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Billy Bell spent 19 years helping vets get their benefits

Billy Bell is a Korean War veteran who came home and began supporting his fellow veterans by joining the American Legion. For 19 of the many years since, he served as Kershaw County's Veterans Affair officer. He retired Jan. 1 and was honored by American Legion Post No. 17 -- of which he is a member -- in early April.

May 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Confusing vote places two on parks and trees

(The online version of this story corrects the date of Camden City Council's next meetings. Both work session and regular meeting will be held on June 12, not June 5 as originally published.)

May 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rock Hill debrief

On April 30, about 30 Camden and Kershaw County elected officials, candidates for office, school district officials, business owners and others traveled to Rock Hill. The goal: learn more about how the former textile town transformed itself into a sports tourism destination.

May 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


End of newspapers not happening here

The tough news came down Thursday morning: two more major American newspapers were cutting staff and cutting back on print editions: the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and The Birmingham (Ala.) News.

May 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden seeks citizen input on BAR proposal

City of Camden residents visiting the city's website can read and email comments about a proposed ordinance to transform the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a Board of Architectural Review (BAR). Camden City Council looked at the proposal and discussed it during a work session Tuesday afternoon ahead of its regular evening meeting.

May 25, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Experts see disturbing trends among county youth

The ALPHA Center in Camden is sending out a warning to parents about two new trends it is seeing among county youth: smoking Smarties and something called the "Cinnamon Challenge."

May 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘They’re so stinkin’ cute!’

My wife told me to write this column -- not that I wouldn't have written it on my own, eventually -- but, men, we all know we should do what the wife says, right?

May 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Of two minds on sheriff issue

For half my life, I've wondered why in the world we still elect sheriffs in this country. I began wondering about that while working for a radio station 25 years ago in Dahlonega, Ga. Dahlonega sits in the -- no offense to anyone from there -- unfortunately named Lumpkin County.

May 14, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Capital projects study

A woman who once ran for Camden City Council and a Camden woman who plans a return to a pediatric practice will represent the city's interests on the new Kershaw County Capital Projects Sales Commission.

May 11, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSO seizes nearly 20 pounds of cocaine

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators seized 9 kilograms -- or nearly 20 pounds -- of high grade cocaine April 29. The KCSO worked with S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on the seizure during which three people were arrested. Sheriff Jim Matthews declined to name those arrested or exactly where the operation took place because of an ongoing DEA investigation into the matter.

May 09, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Road Trip - Part 2 of 2

One week ago, a group of 25 Camden and Kershaw County leaders, business owners and others visited Rock Hill to see how that city transformed itself from a dying textile town to a sports tourism destination. The group -- including members of Camden City Council, candidates for city council and representatives from the Kershaw County School District -- visited sites such as Manchester Meadows (soccer), Cherry Park (baseball/softball) and Rock Hill Tennis Center. They also visited the new Riverwalk/Rock Hill Outdoor Center, which already sports a velodrome for Olympic-style cycling and, when completed, will have other amenities, including a YMCA.

May 07, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City to consider county tax commission appointments

Camden City Council will consider naming two city of Camden citizens to the Kershaw County Projects Sales Tax Commission. Kershaw County Council already named Camden's Woody Cleveland and Don Terrell, along with county resident Ray McElveen to the commission. The two citizens named by city council will have the task of choosing the last member from either Bethune or Elgin.

May 07, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Old letter a sign of the times, self

Every now and then, we clear out the cobwebs of our lives. My mother's been going through this for a while now and, as she did, came across this 25-year-old letter from me. It appears typed, since it includes hand-written edits in my handwriting. I thought it would be fun to share, since it not only offers me a bit of self-reflection, but a peek at life back in the '80s.

May 07, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Road Trip - Part 1 of 2

Rock Hill in York County may have 10 times Camden's population in three times the geographic size, but it may be a success story for Camden and Kershaw County to emulate. That's why about 25 local leaders -- city council members, staff and other officials; candidates for city council; school district officials; county officials; business owners and others -- got on a bus at 8 a.m. Monday and headed north to the "Gateway to South Carolina."

May 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Making Kershaw County even better

I happen to think Kershaw County is a pretty great place to be. If I didn't, I probably wouldn't be living here.

April 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Capella letter of intent extended again

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee voted unanimously Thursday night to extend a letter of intent (LOI) concerning the pending takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare, of Franklin, Tenn., to July 31.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Man killed in single car crash Thursday night

A 43-year-old man died Thursday night after apparently running through a stop sign at a T-intersection and driving into a wooded area.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


IRS to auction Old Armory inventory, van July 15

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will auction off Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant's inventory and a van belonging to the restaurant on July 15.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


KershawHealth market share appears healthy

KershawHealth appears to be firmly established as the hospital of choice for most Kershaw County residents, although there is still room for improvement, according to CEO Terry Gunn.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: Getting executive sessions right

Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


ALPHA Center, solicitor’s office celebrate arbitration success

A large group of local law enforcement and community leaders gathered June 19 at The ALPHA Center in Camden to celebrate the success of a youth arbitration program (YAP) in Kershaw County. The celebration featured a presentation by ALPHA Center Director of Youth Diversion Programs Brooke Tidwell, the presentation of two awards and a success story from a YAP participant.

June 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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