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2012: the year in review - Part I

The new year is almost upon us, which makes it time once again for the Chronicle-Independent to look back at the year that is almost done. Some of the biggest stories of 2012 continued from 2011; others will continue into 2013. Perhaps the biggest news? The fact that all of us are here to read this year-end review as an ancient Mayan prophecy the world would end Friday was proven false.

December 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Getting through the holidays

This is turning out to be one of the tougher holidays for a lot of Americans. The economy continues to be a problem as we nervously wait to see if we'll go over a fiscal cliff, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has cast a pall over the holiday spirit.

December 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


SWRTA to end Medicaid transportation

In just a few days, the Santee Wateree Rural Transportation Authority (SWRTA) will stop providing transportation to Medicaid patients. Shutting down such transportation after Dec. 31 will end 27 years of service to Medicaid patients, affecting not only Kershaw County, but Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Sumter counties.

December 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Retiring archives director to focus on personal projects

Howard Branham stood in front of an exhibit cabinet in the museum wing of the Camden Archives and Museum Friday morning as about 40 people stopped by to wish him well on his retirement. They included fellow members of city staff, members of the Friends of the Archives and Museum and members of the Camden Archives and Museum Commission.

December 19, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Asst. Solicitor Moak resigns amid allegations

Ron Moak, of Camden, an assistant solicitor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office in Kershaw County, resigned Dec. 10 following several allegations. Solicitor Dan Johnson, through his director of communications, Nicole Holland, confirmed Moak's resignation.

December 19, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Council focuses on audit, BAR proposal

Aside from moving forward with its search for a replacement for outgoing City Manager Kevin Bronson, Camden City Council focused on finances and whether or not to create a board of architectural review during its work session Dec. 11. The 2012 fiscal year ended nearly six months ago on June 30.

December 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Read a textbook in 2013?

A couple of months ago, I "rejoined" LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals. I got back in to it because the network was beginning to expand from simply helping people network for that next big job to helping them with their current jobs. A few friends and family members had also joined up at the same time that LinkedIn began adding some more news-oriented and thought-provoking features.

December 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Council tables procurement policy on 3-2 vote

Camden City Council voted Tuesday to table first reading of an ordinance that would reaffirm and amend a procurement policy written into the city's employee handbook. Tuesday night's vote is the latest chapter in a nearly two-year-old struggle over the policy.

December 14, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The $1 million man

Austin Meyer was driving along I-77 in Columbia a number of years ago, thinking about a design for a single-engine jet plane. Meyer, who's designed airplanes for most of his adult life, figured the new jet could get him -- or anyone else, for that matter, where they were going just a little faster. It would just take a bit of engineering … and a few million dollars.

December 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Heavy agendas to greet new council members

Newly elected Camden Mayor Tony Scully and Councilwoman Laurie Parks will be greeted at their first work session and regular meeting with thick agendas Tuesday. Council will not meet again until January.

December 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Gang shooting was ‘shock to system’

I shivered slightly when I realized that this Friday night, Dec. 7, is the exact five year anniversary of the night 17-year-old Camden High School student Michael Smith died of a single gunshot blast to the chest, the first and so far only Kershaw County victim of a gang-related shooting.

December 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth is Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

"This is a big deal," Dr. Shawn Conwell told the KershawHealth Board of Trustees at its Nov. 26 meeting.

December 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Emotions run high at last council meeting for Graham, Partin

Some drama, a "sermon" and a tearful good-bye highlighted Mayor Jeffrey Graham and Councilman Pat Partin's last Camden City Council meeting Tuesday night. Emotions ran high during both actual business and in the parting words Partin, leaving council after 12 years, and Graham, as outgoing mayor, spoke at meeting's end.

November 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SC ENT faces no criminal charges

Although the United States government is named on and may benefit from a pending federal whistleblower case filed against a Kershaw County-based ear, nose and throat practice, it is not directly involved in the case. Also, the defendants in that case are not facing any criminal charges.

November 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Healthcare changes sooner than later

In case you haven't noticed, there's something called "Obamacare" that is changing healthcare in the United States. It's been controversial, especially during the recent presidential election.

November 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Cahn: Has it really been 15 years?

By mid-June of 2000, I was so fed up and frustrated, I needed counseling.

July 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parents return bank robbery suspect to jail after escape

The parents of a suspect arrested for the June 23 Sandhills Bank robbery in Bethune drove their son back to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on Wednesday after he escaped earlier in the day.

July 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Capella letter of intent extended again

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee voted unanimously Thursday night to extend a letter of intent (LOI) concerning the pending takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare, of Franklin, Tenn., to July 31.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Man killed in single car crash Thursday night

A 43-year-old man died Thursday night after apparently running through a stop sign at a T-intersection and driving into a wooded area.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


IRS to auction Old Armory inventory, van July 15

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will auction off Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant's inventory and a van belonging to the restaurant on July 15.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


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