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Matthews responds to McCaskill suit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews expressed no surprise at being served with a $2 million defamation lawsuit by former Sheriff Steve McCaskill.

July 11, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Should high school students serve on city commissions?

Three items on Tuesday's Camden City Council agenda are related to a decision by members to recast the Camden Parks and Streets Commission as the Camden Parks and Trees Commission.

July 11, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Former sheriff McCaskill sues Matthews

Former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill is suing Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million in a defamation lawsuit filed Thursday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

July 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Graham named president of new mayors' association

For some time, a number of South Carolina mayors wished they could do even more to represent their cities and towns' interests on the state level. Earlier this year, those mayors decided to do something about.

July 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - July 6, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 46-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened to shoot an off-duty officer. The man allegedly made the threat Friday morning while the deputy, in plain clothes, was at a West DeKalb Street store.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Magistrate's office trimming DUI backlog

One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County's chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Making inroads in Camden

Several months ago, the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) heard a presentation by Jay Daniels with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Daniels came to talk about something called "complete streets." The idea, according to Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam, is for a community to have streets that serve as more than just conduits for automobiles.

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Legislators foil 'Trikki's' real intentions

Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Office purchase part of one KH physician deal

KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Proposed commission changes criticized

Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Byars expected home soon

Camden's Bill Byars, currently the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), is "expected to go home soon," according to a SCDOC spokesperson.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Vargas is why we need DREAM Act

While not as earth-shattering as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, I still remember the images of April 16, 2007.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Prestage Farms owner arrested in Washington, D.C.

Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms and a Kershaw County resident, spent most of Wednesday and part of Thursday in a Washington, D.C., jail cell. According to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Prestage, 59, was arrested around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after officers discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun and a magazine with ammunition in a briefcase while trying to enter the Cannon House Office Building.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Three seeking two seats on Camden City Council

Jeffrey R. Graham, Deborah H. Davis and Bob Williams are the three names city of Camden voters will see on November ballots as they try to fill two open seats on Camden City Council.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Long-time Camden resident part of historic WWII mission

It took 40 years for William G. "Bill" Major, who died Sunday at the age of 92, to talk about what he saw in the early days of August 1945.

July 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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