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PTHS, district may have violated crime reporting law

Although it is working with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to improve communications, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) believes district officials may have violated state law in failing to inform deputies of an incident at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS). The incident took place Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, not Thursday as first reported by school officials.

September 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Student brings BB gun to PTHS

A fourth grade Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) male student faces disciplinary action after allegedly bringing a small BB gun to the school Thursday. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said the incident occurred at dismissal time.

September 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Public meetings set for Camden BAR proposal

City of Camden staff is proposing to hold public input meetings on the proposed creation of a board of architectural review (BAR) to replace the current Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC). Camden City Council will discuss the proposed public meeting schedule during its work session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

September 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The two wives’ speeches

I'm going to leave comparisons between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's acceptance speeches to the big gun pundits. Instead, I believe this was the year of the wives when it came to the Democratic and Republican conventions: Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.

September 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden maintains ‘A’ Rating from S&P

The city of Camden has maintained its "A" rating and "stable" outlook from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services. The city has continued to demonstrate good fiscal control during an exceptionally tough economy and is reinvesting its own money into reinforcing utility infrastructure, S&P said in a press release. The city also continues to work to build up the city's cash reserves.

September 07, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Sheheen speaks to Dems at convention breakfast

Before Democratic Party delegates from across the country are scheduled to renominate President Barack Obama as the party's candidate Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., one of those delegates spoke to his fellow Democrats about political life here in South Carolina. It's a subject the speaker knows well, considering he's served in the state legislature for 12 years and ran for governor in 2010.

September 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


KH finance discussion focuses on cash on hand

How much cash should KershawHealth have on hand in order to stay open if no revenue was coming in the door? Indeed, how much cash (and investments) KershawHealth does have on hand to cover those operating expenses was the question during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 27 meeting. Is it 140 days, as reported in the board's summary financial report for the month of July? Or is it 117 days, as of July 31, as reported on a financial "dashboard" report at the same meeting?

September 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


All hands on deck

Among journalists, there are those stories that show you what you're made of. They challenge you, maybe even drive you crazy as you try to figure out just what the heck is going on. But they also teach you, not just about the craft of journalism, but about yourself.

September 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden to improve I-20, industrial park infrastructure

After years of being on the back burner, the city of Camden is ready to bank on the future of another of town: the I-20/U.S. 521 interchange area and two nearby industrial parks.

August 31, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Htax lawsuit court date set for Oct. 4

They'll finally get their day in court.

August 29, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The first days of ‘real’ school

Thursday was my younger son, Caleb's 11th birthday. Unreal, right? One of our gifts was a new Lego Star Wars bookbag, celebrating his love of Legos, Star Wars and a Lego Star Wars video game he and his brother, Joshua (also 11; he'll be 12 in October), love to play.

August 27, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden ready to ‘Grab Life’

The city of Camden is ready to "Grab Life." That's the slogan for a new city branding campaign developed after two years of planning, research and work by a citizen's stakeholder committee and the West Columbia-based advertising, marketing and design firm of Flying Napkins Inc.

August 27, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


A stark choice come this November

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.

August 20, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden annexes proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant lot

Camden City Council expressed its hopes that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will actually be built in Camden with a 4-0, unanimous vote to annex a small piece of property on West DeKalb Street. Tuesday's vote was the second and final reading necessary of an ordinance authorizing the annexation of a 1.08-acre lot being subdivided from the Seven Oaks Shopping Center, anchored by Kmart.

August 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘Newsroom’ shows how it should be

It should come as no surprise to long-time readers that I am absolutely loving Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom on HBO. In fact, considering some of my latest columns, new readers probably aren't surprised, either.

August 13, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Primaries for District 1 special election today

The Kershaw County Democratic and Republican parties will hold their primaries today for a special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County ...

February 09, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Outcry led trustees to table consolidation discussion

A week ago tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees unanimously tabled a discussion on the pros and cons of placing a consolidated Bethune ...

February 09, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Historic Camden to make presentation to county

Dr. Tray Dunaway, chairman of the Historic Camden Foundation, will make a presentation concerning the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site during tonight's Kershaw County ...

February 09, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 9, 2016

During the past week, two Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies managed to avoid head-on crashes with drunk drivers in separate incidents. In both ...

February 09, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Hundreds turn out for board meeting at Mt. Pisgah

The Kershaw County Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to delay a discussion on where to place a consolidated Bethune/Mt. Pisgah elementary school. The ...

February 05, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Feds give orcas, dolphins new protections

I'm a sucker for orcas (a/k/a killer whales), dolphins and whales. I just love them. Depending on the species, they are, in ...

February 05, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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