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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


Sports complex clears 4-1 design vote

On a split, 4-1, vote Tuesday morning, Camden City Council chose to move forward with a "full facility" option for the proposed construction of a new sports complex. That complex is likely to be managed by the YMCA of Columbia.

November 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - Nov. 23, 2011

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a claim that two Cassatt women kidnapped a juvenile male and forced him to take money from an ATM in Camden. According to a KCSO report, the boy said the women threatened to kill him and his family if he didn't comply.

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


Camden sports complex design to be revealed Tuesday

Camden City Council and citizens will finally get to see what a proposed sports complex might look like during council's meeting Tuesday. That's when council's Sports Complex Advisory Committee will present plans designed by JHS Architecture Integrated Design. The committee will also present two design alternatives based on JHS' full plans.

November 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Occupy arrests not the smartest move

I didn't really mean to write about Gov. Nikki Haley again after last week's criticism of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's decision to grant a permit to the state of Georgia to dredge part of the shared Savannah River. I rarely write about the same person or topic twice in a row, but I can't keep quiet on Haley's decision to crack down on Occupy Columbia's, er, occupation of the State House grounds at night.

November 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KCSO arrests man for faking own kidnapping

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 30-year-old man early Friday morning on extortion charges after faking his kidnapping Thursday. Sheriff Jim Matthews said Christopher List Hutto, 30, of Upper Pond Road, Elgin, faked the kidnapping in order to extort money from his mother in order to buy crack cocaine.

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


Finding the balance (Part II)

Few people attending a two-day charrette on a proposed "road diet" for Broad Street between York and DeKalb streets like the way Camden's main street looks today. More people participating in the series of meetings chose a recent photograph of Broad Street -- four lanes of black pavement with little landscaping features -- as the third-most unappealing photograph out of a series of approximately 30 streetscapes.

November 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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Council honors Long, Polk for service

Many well-wishers attended Camden City Council's meeting Tuesday night -- the last for outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk. Both men chose not to run for reelection earlier this year. Council members-elect Deborah Davis and Jeffrey Graham are scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday; they will attend their first meeting Dec. 9.

November 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


MUSC part of Capella proposal for KershawHealth

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is part of Capella Healthcare's recently proposed strategic partnership with KershawHealth. Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, is one of two for-profit healthcare companies which recently presented strategic partnership proposals to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees in separate executive sessions.

November 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Long, Polk to be recognized at Camden City Council meeting

Camden City Council will recognize outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk as they attend their last meeting Tuesday night. Long and Polk chose not to run for reelection. Voters elected former mayor Jeffrey Graham and Deborah Davis as Long and Polk's replacements. They are tentatively scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and will take their seats on council at its Dec. 9 meeting.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: Just call me Charlie Brown

A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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