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A man of reconciliation

There is likely no one word to describe attorney John Stringer Rainey, who died at the age of 73 on Saturday following a short illness. The one most usually ascribed to him is "philanthropist." One dictionary definition of the word states a philanthropist is "a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous of money to good causes." In speaking with those who knew him well, or who came to know him in recent years because of their involvement with him, one finds John Rainey went beyond mere philanthropy. That could easily be said of ...

March 18, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden philanthropist John Rainey dies at 73

Camden philanthropist John S. Rainey, best known locally for his sponsorship of "Reconciliation," the statuary depicting Larry Doby and Bernard Baruch in front of the Camden Archives and Museum, died Saturday at the age of 73 following a short illness.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: Sunshine Week -- Your right to know

This week marks the 10th annual observance of Sunshine Week by, primarily, the nation's newspapers, but other forms of media as well.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board to vote on new referenda development

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with developing a pair of new construction-related referenda and, if so, to accept a draft timeline for that development.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: When justice is derailed, we all lose

I'm not the bloodthirsty sort. I don't usually cry out for devastating vengeance against groups or individuals. If there was one person I wanted to know was heading to the electric chair, however, it was Nickolas Jermaine Miller, who will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for brutally murdering Beverly Hope Melton in December 2011.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board continues referenda discussion

At its March 3 meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees heard a presentation from County Planner Carolyn Hammond on the pending build-out of more than 2,100 residential lots, nearly all in the West Wateree. Seventeen hundred of those lots would be in one subdivision called Coldbranch.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive annual safety report tonight

Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board hears county growth report

With the inclusion of a 15- to 20-year residential project called Coldbranch, Kershaw County could see residential construction on 2,130 new lots during coming years. How the county -- including the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) -- will deal with that growth was the subject of a presentation County Planning & Zoning Department Director Carolyn Hammond made to the Kershaw County Board of Trustees on Monday night.

March 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


All-County Academic Teams: 20 years

A conversation 20 years ago between Victor Jowers and his wife, Sarah, created an academic legacy which has lasted ever since. Jowers said he was looking at the Chronicle-Independent and other newspapers and saw how they were recognizing the county's top athletes.

March 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Net neutrality is finally here

For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH finances rebound, but still suffering losses

KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘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


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KH board to discuss old PTHS property, Capella deal tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting tonight to receive and update and legal advice on two topics. One item concerns the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School property on Lakeshore Drive. KershawHealth purchased portions of the former school property from the city of Camden a number of years ago after the city purchased the property from the Kershaw County School District.

July 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KCSD referenda public meeting schedule nearly finalized

A schedule of public meetings regarding school construction referenda is almost finalized. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees continued working on the schedule during its July 14 meeting. At least one referendum, possibly two, are planned for the November 2016 general election.

July 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Looking back at myself

My father recently pulled the old "baby picture" trick, but for the modern age.

July 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Heritage celebrates 25 years as family-owned dealership

Although the Weiss family is celebrating 25 years of owning and operating Heritage Chevrolet Buick GMC in Lugoff, the real story started 54 years ago in 1961.

July 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Man who shot into ex-girlfriend’s home sent to prison

A Camden man who pled guilty July 8 to shooting into his ex-girlfriend's home a year ago will spend at least the next three years in prison. Harley Joe Moore, 34, pled guilty to charges of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, unlawful carrying of a pistol and second degree burglary in conjunction with a July 14, 2014, incident.

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


Ice cream shop owner purchases Old Armory restaurant

A limited liability corporation whose registered agent is a Camden ice cream shop owner purchased the building which housed Old Armory Steak & Seafood for $300,000 the day before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auctioned off the restaurant's inventory.

July 22, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


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