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Making inroads in Camden

Several months ago, the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) heard a presentation by Jay Daniels with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Daniels came to talk about something called "complete streets." The idea, according to Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam, is for a community to have streets that serve as more than just conduits for automobiles.

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Legislators foil 'Trikki's' real intentions

Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?

July 04, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

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


Office purchase part of one KH physician deal

KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

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


Proposed commission changes criticized

Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Byars expected home soon

Camden's Bill Byars, currently the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), is "expected to go home soon," according to a SCDOC spokesperson.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Vargas is why we need DREAM Act

While not as earth-shattering as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, I still remember the images of April 16, 2007.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

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


Tempers flare as council discusses future of commissions

It started with a recommendation to change the name of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission. That didn't appear to be much of a problem during Camden City Council's work session Thursday afternoon. The only request came from Councilman Willard Polk who wanted to make sure a description of the commission's duties included specific verbiage about city parks.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


County hit by small earthquake

It was heard or felt in Elgin, Cassatt and Camden Friday afternoon. But exactly what was "it?"

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Bethune couple arrested for peddling cocaine

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the June 16 arrest of a Bethune couple on charges of distributing powder cocaine was the result of numerous tips and complaints from area residents.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City solicits architectural firms for YMCA project

Although Camden City Council hasn't officially decided to build a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run recreation center, city officials have already solicited architectural and engineering firms for their qualifications to build the facility.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Brantley, Aberdeen receive Rochester landscaping award

The house at 1409 Broad St. is officially referred to as The Mathis House. Built around 1810 by Samuel Mathis, the first white man born in Camden, Mathis purchased the land from his brother-in-law and Camden's "father," Joseph Kershaw.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council, critics react to Facebook shutdown

Some members of Camden City Council were caught unawares when asked for their reaction to the city's shutdown of its Facebook page.

June 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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NCMS mourning sudden passing of beloved teacher

Students, administrators, fellow teachers and the surrounding community are dealing with the shock from the sudden passing of North Central Middle School (NCMS) teacher Helen Charlene Mathis on April 29.

May 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: What now, Baltimore?

Six Baltimore, Md., police officers are facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American resident who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury while being arrested April 12.

May 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Second look at proposed KCSD budget shows few changes

The Kershaw County School District's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 budget shows a modest 2.4 percent increase from the current FY 2014-15 budget. The proposal calls for a balanced $74.83 million budget, up from almost $73.1 million in the current fiscal year.

May 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH trustees hold off on naming Capella advisory board

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hold off on nominating members of what will become an advisory board to Capella Healthcare until after the Franklin, Tenn., company closes on its pending lease/purchase of the hospital. The board also voted unanimously to extend an offer to an undisclosed candidate to become executive director of the Kershaw County hospital district.

May 01, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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