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Man charged with felony DUI in fatal crash

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) arrested and charged a 26-year-old North Carolina man with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting great bodily injury following the death of another North Carolina man in a three-vehicle collision on I-20 eastbound around 3 a.m. Friday morning.

July 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


'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 focus on Camden.

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


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 very important circuit court ruling came down concerning how public bodies -- city and county councils, school boards, commissions -- enter executive sessions.

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Columbia teen drowns in Lake Wateree

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

July 20, 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 2000, died Saturday. He was 81.

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 government. I have done this not just because my job depends on the freedom of information, but because having access to government information is crucial for every single man, woman and child in the state.

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. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to issue three guaranteed maximum (GMP) price contracts to two firms to build the new schools for a total of approximately $56.49 million. The original estimates put the cost building the three schools at more than $60 million.

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


New management to upgrade, reopen Camden Burger King

A Charlotte, N.C.-based Burger King franchise will spend between $350,000 and $450,000 to completely upgrade the fast-food company's currently closed location at 210 East DeKalb St. in Camden.

July 11, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Board to review ‘guaranteed maximum price’ for new schools

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will gather tonight for its only regular meeting of July. On the agenda will be consideration of a "guaranteed maximum price" to construct three replacement elementary schools.

July 11, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the first time. For many reasons I've explained in the past, Wednesday, July 5, 2000, was my Independence Day.

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crime Report - July 7, 2017

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City hears economic development presentations

During Camden City Council's June 27 work session, members heard two presentations regarding economic development. The first focused on Camden's Main Street SC program, with Beppie LeGrand, manager of the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) Main Street program, and Eric Budds, MASC's executive vice president. They presented initial suggestions based on work done so far by Camden Main Street SC Manager Kat Spadacenta.

July 04, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


The positivity factor

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'" -- Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, in "Network" (1976).

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


The scary part of Trump’s speech

I wrote today's column twice. I originally wrote a fairly straight-forward, "safe" examination of President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nation's ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


January 12 will be Irma make-up day for KCSD

Kids will have to be in school on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, a day they originally thought they'd have off as a teacher work ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Robinson pleads, is sentenced for rash of vehicle break-ins

One of six people arrested at various times in 2016 for a rash of vehicle break-ins pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 and will spend the ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Shots fired early Friday morning on Broad Street

Several people out running around 4 a.m. Friday noticed a number of police cars in front of a home on the 1600 block of ...

September 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Wastewater lagoon recovery plan proposed

There may come a day when hardly anyone will remember that a 16-acre wastewater lagoon existed at the end of Bramblewood Plantation Road.

September 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Who’s an ‘illegal immigrant’?

On Tuesday's front page, we published a story I wrote about 42-year-old Gheorge Iordache, who pleaded guilty in late August to 60 of 97 ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City council gets silversmith preview

Members of Camden City Council, along with City Manager Mel Pearson, donned blue non-latex gloves at the behest of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cassatt woman sentenced in drug case

A 64-year-old Cassatt woman will spend the next 12 years in a state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to four drug charges.

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Sept. 15, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD)

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Taking to the skies

There had been threatening clouds earlier -- and would likely return -- but by the time Barbara Francisco and Ruth Hoyt were ready to fly on the ...

September 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Military


Skimmer sentenced and deported

A 42-year-old Romanian man living in the country illegally who pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to numerous counts of criminal conspiracy involving the use of "skimmers ...

September 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


When it’s time to stop

With new technology, such as newly acquired LUCAS 3 automatic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) devices, and the ever-increasing level of training they receive, Kershaw County Emergency ...

September 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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