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Weeks retiring as KershawHealth CEO

The question of who is in control of KershawHealth -- at least from an administrative standpoint -- will change sometime in the near future as Donnie Weeks announces his retirement as president and CEO of the healthcare organization.

August 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Who owns KershawHealth?

In early April, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said he would "much rather look at other agencies than close down the hospital." Wise made the comment during a presentation by KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks with Mike Bunch, the healthcare organization's vice president and COO/CFO. That presentation ended with Weeks and Bunch asking the county to take over deficit funding of its emergency management services (EMS) program.

July 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


SCHP issues 726 citations during ‘blitz’

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) issued 726 citations during its recent law enforcement "blitz" in Kershaw County. The SCHP partnered with the Camden and Elgin police departments and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office in an effort to combat a near tripling in fatal traffic accidents in the county.

July 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Survey: county needs help getting healthy

The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


A ‘small’ paper’s look into corruption

As a community newspaper editor, I'm always on the lookout for stories about papers like the C-I either doing stories you wouldn't expect from "small" publications or that are thriving in some way.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City council clashes on SWRTA funding

Camden City Council ultimately came to a consensus Tuesday afternoon to provide some funding to the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA). That was after, however, a clash between some members of council over how much to give.

July 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Everyone Goes Home’

A large crowd from within and beyond the Lugoff community gathered Saturday morning at the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) to help dedicate two new fire trucks. The event included speeches from local dignitaries and a traditional "hose uncoupling" and wash down. Local businesses also provided food for all and memorabilia for children.

July 24, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


CCC to review steering committee names

Camden City Council will spend part of its work session Tuesday afternoon reviewing a revised list of names for a steering committee connected to new tourism marketing efforts.

July 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SC Supreme Court makes right call

A decision made by the S.C. Supreme Court Wednesday made national headlines ... if you're a journalist, that is. There's a great blog maintained by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, of which I'm a member) called FOI FYI.

July 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


300 more homes in Camden by 2018?

There is a chance that there could be up to 300 new homes in Camden by 2018, just five years away, if U.S. Census and other projections hold up. The statistic -- based on a projected 8 percent increase in housing stock from 2011 to 2018 -- is part of a draft revision of Camden's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

July 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden’s Leaders Legacy program kicks off with first set of benches

Friday, more than 80 people crowded into the Camden Archives and Museum to help dedicate the first five benches in the city of Camden's new Leaders Legacy recognition program. City officials moved the ceremony indoors due to a rainy forecast. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for honorees and their families to have their pictures taken at each respective bench outside.

July 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


An unhealthy dolphin fascination?

Dolphins.

July 15, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CCC members spar over McCaa Tavern funding

Camden City Council granted $60,000 worth of hospitality taxes to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site's McCaa Tavern project on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, but not before a series of heated exchanges during that afternoon's work session.

July 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CCC to consider Htax for McCaa Tavern

Camden City Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to appropriate $60,000 in hospitality taxes toward the restoration of the McCaa House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Historic Camden originally requested $100,000; council is considering the $60,000 as an initial appropriation with the remaining $40,000 to possibly be granted at a later date.

July 08, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Soapy’ death freed Skagway, Alaska

A very long time ago, I read James A. Michener's novel, Alaska. I was in a period where I thought it was neat to follow the "history" of a place from its earliest geological birth to wherever it was Michener happened to leave off. Alaksa was the last of his novels I ever read and vowed never to go back because -- as the Library Journal reviewed in 1988 -- the "final sections are trite, uneven and overloaded with stereotypes."

July 08, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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