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Music vs. TV for attention span

As a connoisseur of both music and television, I've noticed some interesting trends during the last few years. Like many things, such trends can be considered good or bad. On the good side are the abilities to tailor entertainment experiences to our own preferences and defer listening or viewing experiences to meet our busy schedules.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn: ‘encouraging trends’ at KershawHealth

While interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn didn't have all good news for the healthcare organization's board of trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting, he did describe much of what he's seeing as "encouraging trends."

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Police, coroner reports are public record

Two recent South Carolina crime cases highlight issues faced when dealing with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden beginning year with ‘a lot of good news’

In addition to learning that a major catfish tournament championship will be held this October on Lake Wateree (see accompanying story), there was a lot of good news in Camden City Council's first work session of the new year Tuesday.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Major fishing championship coming to Lake Wateree

Hundreds of anglers will descend on Camden and Lake Wateree in early October for a major catfish tournament championship. The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail Eastern Championship could provide a more than $500,000 economic impact to Camden and the surrounding community, according to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther. Luther announced the tournament's decision to bring the championship event to Lake Wateree at Camden City Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


West wants to be Kershaw County’s next coroner

David West said he has such respect for the men he worked for as a Kershaw County deputy coroner, that he waited until the current coroner decided not to run for reelection before officially putting his hat in the ring. West, who once served as deputy coroner for close to 15 years under former Coroner Tommy Horton and current Coroner Johnny Fellers, said he has wanted to be coroner for years.

January 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Mental health and the SCDC

I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line.

January 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden could save money with bond, loan agreements

The city of Camden could recognize some savings if it is able to refinance a 10-year-old bond as well as amend a large, multimillion dollar loan from South Carolina's State Revolving Fund (SRF). Camden City Council will learn more about the possible savings during its first work session of the year Tuesday afternoon.

January 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Fellers not running for Kershaw County Coroner again

Johnny Fellers, Kershaw County's coroner for more than 20 years, will no longer be coroner after this November's election. Fellers, who also served as a deputy coroner for eight years prior to first being elected coroner in 1993, announced Monday he would not be running for reelection this fall.

January 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Coming home to Camden

In recent days, Hezbollah, the Shi'a Islamic militant group and political party, reportedly moved missiles from storage bases in Syria to Lebanon. The missiles include Scud Ds that could target Israel. The news echoes fears Israel faced in December 1998 after the United States and United Kingdom conducted Operation Desert Fox, a bombing campaign on Iraqi targets. After the four-day operation, Israel and its American and U.K. partners worried that Iraq might fire Scud missiles against Israel -- something Iraq had done during the first Gulf War almost eight years earlier in January 1991.

January 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Healthcare industry blues for 2014?

As I spelled out near the end of last month, the biggest local story of 2013 was KershawHealth. As faithful readers know, as the healthcare organization celebrated its centennial, it became further bogged down by losses caused primarily by external factors. Those factors include continuing shifts -- thanks to the economic fallout of the last few years -- from inpatient to outpatient volumes, cuts in governmental and commercial reimbursements and South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.

January 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


2013: A look back - Part Three of Three

Whether it be the back nine or the back 40, you know you're getting closer to the end of some stories as you reach them. That's the case with this last third of our review of the year that was: 2013. Some stories are "good;" some less so.

January 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


2013: A look back - Part Two of Three

And so we come to the middle of the year gone by -- the months of May, June, July and August 2013. What was the big news? Flooding, the transformation of a former school, Bethune's police department, KershawHealth's financial struggles and the saddest, but not entirely unpredicted end to a story of a missing teenager from Columbia.

January 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Crime Report - Jan. 2, 2014

A detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck another detainee and a female corrections officer on Dec. 26.

January 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A light look back and forward

Isn't that a great cartoon by Ariail up there? I love how Baby New Year's coming in on a drone, taking a selfie as Old Man 2013 looks on incredulously. It's inspiring, even ... at least to someone who needs to write an end-of-the-year column.

December 30, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 24, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD) officers charged a 29-year-old Elgin woman with resisting arrest after responding to Jeffers Circle about an SUV stuck in a ditch ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Student growth funding ‘crisis’ coming, says KCSD

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials are sending out a warning: A crisis is coming where, if the district does not receive more funding, student ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Men plead guilty in Sandhills Bank robbery case

Two men arrested in June 2015 for the armed robbery of the Sandhills Bank branch in Bethune pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court. According to ...

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Diamonds from the beginning

"Dimplez" and "Havoc" have been part of the Kershaw County step team program since they were 9 and 10 years old, respectively.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Old Burndale Shopping Center to be demolished

A long-vacant, but long-time landmark in Camden will be demolished in the coming weeks.

March 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - March 17, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reported the following recent incidents:

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


New ALPHA Center to be built on Ehrenclou Drive

The ALPHA Center, currently housed at the south end of Mill Street, will build a new $2.5 million facility on a 4-acre lot on ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


From Wallingford to Camden

It's cliché to say someone's life has prepared them for their latest role, but it may actually be true for Katharine Spadacenta.

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


GPS coordinates lead to murder investigation

The case of a missing Bethune man is now a murder investigation.

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law enforcement, businesses team up for memorials

For many years, drivers along any number of roadways, including I-20 in Kershaw County, have seen roadside memorials erected by people mourning loved ones who ...

March 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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