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Community journalism’s just fine, thanks

It all started when I posted a link to an opinion piece on the Poynter Institute's website titled "Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives?" Here's the comment I made when I posted the link on my Facebook page:

February 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden's comprehensive plan about to be updated

A week from now, the city of Camden should be on its way to completing a required five-year update of its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan, adopted in 2007, works as the city's master planning document and originally contained seven elements: population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing and land use. Just as the city adopted the plan, the General Assembly amended the legislation governing the plan's requirements. Those amendments included additional components to the housing element and required local governments to add transportation and priority investment elements.

February 05, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


A really different State of the Union speech

If none of this makes sense, my apologies -- I'm writing this in a Type A Flu-induced fugue. Also, please know that I did not watch, read or listen to the president's State of the Union speech the other night. Yes, I voted for Mr. Obama, twice, but I realized something as I began seeing dribs and drabs about the speech online: while the specifics may be different from year to year, we've heard most of what is contained in such speeches, decade after decade, regardless of who's in the Oval Office.

February 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Fire prevention

The smoke detector screams, triggered by smoke coming up from the kitchen stove. Camden Fire Department (CFD) Asst. Chief Eddie Gardner quickly grabs a fire extinguisher, takes a second to carefully aim and … the flames on the burner go out, the smoke disappears, the detector cuts off.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Surgical cases up again at KershawHealth

As interim CEO Terry Gunn predicted two weeks ago, surgical volumes are up again in comparison to a year ago at KershawHealth. Surgical cases have been dropping at KershawHealth -- comparing year-to-date figures from fiscal year to fiscal year -- for some time.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Many issues on heavy city council agendas

Camden City Council will face heavy agendas for both its work session and regular meeting Tuesday. Among the items for council's work session is a report on a five-year update to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). The regular meeting will primarily focus on refinancing a portion of a 2004 bond issue and amending a loan agreement with the S.C. State Revolving Fund (SRF) connected to construction of the city's new wastewater treatment plant.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Music vs. TV for attention span

As a connoisseur of both music and television, I've noticed some interesting trends during the last few years. Like many things, such trends can be considered good or bad. On the good side are the abilities to tailor entertainment experiences to our own preferences and defer listening or viewing experiences to meet our busy schedules.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn: ‘encouraging trends’ at KershawHealth

While interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn didn't have all good news for the healthcare organization's board of trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting, he did describe much of what he's seeing as "encouraging trends."

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Police, coroner reports are public record

Two recent South Carolina crime cases highlight issues faced when dealing with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden beginning year with ‘a lot of good news’

In addition to learning that a major catfish tournament championship will be held this October on Lake Wateree (see accompanying story), there was a lot of good news in Camden City Council's first work session of the new year Tuesday.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Major fishing championship coming to Lake Wateree

Hundreds of anglers will descend on Camden and Lake Wateree in early October for a major catfish tournament championship. The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail Eastern Championship could provide a more than $500,000 economic impact to Camden and the surrounding community, according to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther. Luther announced the tournament's decision to bring the championship event to Lake Wateree at Camden City Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.

January 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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


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Bonds Conway descendants visit ancestor's home in Camden

Two buses rolled up to in front of the Bonds Conway House on Fair Street late Thursday morning. The doors opened and about 100 descendants ...

July 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | People & Places


Bond denied in felony DUI resulting in death case

A Kershaw County magistrate judge denied bond for a 26-year-old North Carolina man charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) with felony DUI resulting ...

July 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Columbia teen drowns in Lake Wateree

A 15-year-old Columbia boy drowned in Lake Wateree on Thursday afternoon.

July 25, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


'Welcome Table' project coming to Camden

Before he passed away in March 2015, the late John Rainey was still working on his dream of racial reconciliation in South Carolina with a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Crime Report - July 21, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Late Jimmie Green served on county, city councils

James Davis "Jimmie" Green who served on Kershaw County Council for one term starting in 1969 and then on Camden City Council from 1992 to ...

July 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


New schools to cost $5 million less to build

It will cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) $5 million less to build replacements for Camden, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools than originally estimated ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - July 14, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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