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A look back at the (crime) year gone by

Last week, I named Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as my 2011 Person of the Year. Inevitably, any thoughts of law enforcement bring me thoughts of crime. Sometimes reading crime reports can be the most enjoyable part of the day.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


2011: the year in review (Part I)

A review of this newspaper's top headlines during 2011 find that most focused on four subjects: new Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews; politics, in terms of new elected and appointed officials; crime; and the city of Camden's sports complex/YMCA controversy. For all intents and purposes, there was no getting away from these stories.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


New seal unveiled in Camden council chamber

Dot Goodwin said she was in Camden's city hall when Camden City Council was discussing the then-pending hospitality tax several years ago when she noticed something.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City reviews finances, electric projects

Camden City Council focused on financial reports and electric utility projects during its Dec. 13 work session. The meeting was a split one, starting at 5 p.m. ahead of a long 6:30 p.m. regular meeting and picking up again around 8 p.m. that evening. Rickie Tiller of Cantey, Tiller, Pierce & Green LLP, presented a brief report on the city's Fiscal Year 2011 audit. Assistant City Manager Mel Pearson followed Tiller's report with a fiscal year-end report of his own. Those reports were given in the first half of the work session. Bronson followed the ...

December 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Couple file sports complex FOIA requests; lawsuit pending

In February 1974, New York Magazine published a long, in-depth article about the fight between the then-current backers of the existing New York Coliseum and the supporters of a proposed convention center. Among the supporters: Mayor John Lindsay. About half-way through the story, readers are introduced to someone helping the opponents of the proposed project: Herbert J. Farber. Opponents hired his public relations firm to "immediately begin orchestrating the resistance," according to writer Nicholas Pileggi.

December 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 21, 2011

A 39-year-old Camden man faces multiple charges following an incident at a U.S. 601 South, Lugoff bar involving a number of Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and employees

December 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Pulse of health care

(The online version of this story has been modified to correct an error in the fourth paragraph. Originally, the C-I erroneously attributed the term "perfect storm" to a statement by Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO David Pankau instead of to BCBS board chairman Ed Sellers, as indicated here, who was a speaker at the KershawHealth Foundation's recent Baruch Dinner in November. The C-I regrets the error.)

December 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Matthews my 2011 Person of the Year

Like him or not, there is no doubt Sheriff Jim Matthews has made an impact here in Kershaw County.

December 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Three arrested for breaking into landfill

In what appears to have been an attempt to go joyriding in an old Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) truck, deputies arrested a 48-year-old Cassatt man and two men in their 20s Tuesday night. Deputies responded to a witness' call that the three men were trying to steal the vehicle from inside the Kershaw County landfill compound on Park Road.

December 16, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City sends petition to municipal election commission

Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham, 29, his voice strained, told a packed-to-capacity crowd at Camden City Hall Tuesday night that he deliberately chose to return to Camden after college because he "believes in the people that raised me in this community to be who I am today."

December 16, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 14, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies are searching for a man who tried to rob the Cherokee Quick Stop on Cherokee Boulevard near the Richland County line.

December 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seeking Pepper Ridge burglar

A ski mask, dark clothing, BB gun and a fire extinguisher. Those are the items Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators hope will help them find a man they believe broke into an Oak Ridge Drive home in Lugoff's Pepper Ridge subdivision Friday night.

December 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Noted and passed for Dec. 12, 2011

• No matter how you feel about Tiger Woods -- it's a bit hard for us to pull for him given all the revelations about him -- one thing is clear: golf is more exciting with him. His win last Sunday at the Chevron Challenge, in which he birdied the final two holes to claim victory by a shot, was his first in two years. It'll be interesting to see how he does next year, and whether he can resume his chase of Jack Nicklaus' record number of victories in major championships, but as long as he's competitive there will ...

December 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Editorials


Could we find life on Kepler-22b

If the data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is right, there's at least one planet with the potential of harboring life. Perhaps, based on the data, there are thousands upon thousands of such worlds.

December 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Petition signatures may be turned in Tuesday

More than five people are already signed up to speak in public forum during Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday. At least some of the speakers are long associated with an effort to get a referendum on a city ballot so citizens can vote on whether to fund the construction of a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run sports complex.

December 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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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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