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Hasty officially filing for clerk of court office

After 27 years working in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court's Office, Janet Hasty says she's just "not ready" to retire. Hasty began working in the office under Tillie Goodson and then Joyce McDonald, who recently announced her decision not to seek reelection.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Man who shot into ex-girlfriend’s home released on good behavior

An east Camden woman said she is "stunned" her ex-boyfriend -- who admitted to and was jailed for shooting into her home in July 2014 while she and her 11-year-old were home -- is already out of prison.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


On 5-1 vote, county council endorses VisionKershaw 2030

With a 5-1 vote during its March 8 meeting, a majority of Kershaw County Council endorsed the final draft of the VisionKershaw 2030 report. Presented by Heritage Bank Vice President Dennis Stuber, a member of the core group working on the vision document, and Santee-Lynches Council of Governments Economic and Community Sustainability Director Kyle Kelly, VisionKershaw 2030 lays out the framework for economic growth; effective land use; county service excellence; quality infrastructure and transportation; and a lifetime of education, health, culture and recreation for the next 14 years.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


State testing update on school board agenda tonight

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will get an overview of how the state's student testing program has changed during the last 10 years, including a look at how students are being assessed in the current school year.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Former Chairman Steve Kelly Jr. honored for service to county

A large crowd filled Kershaw County Council's chambers to nearly standing-room only capacity Tuesday afternoon to honor former Chairman Steve S. Kelly Jr. Among the many people on hand were so many former council members, current Chairman Julian Burns joked they had enough to fill several quorums.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Grand jury returns no-bill for Methe

The Kershaw County Grand Jury returned a no-bill on charges of voluntary manslaughter against Jimmy Joe Methe, the 49-year-old east Camden man arrested a month ago for fatally shooting 17-year-old Brandon Scott Spencer during what appeared to be an attempt to break into one of Methe's vehicles.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: ‘Open government is good government’

Next week is Sunshine Week across the country, the week where newspapers and other media focus on why -- as stated on the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press' Sunshine Week website -- "open government is good government."

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Scam using ‘Publishers Clearing House’ name hits Camden

The Camden Police Department (CPD) alerted citizens via Facebook on Tuesday it is investigating a scam being perpetrated by people claiming to be from the well-known Publishers Clearing House (PCH) sweepstakes. CPD officials said in the post they received word from local residents who received the fraudulent mail.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Special quilts by special students

Back in April 2015, ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper introduced a program called "Hidden Heroes" which would enable Renee Thompson's special needs students at Camden Elementary School (CES) to not only be more engaged in their learning, but with the outside world as well.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Citizens, district official address board on full-day 4K

Speaking as individual citizens, Camden City Councilman Jeffrey Graham and United Way of Kershaw County President Donny Supplee urged members of the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to find a way to expand its 4K offerings from half-day to full-day programs. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins also addressed trustees, indicating it not only cost more money to do so, but will actually serve fewer students. The topic came up during the board's March 1 meeting, a week ago.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


County to honor former Chairman Steve Kelly today

Kershaw County Council will honor former Chairman Steve S. Kelly Jr. today at 5 p.m., immediately before its regular 5:30 p.m. meeting.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 8, 2016

As many as six people may be facing attempted murder charges in connection with a Feb. 29 shooting incident on Dowey Court near Elgin.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO provides additional information in car break-ins case

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is providing more information regarding the arrest of four men in conjunction with dozens of automobile break-ins in the city of Camden and throughout the county.

March 04, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Construction, sales referenda move forward

Voters will have another chance to say "Yes" or "No" in November to a pair of referenda on construction projects being proposed by the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and whether or not to offset a resulting millage increase with a 1-cent sales tax.

March 04, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


McDonald not seeking reelection as clerk of court

In a brief announcement on the steps of the Kershaw County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, Kershaw County Clerk of Court Joyce McDonald announced she will not run for reelection this November.

March 04, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Cahn: What ‘The Artist’ meant to me

Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Burns, McLean travel in hopes of bringing business to county

Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns recently returned from Europe while Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean returned from China. The two trips mark ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Camden man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl

A 25-year-old man mentioned in Tuesday's weekly crime report as possibly contributing to the delinquency of a minor is now being charged with multiple ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Collision, drowning mark two deaths in two days

Two men died in separate incidents during a less than 24-hour period Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Stover’s Craig Jelks is 2016 KCSD Teacher of the Year

Loud cheers and happy tears greeted Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's announcement Thursday evening of the 2016 KCSD Teacher of ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Camden Kmart to close this summer

Sears Holding will close its Kmart store on West DeKalb Street in Camden in late July. Eligible employees will receive severance pay and have the ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


King Haigler subdivision may expand near PTHS

More houses may be coming to the King Haigler subdivision behind and adjacent to Pine Tree Hill Elementary School between S.C. 34 and Hermitage ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 26, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men in a single incident during which a KCSO traffic deputy caught them excessively speeding on ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: Members of Congress are people, too

As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Upchurch & Jowers, KCSD celebrate academics at 21st annual banquet

For the 21st year, Upchurch & Jowers and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) inducted the brightest seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Guidance counselors find novel ways to help students

A decrease in elementary school bus ride disciplinary actions. Helping middle school students prepare better for standardized tests. Giving high school students at risk for ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


School board to look at referendum ballot language

Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will begin looking at and discussing the actual wording of a pair of referenda to be placed ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - April 19, 2016

Camden officers arrested a 37-year-old Mullins man with grand larceny on April 12 following a traffic stop by a Kershaw County deputy after reports of ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns, Carpenter lay out state of the county, future at chamber breakfast

"Kershaw County is open for business" is the mantra Kershaw County Councilman Julian Burns often uses to summarize his vision for bringing industries and other ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


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