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If I chose my ‘People of the Year’ today

For many of my 16 years here at the C-I, I have picked out people and/or organizations I believe to be worthy of praise for the year.

February 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 10, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) may charge a 35-year-old Elgin man with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after allegedly taking control of his former roommate's vehicle while riding in it as a passenger a little after noon on Feb. 4, causing it to wreck.

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


KCSO launches ‘Name our New Kershaw County K9’

The 13-month-old female black lab got on her hind legs to jump up to Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Justin Spivey's chest. She was excited and playful, as she and Spivey waited for Sheriff Jim Matthews to speak to a few people on Tuesday about finding a name for the KCSO's newest K9 unit. His plan is to have elementary school students -- whether in public, private or home schools -- help name the dog.

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


Meet the mayor

Eschewing the high-back chair behind her desk at Camden City Hall, recently elected Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford chose a chair near her office's door. She said it is a more comfortable and relaxed way to meet with staff, constituents and others. A moment earlier, City Manager Mel Pearson sat in a similar chair near the window as they discussed city business.

February 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Five firms hired for 11 referenda projects

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved the selection of five construction management at risk firms to work on 11 different projects on a list and funded by a penny sales tax voters by referenda in November's general election.

February 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


LF-R getting ‘bounce house’ obstacle course

Most children, when they think of fire departments, get excited about fire trucks -- ladder trucks, engines, rescue vehicles and pumpers -- and, perhaps, dream of being firefighters one day.

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


A miracle named Brayden

On Friday, Jan. 27, the parents of a 3-year-old Lugoff boy pulled from the bottom of a pool four days earlier were told their son might not ever wake up. During the next seven days, that boy not only woke up, but became more and more responsive and able to support himself while standing at least once.

February 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Lugoff-Elgin


One arrested, one sought in check cash robbery

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a Camden man and are seeking another for robbing the Check Into Cash on East DeKalb Street in Camden.

February 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School board may choose referendum project firms

Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees may choose one or more firms to build projects approved by voters for construction and funding by referenda in November. At its Jan. 17 meeting, the board unanimously chose Pike-McFarland-Hill Consultants to assist members with choosing at least one, if not several, "construction management at risk" firms.

February 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Taking immigration personally

I take the new administration's current immigration policy very personally because it seems to be an attempt to keep people of a particular religion out of our country. I was born, raised and culturally identify myself as Jewish. I was also taught to respect all religions.

February 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Threatening letters

At 22, Alexis Gilmore has already dealt with more physical, mental and emotional trauma than some women twice her age. More than five years ago, Gilmore met Jeffrey Aaron Betrand, who was 21 at the time, through Tagged.com, a social media website. She was 15 years old and, by her own account, overweight with feelings of low self-esteem.

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


Crime Report - Feb. 3, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of a man they say robbed the Youngs gas station/convenience store on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden on Wednesday night.

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


Crime Report - Jan. 31, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a North Augusta woman and a man from North Myrtle Beach for trafficking methamphetamine around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 21 around the 90 mile marker eastbound on I-20.

January 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Man arrested after two-hour standoff

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 32-year-old Elgin man Wednesday morning following a two-hour standoff at the man's home. According to a KCSO incident report, deputies Jason Marsh, 32, of Chestnut Circle, Elgin, on one count each of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I, II or III drug and possession of methamphetamine following the standoff.

January 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Threatening letters

Camden Police Department (CPD) Lt. Penny Lloyd carried a completely stuffed white 2-inch, 3-ring binder into Investigations Lt. Herbie Frasier's office. The only thing printed on the front was a case number: 2015-0648. Inside was page after page of incident reports, investigative notes and more, including handwritten letters.

January 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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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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