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A man of reconciliation

There is likely no one word to describe attorney John Stringer Rainey, who died at the age of 73 on Saturday following a short illness. The one most usually ascribed to him is "philanthropist." One dictionary definition of the word states a philanthropist is "a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous of money to good causes." In speaking with those who knew him well, or who came to know him in recent years because of their involvement with him, one finds John Rainey went beyond mere philanthropy. That could easily be said of ...

March 18, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Camden philanthropist John Rainey dies at 73

Camden philanthropist John S. Rainey, best known locally for his sponsorship of "Reconciliation," the statuary depicting Larry Doby and Bernard Baruch in front of the Camden Archives and Museum, died Saturday at the age of 73 following a short illness.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: Sunshine Week -- Your right to know

This week marks the 10th annual observance of Sunshine Week by, primarily, the nation's newspapers, but other forms of media as well.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board to vote on new referenda development

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with developing a pair of new construction-related referenda and, if so, to accept a draft timeline for that development.

March 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: When justice is derailed, we all lose

I'm not the bloodthirsty sort. I don't usually cry out for devastating vengeance against groups or individuals. If there was one person I wanted to know was heading to the electric chair, however, it was Nickolas Jermaine Miller, who will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for brutally murdering Beverly Hope Melton in December 2011.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


School board continues referenda discussion

At its March 3 meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees heard a presentation from County Planner Carolyn Hammond on the pending build-out of more than 2,100 residential lots, nearly all in the West Wateree. Seventeen hundred of those lots would be in one subdivision called Coldbranch.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive annual safety report tonight

Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board hears county growth report

With the inclusion of a 15- to 20-year residential project called Coldbranch, Kershaw County could see residential construction on 2,130 new lots during coming years. How the county -- including the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) -- will deal with that growth was the subject of a presentation County Planning & Zoning Department Director Carolyn Hammond made to the Kershaw County Board of Trustees on Monday night.

March 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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


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


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


‘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


County native’s ‘Lighthouse’ combats sex trafficking

Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Bulldogs Giving Back

Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.

February 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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KCSD to consider SCDOT easement request around CHS

In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive further Capella/MUSC advice

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to consider Beechwood PDD recommendation

Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


CMA cadets turn civil rights performance into call for action

In a few weeks, five cadets from Camden Military Academy (CMA) will travel to the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park, Md., to represent South Carolina in the annual National History Day competition. The contest will be held June 14-18.

May 22, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


A member of the family

Maggie Davis was 12 years old when she began babysitting for the late Dr. David Joseph on Kennedy Drive. The Josephs had just moved to Camden from Georgetown in 1953. Eight years later, after graduating from high school in 1961, David Joseph, who died in 1992, hired Davis to work in his dental practice's lab.

May 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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