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Man robs Markette at gunpoint

A man robbed the Markette in Lugoff at gunpoint, getting away with some cash early Saturday morning. The store is located in a triangle formed by the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 601.

April 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Supreme Court gets it wrong again

It seems like every year, I have to write a story about how the U.S. Supreme Court is continuing to make campaign finances worse and worse. In 2010, it was the court's Citizens United decision. In 2012, the court's refusal to even reconsider the Citizens United case. In 2013, I wrote about the arguments made in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC).

April 07, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Dr. Daisy Alexander spent life teaching math and helping people

Dr. Daisy Alexander could do fairly complex mathematical calculations in her head. That might not be a surprise to the thousands of students she taught during her 40-year career in Kershaw County schools, but how she used it might.

April 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


City changes Historic Camden sewer project again

The city of Camden is working on a plan that would keep the city from having to dig a trench on Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site property on the west side of Broad Street. Thursday, City Manager Mel Pearson said the city now hopes to install sections of a force main sewer line around Rhame Arena on the east side of Broad Street. That would follow part of a path already planned for a gravity sewer line being installed as part of the same project, he said.

April 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The Boykin Spaniel comes home for national trial

The story goes something like this: sometime in the early 1900s -- likely between 1905 and 1910 -- Alec White was approaching his church in Spartanburg, close to finishing the 15-minute walk from his home, when he came across a little brown spaniel-looking dog. Accounts differ as to exactly which church White attended (most likely First Presbyterian) or whether or not the stray managed to get inside the church. The one fact that has held up during the 100 years is that the dog was waiting outside for him and followed him home.

April 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


KH's Gunn allowed to be client of former firm

By consensus, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recently approved a request from interim CEO Terry Gunn to become a client of his former consulting firm, Charter Resource Group (CRG) of Brentwood, Tenn. Gunn brought the request to the board during its March 24 meeting and had CRG founder Mark Arnold speak to trustees. Adams told the board he has mentored Gunn for most of his adult life.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fifty minus one and counting

In 362 days, I will be 50 years old. That means I am already three days into my 50th year of life. In other words, Friday was my 49th birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Buses crash on I-20 on way to Cup

One commercial motor coach bus crashed into another on I-20 Saturday morning as both buses swerved to avoid a couch that had, somehow, ended up on the highway. S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the crash took place around 9 a.m. and kept the eastbound side of the highway shut down for approximately two and a half hours. The two buses were carrying a total of around 100 people to the Cup, Jones said.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Historic Camden asks for sewer project change

Tuesday morning, city of Camden officials went down to Broad and Bull streets to instruct a contractor to delay some work on a major sewer project involving Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Tuesday afternoon, Camden City Council spent nearly an hour deciding what to do about a request from the Historic Camden Foundation Board to change the proposed path of a new force main being installed along Broad Street.

March 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council authorizes ‘road diet’ grant application

On a split, 3-2, vote, Camden City Council passed a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a federal grant to help cover the costs of a proposed "road diet" for a portion of Broad Street.

March 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Driver shot to death on Black River Road

Despite the efforts of a brand-new Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy Saturday morning, a 25-year-old Camden man died later that night.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Main Street SC manager to speak to city

Beppie LeGrand, manager of Main Street SC, will speak before Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session. Council members will also receive a copy of a Main Street SC application for the city to complete should it choose to reenter the program. Camden participated in the Main Street program -- a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) and accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center -- in the mid-1990s.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


An award and an honorable mention

I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


With little warning, Social Security closes Camden office

The Social Security Administration permanently closed the doors on its Camden office inside 1111 Broad St. on Friday, March 7. There appeared to be little notice to the public with clients contacting the media asking what had happened and others showing up at its second floor offices trying to get in.

March 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Time to spread some Sunshine again

"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Long-time Camden resident part of historic WWII mission

It took 40 years for William G. "Bill" Major, who died Sunday at the age of 92, to talk about what he saw in the early days of August 1945.

July 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH hits 100 percent on core measures for third straight month

As predicted at Monday's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, the healthcare system scored 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row in June. The measures, reported to The Joint Commission, are shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences and otherwise ensure excellent care for patients who go to KershawHealth for treatment of particular conditions or illnesses.

July 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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