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America still has a long way to go

There is no longer any doubt that America still has a long way to go before it can say that it has grown beyond the prejudices and fear and tragic cycle of action and reaction when it comes to relations between blacks and whites.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


JTC closes summer with flag football all-star game

The American League defeated the National League during Saturday evening's all-star game, 32 to 28, at Camden's Zemp Stadium, capping the first-ever flag football season sponsored by the Jackson Teen Center (JTC), ALPHA Center and local businesses.

August 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth announces new EMS plan

KershawHealth will change the way it offers emergency medical services (EMS) by the end of the month. Several EMS stations will move; others will expand. In addition, KershawHealth's ambulances will no longer answer calls for "non-emergent" patients, allowing that service to be picked up by the private sector.

August 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Remembering Robin Williams

I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.

August 18, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Bill Funderburk is Camden’s newest judge

Harold Williams "Bill" Funderburk Jr., a retired attorney and owner of Books on Broad, is Camden's newest municipal judge.

August 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Repairing the bridges of Kershaw County - Part 2 of 2

There are 21 bridges that cross bodies of water in Kershaw County owned and, therefore, maintained by the county. Of those, 19 need some level of repair or need to be replaced. In addition, there are two other bridges that are out-of-service that also need to be replaced.

August 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Repairing the bridges of Kershaw County - Part 1 of 2

Drive about 20 miles north of Camden on Flat Rock Road and turn right onto McDowell Road. A little ways down -- a couple of tenths of a mile, maybe -- and the road crosses Little Flat Rock Creek. Not everyone can cross the bridge there, however. Sign posted at both ends of the bridge read "Load Notice: Weight Limit 5 tons per axle, 7 tons gross."

August 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


‘People to do, things to see’

If you're thinking the headline to my column today is a little screwy, you're right. For many, many years now I thought it was a quote from a funny Christian Slater movie I watched once called "Kuffs" where he talks directly to the audience at times.

August 11, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden’s Burns knew general killed in Afghanistan

A retired U.S. Army major general living in Camden knew and served with an Army major general killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.

August 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Local water plants, DHEC working to keep drinking water safe

With a recent scare in Toledo, Ohio, over the quality of drinking water being pulled from Lake Erie, city of Camden and some Kershaw County officials are keeping an eye on reported algae blooms on Lake Wateree.

August 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


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


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Election 2014: Three vie for two Camden City Council seats

A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.

October 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


FAC responds to censorship claims

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is responding to claims of censorship after the owner of a Columbia art gallery issued a press release following the opening of an exhibit in Camden.

October 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City council to hold public hearing on $4 million bond

Camden City Council will use part of its meeting Tuesday evening to hold a public hearing to gather public input on an ordinance it is considering that would allow the city to issue a no more than $4 million bond. A copy of Tuesday's agenda did not state the purpose would be for the $4 million. City Manager Mel Pearson was unavailable to answer questions by deadline Friday.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board to meet in Elgin tonight

In the first of what it plans as a series of meetings held in different parts of the county, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees will hold a meeting tonight in the conference room of the Outpatient/Urgent Care Center at Elgin. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Trustees and hospital administrators will be on hand one hour before the meeting begins, at 5 p.m., to speak to the public and answer questions on various topics, including KershawHealth's strategic plan.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Camden man dies in McRae Road crash

A Camden man died Saturday afternoon after his SUV drove off the side of McRae Road and caught fire.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Bradlee contributed to our democracy

Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Express Care is now open at KershawHealth

Danny Wharton is noticeably proud of the changes in KershawHealth's emergency department. Wharton, the healthcare organization's director of ancillary and emergency services, took several people on a tour of the renovated space that now accommodates the hospital's Express Care service.

October 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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