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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


Lots on tap for city council

Camden City Council will be busy today with full agendas for both an afternoon work session and regular meeting.

February 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized planets in a previously discovered solar system's habitable zone.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 24, 2017

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) reported a high number of motor vehicle break-ins and thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


833 South Broad

Thanks to the magic of memories, Rengy Cobb Marshall was able to stand inside 833 South Broad at multiple points in time: Feb. 15, 2017, and any number of days in the 1960s.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Trying to solve a Coca-Cola history mystery

There is a bit of mystery surrounding the history of 833 South Broad, currently the home of a venue of the same name and Dancin' on Broad. For much of the last 20 years, many people have remembered it as an antique mall. People with longer memories often refer to it as the old Coca-Cola bottling plant.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Man charged with arson for setting own home on fire

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested a Lugoff man on Thursday for allegedly setting his own home on fire Wednesday morning. According to a SLED press release, agents arrested Marvin Leonard Hill, 60, of Longstreet Road, Lugoff and charged him with two counts of second-degree arson.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


School accountability/report system proposed

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will hear a presentation during its meeting tonight about a proposed combined accountability/report system developed by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC). The S.C. General Assembly directed the EOC to develop the proposal under legislation passed during its 2016 session. The EOC adopted the proposal in January and it is supposed to meet federal and state requirements.

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CHS 9th graders learn ‘The Value of Education’

On the morning of Feb. 13, a large number of Camden High School (CHS) ninth graders filled up tables set up on the ground floor of the Price House. They were there to hear CHS coaches Dennis Beckley and Natalie Jeffcoat, Camden Middle School (CMS) Principal Byron Johnson and former Temple University professor Dr. Ernestyne Adams talk about "The Value of Education," the theme of the Price House Commission's Black History Month program. Price House Commissioner Clifton H. Anderson organized the program.

February 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSO arrests man after vehicle chase through woods

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Lugoff man Wednesday on multiple charges following a car chase through a wooded area in the Lugoff-Elgin area.

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


Dispatchers, EMS are heroes, too

After writing up my recent stories on 3-year-old Brayden, the little boy who survived a drowning incident several weeks ago, I received an email from Kershaw County Emergency Management Services (EMS) Deputy Director Gerald Blanchard.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - Feb. 17, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Lugoff men following an assault that allegedly took place around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


A look in alternative mirrors

When I was very young, up to perhaps early junior high, I wanted to be a doctor. I thought it would be neat (and, even ...

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Chesterfield woman dies in collision

A Chesterfield woman died in Kershaw County in a head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. 1 in Cassatt. Kershaw County Coroner David West identified ...

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Young dancers brighten council meeting

Here's a sight you rarely, if ever, see: People dancing during a city council meeting. That's exactly what happened Tuesday night as seven ...

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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


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


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