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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


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


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‘Critical, hazardous’ fixes at Zemp to only cost $5,000

It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.

February 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


County native’s ‘Lighthouse’ combats sex trafficking

Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Bulldogs Giving Back

Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KCSD graduation rate at all time high

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KershawHealth board meeting on tap for Bethune tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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