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Matthews hit with 3rd $2 million lawsuit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews got the news just a few hours before participating in a press conference about a serial robber Monday. A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office victims advocate, Barbara Jones, is suing him for defamation of character, seeking $2 million in actual and punitive damages.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 3, 2011

Narcotics agents with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men at a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, location July 25 after receiving an anonymous tip they were cooking methamphetamine in a metal shed.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KershawHealth moving to software reporting systems

To help elevate the quality of its reporting and even patient safety, KershawHealth received the go-ahead July 25 from its board of trustees to purchase nearly $500,000 of software. The unanimous vote allows hospital administrators to work with three vendors -- Midas, Medisolv and Iatrics -- to transition existing paper reporting to automated systems.

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KCSO phones jammed by Mattox supporters

For some 50 minutes Friday, someone -- apparently sympathetic to ousted Kershaw County Republican Party co-chair Jeff Mattox -- made it very difficult for anyone else to get through to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

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


I'll take the middle road, thanks

Perhaps the best commentary I've read on the debt crisis came from Lou Zickar on CNN.com. Zickar wrote the commentary as the editor of The Ripon Forum, "a centrist Republican journal of political thought and opinion published by The Ripon Society."

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CPC votes against rezoning request in Dusty Bend

The likelihood of a motorcycle shop moving a block or so down Broad Street is less of a possibility now than it was just a few days ago.

July 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Mattox off KC GOP executive committee

Jeff Mattox is no longer the co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party.

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


Polk: RTA rejects Medicaid broker deal

The Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA) along with other area RTAs rejected a contract with a new Medicaid broker Monday. That was the word from Camden City Councilman Willard Polk who now represents the city on the S-WRTA's board.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Robber strikes again

A knife-wielding robber already suspected in a number of Camden-area cases struck again Sunday night, this time at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 521 South near the I-20 interchange. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said it now appears the suspect may be tied to crimes outside Camden as well.

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


Patriots rep refuses to resign county GOP office

Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party, is resisting calls for him to resign. Mattox, who is a representative of the Kershaw County Patriots -- a Tea Party-like group -- confirmed Tuesday that his fellow co-chair, Chris Oviatt, asked him to step down.

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


Law Enforcement Report - July 27, 2011

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit (TEU) officers were busy on I-20 as they began their second week of operation.

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


Suspect with knife robs gas station

The modus operandi, or M.O., looked familiar.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Beechwood resurfaces

The Camden Planning Commission (CPC) will consider a request Tuesday evening to extend the vested rights for Beechwood's Planned Development District, or PDD.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council to consider revised parks use policy

Camden City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to adopt a revised park and park facility use policy. The new policy reflects the existence of the Town Green and its unique place in the city's greenspace inventory.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Elgin business raided for drugs, chop shop

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents raided a Railroad Avenue, Elgin, auto shop Monday at the Elgin Police Department's (EPD) request and arrested two men.

July 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

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


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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