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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


2013: A look back - Part One of Three

Whether it was Bethune, Camden, Elgin or Kershaw County, councils of the city, town and county variety grabbed headlines throughout 2013, including during the early months of the year.

December 30, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Shooting incident leads to drug arrest

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Georgia man on drug charges following a shooting incident at a Lugoff hotel. KCSO deputies have not been able to directly tie the man to the shooting.

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


Crime Report - Dec. 25, 2013

Someone shot out the window to a GMC Yukon as its owner was traveling on Chestnut Ferry Road Ext.

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


Leesville man dies in motorcycle accident

A Leesville man died in Kershaw County when he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday evening.

December 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KershawHealth is story of the year

At the end of past years, I've picked out a person or group of the year, sometimes both. This year, I'm not so much highlighting a group as I am an organization. Really, what I'm doing is recognizing the year's biggest story.

December 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Chamber hands out awards at annual gala

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce held its 107th annual awards gala and barbecue on May 12 at its headquarters at the historic Robert Mills ...

May 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Crime Report - May 23, 2017

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) charged a Camden with resisting arrest and threatening the life of public officials after deputies arrested him for ...

May 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CHS student council is tops in state

A weekend in April marked some firsts for the student council of Camden High School (CHS). For the first time ever, the S.C. Student ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Schools budget in ‘suspended animation’

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) administrators and the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees were unable to take any further action on its proposed Fiscal ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Riding in honor of fallen officers

More than 30 cyclists on their way to Washington, D.C., stopped in Camden on May 3 in honor of fallen law enforcement officers. The ...

May 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Walking trail may be installed at NCHS

As part of his ongoing series of updates on referenda-approved construction projects, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Director of Operations Billy Smith will ask the ...

May 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Sheheen’s message is the right one

(I am turning over my column today to a transcript of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's speech to the 2017 Class of Junior Leadership Kershaw ...

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - May 12, 2017

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man twice in two days in connection with a number of incidents which took place April 29 and ...

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Record 24 amendments to proposed county budget

Kershaw County Council unanimously approved a record 24 amendments to the county's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget and then unanimously passed that amended ...

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Jackson School drums up character

The drums banged, the maracas shook, the vibraphones rang and dozens of 5th Grade voices sang out to the rhythm about respect.

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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