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KH spent $400,000+ annual on legal services

KershawHealth spent $428,490 on legal services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and has spent another $466,140 in FY 2014 to date, as of June 30. KershawHealth spent that money on Nexsen Pruet, which has acted as the healthcare organization's legal counsel for 21 years.

August 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board votes to change law firms

During a short special called meeting Thursday evening, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously to do something it has not done since 1993: vote to change what law firm provides the board -- and the healthcare organization's -- legal services.

August 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


The last of the Enola Gay

There may still be about 1.4 million U.S. veterans of World War II still living, but the passing last week of Capt. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 93, in Stone Mountain, Ga., in many closes the story of that war.

August 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth may change charity care policy

Fewer people may be eligible for "free" care at KershawHealth if the healthcare system's board of trustees signs off on a "financial assistance policy" change. Currently, the charity care policy uses a "stair step" formula to determine how much assistance to provide lower income patients.

August 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fitch ups KH outlook, but lowers rating

Fitch Ratings upgraded its financial outlook for KershawHealth from "negative" to "stable" July 17, according to press releases issued by the ratings firm and KershawHealth on Tuesday. KershawHealth said Fitch upgraded the outlook as a reflection of the healthcare organization starting to implement its strategic plan.

August 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Council celebrates CFD Explorer accomplishments

They've become annual traditions. First, members of the Camden Fire Department's (CFD) Explorers program compete -- and win -- an Explorers competition in Myrtle Beach. Then, Camden City Council honors the Explorers with certificates of merit, giving the team a chance to show off their skills to council and the public.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


School board to tackle bonds, referendum

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will take up several matters relating in various ways to the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP) at a combined board and finance/facilities meeting slated for noon Tuesday.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH focuses on finances tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in its Health Resource Center on Battleship Road. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on financial matters as Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch reports on June's finances.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Prestage Farms owner arrested in Washington, D.C.

Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms and a Kershaw County resident, spent most of Wednesday and part of Thursday in a Washington, D.C., jail cell. According to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Prestage, 59, was arrested around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after officers discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun and a magazine with ammunition in a briefcase while trying to enter the Cannon House Office Building.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Three seeking two seats on Camden City Council

Jeffrey R. Graham, Deborah H. Davis and Bob Williams are the three names city of Camden voters will see on November ballots as they try to fill two open seats on Camden City Council.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


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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Camden celebrates completion of wastewater treatment plant

About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Van Horn Agency continues Kennedy Insurance’s 150-year legacy

As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Playing games teaches good choices

Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Council votes on power contract, bond reissue

In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden honors ‘Dr. Mac’ with Legacy bench

A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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