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One arrested, one sought in driveway paving scam

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 54-year-old man and are seeking the whereabouts of a 39-year-old man for scamming an 81-year-old Lugoff man out of $1,500 for "paving" his driveway.

December 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


800 bags of horse feed stolen from Camden store

Sometime since mid-2010, someone stole approximately 800 bags of horse feed from Mane Street Horse & Pet, formerly East SC Hay Distributors, on East DeKalb Street.

December 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Pedestrian struck by car at Wylie and DeKalb

A 51-year-old man is in a Columbia hospital, being treated for head and other injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle Monday evening in Camden.

December 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 7, 2011

A New Jersey man is still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) following a high speed chase on I-20 involving U.S. Marshals and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies Thursday.

December 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Petition organizers try to submit signatures

A group of citizens and others supporting a referendum concerning a proposed YMCA-managed sports complex in Camden said Mayor Jeffrey Graham rebuffed its efforts to turn in signatures connected to a petition seeking the referendum.

December 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Remembering one of our ‘Greatest Generation’

As a reporter, there are times when your editor comes to you with a story assignment that -- you can't help it -- makes you cringe. I'm not a golf fan. I don't play, I rarely watch and I certainly had no interest a number of years ago in following a couple of guys in their 80s and their grandsons around a golf course. It just wasn't my thing.

December 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden's 'Hot Dog Man' loses appeal

Ward Ratz is setting up The Dog House again, this time back at his first location between Kmart and Big Lots on West DeKalb Street. Ratz lost an appeal of a decision by the city of Camden to repeal a one-year business license he received to operate on Broad Street. During an interview Thursday, Ratz said he planned to set up shop again at Kmart beginning today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 02, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Dixon sentenced to federal prison

For four years, Jamie Dixon plied his trade in Elgin: selling drugs, often in exchange for stolen property. Dixon, 33, is now sitting in a federal prison, having pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base.

December 02, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County's well-loved pediatrician retires

There's a good chance a majority of at least two, if not three, generations of Kershaw County residents have passed through Dr. Tommy Joseph's office doors during the past 35-plus years.

November 30, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Law Enforcement Report - Nov. 30, 2011

The dangers of online identity theft struck a county high school student after someone allegedly created a fake Facebook account looking exactly like his. The fake-out has reportedly led to the boy receiving a number of threats.

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


Bomb scare in Lugoff

A loud bang, about 10 minutes after an earlier one, signaled the end to a tense Friday afternoon in Lugoff.

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


Do we really need to brave Black Friday?

A woman in Porter Ranch, Calif., pepper sprays fellow shoppers at a Walmart in the northwest Los Angeles suburb.

November 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Weight of overturned car suffocates man

A 39-year-old Lugoff man died early Wednesday morning as a result of injuries suffered in an unusual accident.

November 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Voter registration, citizens group won't release petition

The Kershaw County Voter Registration Office and a citizens group both denied requests to release copies of signatures on a referendum petition to the Chronicle-Independent.

November 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Illegal immigrant charged with assaulting girl

A 29-year-old undocumented immigrant faces up to 40 years in prison on charges he forced himself sexually on a 13-year-old girl.

November 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


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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