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Cooperation cracks crime spree

A Tiger Woods hat. A partial fingerprint. Some DNA. And a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer's recollection of a case from as far back as 12 years ago. Those elements -- and deputies, officers and investigators from five Midlands law enforcement agencies -- came together Friday to stop a one-man crime spree.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Matthews hit with 3rd $2 million lawsuit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews got the news just a few hours before participating in a press conference about a serial robber Monday. A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office victims advocate, Barbara Jones, is suing him for defamation of character, seeking $2 million in actual and punitive damages.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 3, 2011

Narcotics agents with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men at a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, location July 25 after receiving an anonymous tip they were cooking methamphetamine in a metal shed.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KershawHealth moving to software reporting systems

To help elevate the quality of its reporting and even patient safety, KershawHealth received the go-ahead July 25 from its board of trustees to purchase nearly $500,000 of software. The unanimous vote allows hospital administrators to work with three vendors -- Midas, Medisolv and Iatrics -- to transition existing paper reporting to automated systems.

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KCSO phones jammed by Mattox supporters

For some 50 minutes Friday, someone -- apparently sympathetic to ousted Kershaw County Republican Party co-chair Jeff Mattox -- made it very difficult for anyone else to get through to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


I'll take the middle road, thanks

Perhaps the best commentary I've read on the debt crisis came from Lou Zickar on CNN.com. Zickar wrote the commentary as the editor of The Ripon Forum, "a centrist Republican journal of political thought and opinion published by The Ripon Society."

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CPC votes against rezoning request in Dusty Bend

The likelihood of a motorcycle shop moving a block or so down Broad Street is less of a possibility now than it was just a few days ago.

July 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Mattox off KC GOP executive committee

Jeff Mattox is no longer the co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party.

July 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Polk: RTA rejects Medicaid broker deal

The Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA) along with other area RTAs rejected a contract with a new Medicaid broker Monday. That was the word from Camden City Councilman Willard Polk who now represents the city on the S-WRTA's board.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Robber strikes again

A knife-wielding robber already suspected in a number of Camden-area cases struck again Sunday night, this time at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 521 South near the I-20 interchange. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said it now appears the suspect may be tied to crimes outside Camden as well.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Patriots rep refuses to resign county GOP office

Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party, is resisting calls for him to resign. Mattox, who is a representative of the Kershaw County Patriots -- a Tea Party-like group -- confirmed Tuesday that his fellow co-chair, Chris Oviatt, asked him to step down.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 27, 2011

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit (TEU) officers were busy on I-20 as they began their second week of operation.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Suspect with knife robs gas station

The modus operandi, or M.O., looked familiar.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Beechwood resurfaces

The Camden Planning Commission (CPC) will consider a request Tuesday evening to extend the vested rights for Beechwood's Planned Development District, or PDD.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council to consider revised parks use policy

Camden City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to adopt a revised park and park facility use policy. The new policy reflects the existence of the Town Green and its unique place in the city's greenspace inventory.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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All-County Academic Teams: 20 years

A conversation 20 years ago between Victor Jowers and his wife, Sarah, created an academic legacy which has lasted ever since. Jowers said he was looking at the Chronicle-Independent and other newspapers and saw how they were recognizing the county's top athletes.

March 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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


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