extensive collection of music dating back ... well, let's just say a long time.

May 05, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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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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