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The Boykin Spaniel comes home for national trial

The story goes something like this: sometime in the early 1900s -- likely between 1905 and 1910 -- Alec White was approaching his church in Spartanburg, close to finishing the 15-minute walk from his home, when he came across a little brown spaniel-looking dog. Accounts differ as to exactly which church White attended (most likely First Presbyterian) or whether or not the stray managed to get inside the church. The one fact that has held up during the 100 years is that the dog was waiting outside for him and followed him home.

April 02, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


KH's Gunn allowed to be client of former firm

By consensus, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recently approved a request from interim CEO Terry Gunn to become a client of his former consulting firm, Charter Resource Group (CRG) of Brentwood, Tenn. Gunn brought the request to the board during its March 24 meeting and had CRG founder Mark Arnold speak to trustees. Adams told the board he has mentored Gunn for most of his adult life.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fifty minus one and counting

In 362 days, I will be 50 years old. That means I am already three days into my 50th year of life. In other words, Friday was my 49th birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Buses crash on I-20 on way to Cup

One commercial motor coach bus crashed into another on I-20 Saturday morning as both buses swerved to avoid a couch that had, somehow, ended up on the highway. S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the crash took place around 9 a.m. and kept the eastbound side of the highway shut down for approximately two and a half hours. The two buses were carrying a total of around 100 people to the Cup, Jones said.

March 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Historic Camden asks for sewer project change

Tuesday morning, city of Camden officials went down to Broad and Bull streets to instruct a contractor to delay some work on a major sewer project involving Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Tuesday afternoon, Camden City Council spent nearly an hour deciding what to do about a request from the Historic Camden Foundation Board to change the proposed path of a new force main being installed along Broad Street.

March 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council authorizes ‘road diet’ grant application

On a split, 3-2, vote, Camden City Council passed a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a federal grant to help cover the costs of a proposed "road diet" for a portion of Broad Street.

March 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Driver shot to death on Black River Road

Despite the efforts of a brand-new Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy Saturday morning, a 25-year-old Camden man died later that night.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Main Street SC manager to speak to city

Beppie LeGrand, manager of Main Street SC, will speak before Camden City Council during its Tuesday afternoon work session. Council members will also receive a copy of a Main Street SC application for the city to complete should it choose to reenter the program. Camden participated in the Main Street program -- a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) and accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center -- in the mid-1990s.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


An award and an honorable mention

I was absolutely thrilled Saturday with the C-I's win of the Reid Montgomery FOI award from the S.C. Press Association. It was a real surprise. A good number of papers in this state spend a lot of their time on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open government issues. Some of them file FOIA requests right and left. Some papers' stories end up setting legal precedents.

March 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


With little warning, Social Security closes Camden office

The Social Security Administration permanently closed the doors on its Camden office inside 1111 Broad St. on Friday, March 7. There appeared to be little notice to the public with clients contacting the media asking what had happened and others showing up at its second floor offices trying to get in.

March 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Time to spread some Sunshine again

"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Keeffe leaving KershawHealth as CNO

Gloria Keeffe is stepping down from her position KershawHealth's chief nursing officer, a position she has held since 2005. Keeffe's last day with the healthcare organization will be March 28. She joined KershawHealth in 2004 as director of surgical services and promoted to vice president and chief nursing officer one year later.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Suspect in 2011 murder jailed for 50 years

One of five men charged in connection with a May 2011 crime spree that ended with the murder of a county man will be 73 years old when he walks out of jail. Wednesday, Frank Terrance Singleton III, 26, of Camden, pled guilty to murder, armed robbery, burglary and two counts of kidnapping. After hearing from the solicitor's office, the victim's family, Singleton's family and Singleton himself, Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Hood laid down a 50-year prison sentence.

March 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


CCC to recognize CPD officers Tuesday

Camden City Council will confer special recognition on four Camden Police Department (CPD) officers during its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon work session.

March 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Arrow’ fulfilling its ‘promise’ on TV

Wednesday's episode of the CW's Arrow is a perfect example of why I watch the show. Such shows -- based on the Green Arrow character from DC Comics -- may be fluff but, in this case, it's intelligent fluff. The writing and acting is spot-on and the producers have paced the first two seasons in a way that doesn't drag things out, but keeps you guessing along the way.

March 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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