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Sheriff: Brutal murder a 'death penalty case'

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he has asked the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office to seek the death penalty against 23-year-old Nickolas Jermaine Miller of Jefferson. Kershaw County and Chesterfield County deputies arrested Miller Monday after he confessed to abducting and raping Beverly Hope Melton, 30, of Kershaw and then beating her to death with a baseball bat.

December 30, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Abducted woman killed in county

A 23-year-old Chesterfield County man is in jail, charged with abducting, raping and killing a 30-year-old Lancaster County woman in Kershaw County.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 28, 2011

Although Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies did not charge a 23-year-old Camden woman for larceny, she could still end appearing before a summary court judge for allegedly keeping a video game console from its rightful owner.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


2011: the year in review (Part II)

The middle of 2011 took us past the Wateree River where a pirate ship temporarily weighed anchor, brought us the discovery of missing evidence from a 2010 trial, saw a longtime county official leave and a new city archives director come on board, and run a dog pack down in Camden's historic district.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


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


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


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Camden celebrates completion of wastewater treatment plant

About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Van Horn Agency continues Kennedy Insurance’s 150-year legacy

As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.

November 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Playing games teaches good choices

Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Council votes on power contract, bond reissue

In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden honors ‘Dr. Mac’ with Legacy bench

A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.

November 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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