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City council to try 'all-in-one' meeting

For the first time ever, a tape recorder rolled and Camden's city clerk took notes during a Camden City Council work session Sept. 8. City Manager Kevin Bronson made the decision to do so following inquiries by Councilman Willard Polk and the Chronicle-Independent as to whether the city was violating the S.C. Freedom of Information Act by not recording work sessions.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSO seizes prison contraband on I-20

Members of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit made its second significant seizure of contraband destined for state corrections facility Monday afternoon.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 14, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is seeking two men who conned their way into an 84-year-old woman's home on Forest Drive and stole $5,000 in jewelry.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


What 9/11 means to me, 10 years on

I am angry.

September 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


'Y gives you a great option,' says YMCA CEO

The YMCA of Columbia's chief executive officer said 893 households would become members of a Camden Y in its first year of operation. YMCA CEO Bryan Madden gave that figure to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Thursday afternoon. Madden's appearance coincided with a discussion of a proposed memorandum of understanding (link to PDF; includes city manager memo to council, letter from Madden to council and complete text of MOU) council is set to vote on Tuesday.

September 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


9/11: A 'Camden connection' remembrance

"The entire building moved under my feet. Things started moving faster then, and we made our way down to about the eighth or ninth floor when smoke and other stuff started filling up the stairwell." --Brad Bradham, Manhattan, Sept. 12, 2001.

September 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council to vote Tuedsay on YMCA document

Camden City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and YMCA of Columbia to operate a proposed sports complex the city plans to build on the former site of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. The item appears on a proposed agenda for Tuesday's meeting obtained by the Chronicle-Independent Wednesday evening.

September 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 7, 2011

Acting on a tip, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested James Albert Dorris, 35, of Camellia Lane, Lugoff, for manufacturing methamphetamine in the bathroom of his home. The agents also received word that Dorris had booby-trapped the back door with a shotgun.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Former KCSO narcotics head sues Matthews

David Dowey, the former head of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics division, is suing Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million claiming Matthews has made defamatory statements about him. That brings the total number of defamation suits against Matthews to four seeking a total of $8 million in actual and punitive damages.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City takes step in right direction on work sessions

Seven or eight years ago, I spent a good chunk of time following a legal fight involving the city of Camden over Kirkwood Common. At one point, I'd attended a circuit court hearing on the matter and then waited months to learn the judge's decision.

September 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Nearly half of anti-sports complex petitioners not in city

An examination of a 36-page petition opposing Camden City Council's proposal to use hospitality taxes to build a YMCA of Columbia-managed sports complex reveals that nearly half of those signing the petition live outside the city limits of Camden.

September 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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


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KCSD wants KCC to revive local funding formula

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) wants Kershaw County Council to return to the days when the county used a formula to come up with local funding to the district.

April 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


All-County Academic Teams: 20 years

Monday night marked the official 20th anniversary of the Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team program. The insurance agency and Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) annual banquet, held in Bethesda Presbyterian Church's Westminster Hall, looked back at those 20 years while inducting 32 members from the district's three high schools.

April 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


SCE&G’s Camden office to close May 29

South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will close its Camden office May 29, according to a letter included with customers' most recent bills. The office's address is 205 Sumter Hwy., at the corner of Ehrenclou Drive where South Broad Street becomes Sumter Highway.

April 22, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


School board to continue budget discussion Tuesday

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussing the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) proposed 2015-16 school year budget Tuesday night. According to a copy of the board's proposed agenda, the discussion will include a line-by-line review of proposed expenditures and updates, if any, on state revenue.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: Some Americans can’t vote for president

Who would have thought a goofy looking guy with bad teeth from Britain named John Oliver could make us laugh so hard about the insanity of American government excesses, healthcare bureaucracy and even something as seemingly boring as net neutrality?

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH board to start process of creating Capella advisory board

When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


U.S. Marshals cleared in Folsom shooting

Three U.S. Marshals have been cleared by the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office in the Dec. 5, 2014, shooting death of Joseph Glenn Folsom at his Blue Heron Lane home on Lake Wateree.

April 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


IRS seizes Old Armory Steakhouse

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and officers from the Camden Police Department (CPD) entered the Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant on Rutledge Street around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and seized the business.

April 17, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


All-County Academic Teams: 20 Years

On March 25, Anna Mazurek was in northern Chile. WiFi service was "pretty sporadic" in places and didn't work at all for two days as the month drew to a close and Anna didn't expect it to for a few more days.

April 15, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Referenda supporters speak to school board

Three people spoke to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its April 7 meeting about the possibility of bringing a new set of facility construction and penny sales tax referenda to voters in 2016.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Springdale Plaza changes hands

Springdale Plaza has a new owner. In mid-February, ProVest PDQ Sprindale LLC, part of a merger between ProVest Properties, an investment company, and PDQ Properties Corp. Officially, according to a deed filed at the Kershaw County Registrar of Deeds Office, ProVest PDQ paid $10 and "other valuable consideration" to DDR DownREIT LLC, an Ohio limited liability company. DDR used to be known as Developers Diversified Realty Corp.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Cahn: Does Tsarnaev deserve death penalty?

We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KC Diamonds host step show Saturday

The Kershaw County Diamonds will host Camden's annual step showcase Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camden High School gym. The program is sponsored by the city of Camden and The ALPHA Center.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan’s contract extended to 2017

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday night to extend Dr. Frank Morgan's contract as the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) superintendent by one year, to June 30, 2017. In a separate vote, the board also unanimously granted Morgan a 1.5 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2014.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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