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Countywide DUI crackdown starts Saturday

Drivers in Kershaw County are going to see a lot more activity from the Camden and Elgin police departments, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) thanks to grant money being funneled through the ALPHA Center.

September 02, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 31, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 63-year-old Parkersburg, W. Va., man Aug. 23 after a deputy spotted him drifting out of his lane on I-20 near mile marker 98.

August 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, SLED solve 2008 murder case

Thanks to the combined efforts of a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigator and S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agent, five men are facing murder charges in a 3-year-old home invasion and murder case. All five of the men are already in prison, two of them for another home invasion and murder this May.

August 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City council to begin recording work sessions

Camden City Councilman X. Willard Polk is getting something he's wanted for a few months now. Beginning Sept. 8, council will tape record its work sessions. There is also a possibility that formal minutes will be taken of those work sessions.

August 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH announces contract with Columbia ER staffing firm

Beginning Dec. 28, Columbia-based Carolina Care will provide physicians to KershawHealth's emergency department. KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks informed the KershawHealth Board of Trustees of the move in an executive session during the board's Aug. 22 meeting and released details to the public Wednesday.

August 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Happy 10th to the Legos Star Wars kid

My younger son, Caleb, turned 10 last Tuesday. It's hard to imagine we brought him home from the hospital 10 years ago.

August 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Branham guilty of child rape

A jury found George Stanley Branham II, 41, guilty Thursday of raping a 7-year-old girl.

August 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 24, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 22-year-old Camden man Aug. 15 after he allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend and her child at their Old Stagecoach Road home.

August 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City moves forward on sports complex

Camden City Council took another step forward on its path to build a possible YMCA of Columbia-run sports complex. On a split 3-1 vote, with Councilman Pat Partin absent and Councilman Willard Polk voting against, council authorized City Manager Kevin Bronson to enter negotiations with JHS Architecture of Columbia to design the complex.

August 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Rape trial starts away from jurors

The 7-year-old girl in the red short-sleeve shirt and pink pajama-style pants with polka dots sits down in the deep-cushioned seat and starts thumbing through a book. Her long brown bangs sway as she swings back and forth in the chair, politely -- and directly -- answering questions of the woman sitting across from her.

August 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Sports complex can be built with H-tax

The city of Camden can use proceeds from its hospitality tax to fund the construction of a proposed sports complex on the former grounds of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. That's the opinion of Margaret Pope, of Pope Zeigler Law Firm, who has often advised the city on the legal uses of public finances.

August 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


2 little girls at heart of Pacific island mystery

6 a.m. Wednesday, May 25. Faloma and Meleina Luhk (pronounced "Luke"), ages 10 and 9, are seen sitting on a concrete slab across from their bus stop in an area of Saipan known as As Teo. They never made it on the bus that came a half-hour later. They haven't been seen since. No one knows where they are, or at least they're not saying.

August 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Staffing the city -- an in-depth report

Slowly, but surely, Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson got his team together.

August 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Pack of dogs kills fawn

Kershaw County Animal Control is working to capture three to five dogs believed to be responsible for killing several fawns in Camden's historic district.

August 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Copper theft law enacted

A new law that goes into effect today is meant to curb one of the fastest-rising forms of criminal activity: copper theft. Nearly every day, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) files reports from property owners whose homes have been ripped of wiring or air conditioning units cut apart to get at copper parts.

August 17, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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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


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


‘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


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