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Htax lawsuit moved to November

A lawsuit challenging the city's use of hospitality taxes for the construction of a proposed sports complex in Camden has been moved from Thursday to Nov. 1.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


S.C. Supreme Court suspends Cushman

The S.C. Supreme Court placed Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman on interim suspension Friday, suspending his license to practice law in the state of South Carolina until further notice. Camden City Council voted to place Cushman, who also acted as the city's municipal court prosecutor, on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 20, one day after he turned himself in to the Kershaw County Detention Center on misconduct in office charges. On Sept. 25, council voted to hire the Pope Zeigler law firm, with three of its lawyers acting as interim city attorneys; and Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal ...

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man missing more than a week

For eight days, family members and the Camden Police Department (CPD) have been worried about Ricky Alan Courtney. According to a CPD report, his wife said the last time she saw or heard from him was around noon Monday, Sept. 24.

October 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Outgoing KH board members say ‘good-bye’ as they approve budget

At a time when healthcare is going through so many changes itself, KershawHealth's board of trustees is seeing a change as well. Sept. 24, the board celebrated the tenure of four outgoing members: Chairman Jody Brazell and trustees Dr. Marguerite Carlton, Carolyn Hampton and Earnest Witherspoon. Each completed their full six-year terms of, as KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks put it, "faithful and productive service."

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Council hires interim city attorneys

Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to name Pope Zeigler LLC and three of its lawyers -- co-founder Margaret Pope, Gary Pope and Lawrence Flynn -- as interim city attorneys. Council also voted unanimously to name Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal & Sheheen LLP, as interim city prosecutor. Councilman Pat Partin was absent.

September 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


C-I files FOIA request in Cushman case

The Chronicle-Independent delivered copies of a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Monday to the city of Camden in relation to misconduct in office charges against suspended City Attorney Charles Cushman. The FOIA request is addressed to City Manager Kevin Bronson and Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd, with a copy delivered to Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

September 26, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Donations from defendants went into restricted drug fund

Suspended Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman is charged with misconduct in office, accused of dismissing charges against municipal court defendants in exchange for "donations" into the Camden City Drug Fund.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Preservationist to attend CCC work session

C&K Historic Consulting's Carrie Giauque, the city's historic preservation consultant, will be on hand for Camden City Council's 4 p.m. work session Tuesday. While City Planner Shawn Putnam will present revised design guidelines for a proposed board of architectural review (BAR), Giauque will make herself available to answer questions as well.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Romney’s already lost the election

Mitt Romney blew his chance at becoming the next president of the United States. Actually, he lost the election back in May, we just didn't know it at the time. No one did. We didn't know until last week when Mother Jones magazine published the contents of a secret video of Romney talking during a private fund-raiser about how he doesn't need to worry about 47 percent of the American people.

September 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City attorney arrested, charged with misconduct in office

Camden City Attorney Charles V.B. Cushman stood in a bond setting room at the Kershaw County Detention Center early Wednesday evening, not as a lawyer, but as the accused.

September 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Film, attacks acts of the weak-willed

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Lexington Medical Center expanding into Kershaw County

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) is making a small expansion into Kershaw County. Like KershawHealth here in Kershaw County, LMC is a public hospital, subject to the authority of Lexington County Council.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden could get power from new provider

The city of Camden could have a new wholesale electric power provider by the beginning of 2014, possibly ending a years-long relationship with Progress Energy and its predecessor, Carolina Power & Light.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden to conduct citizen surveys in January

At a late July work session, a majority of Camden City Council members indicated they wanted to hold off on conducting citizen surveys for one year. Those in favor of holding off said they were concerned about how to pay for the surveys and conducting them in close proximity to this November's general election.

September 14, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Cahn: What ‘The Artist’ meant to me

Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Burns, McLean travel in hopes of bringing business to county

Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns recently returned from Europe while Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean returned from China. The two trips mark ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Camden man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl

A 25-year-old man mentioned in Tuesday's weekly crime report as possibly contributing to the delinquency of a minor is now being charged with multiple ...

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Collision, drowning mark two deaths in two days

Two men died in separate incidents during a less than 24-hour period Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.

April 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Stover’s Craig Jelks is 2016 KCSD Teacher of the Year

Loud cheers and happy tears greeted Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's announcement Thursday evening of the 2016 KCSD Teacher of ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Camden Kmart to close this summer

Sears Holding will close its Kmart store on West DeKalb Street in Camden in late July. Eligible employees will receive severance pay and have the ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


King Haigler subdivision may expand near PTHS

More houses may be coming to the King Haigler subdivision behind and adjacent to Pine Tree Hill Elementary School between S.C. 34 and Hermitage ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 26, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men in a single incident during which a KCSO traffic deputy caught them excessively speeding on ...

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: Members of Congress are people, too

As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Upchurch & Jowers, KCSD celebrate academics at 21st annual banquet

For the 21st year, Upchurch & Jowers and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) inducted the brightest seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Guidance counselors find novel ways to help students

A decrease in elementary school bus ride disciplinary actions. Helping middle school students prepare better for standardized tests. Giving high school students at risk for ...

April 22, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


School board to look at referendum ballot language

Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will begin looking at and discussing the actual wording of a pair of referenda to be placed ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - April 19, 2016

Camden officers arrested a 37-year-old Mullins man with grand larceny on April 12 following a traffic stop by a Kershaw County deputy after reports of ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns, Carpenter lay out state of the county, future at chamber breakfast

"Kershaw County is open for business" is the mantra Kershaw County Councilman Julian Burns often uses to summarize his vision for bringing industries and other ...

April 19, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


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