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School board to hold preliminary budget discussion

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and CFO Donnie Wilson will lead a preliminary discussion of the district's 2015-2016 budget at a Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting set for Tuesday evening.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Pat Watts, long-time FAC, DAR supporter passes

A long-time supporter of both the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is being mourned today. Patricia "Pat" Plyler Watts died Tuesday at the age of 79.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CFD honors firefighters of the year at council meeting

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recognized two of its top firefighters during Tuesday nights' Camden City Council meeting. CFD Chief John Bowers announced Lt. Chris Tidwell as the CFD's 2014 Career Firefighter of the Year and retired Capt. Gene Parnell as its Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SLED still investigating Folsom shooting

U.S. Marshals who fatally shot a federally convicted Camden accountant Dec. 5, 2014, notified the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) they were coming into Kershaw County the day before, but chose not to have the county's chief deputy accompany them.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crescent Communities sell-off includes Kershaw County land

Crescent Communities LLC, a real estate offshoot of Duke Energy, recently closed on the sale of thousands of acres of land in South Carolina, most in Kershaw County. Portions of the property also lie in Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Cahn: We’re all part of ‘Team Civilization’

I'm having to do it again. It's a compulsion, I suppose, but at least it's a good one, in my opinion. Once again, I see some people on Facebook or other spots on the internet calling for the utter destruction of "Muslims" or "Islam."

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. The relatively light agenda includes a quality committee report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom which will touch on a "pay for performance" update.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to hear Equine Foundation presentation

Representatives from the S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation (SCEPF) will speak before Camden City Council during its meeting Tuesday night. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.; there will be no afternoon work session. SCEPF officials are expected to update council on a $250,000 grant application to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth sees 215 flu cases in one week

In one recent week, KershawHealth recorded 215 positive rapid flu tests. According to Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection control and prevention, those 215 positive tests came back during the week ending Dec. 27. Guild said that is the highest number of positive flu tests this season.

January 07, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: We made it to the future

(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)

January 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn no longer 'interim' KershawHealth CEO; gets raise with amended contract

Terry Gunn is no longer the "interim" chief executive officer (CEO) for KershawHealth. With a moderate raise and a substantial retention bonus attached, Gunn is now the permanent CEO of the county's public healthcare system.

December 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: ‘Mr. BB’ is my Person of the Year

I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.

December 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


McDowell Road bridge replacement starts Monday

Monday, a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) contractor will begin replacing McDowell Road bridge, one of only 90 in the state being replaced as part of a special state-federal program funded under S.C. Act 98.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Details of Capella/MUSC deal for KershawHealth revealed

$45 million is the price for a collaboration of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) patient care arm, known as MUSC Health, to take over KershawHealth.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Again, KershawHealth is year’s top story

After years of declaring a group or person of the year, I used this space a year ago to name KershawHealth the 2013 story of the year.

December 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Tax collection helps KH make $1.1 million in February

KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.

March 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth, Capella/MUSC deal extended

Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KCSD deferred maintenance list sent to committee

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Cahn: ‘Madam Secretary’ is terrific TV

From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KH board to go over financials tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


On 7-2 vote, school board goes for second referenda

Kershaw County residents will have another chance to vote on a pair of school construction-related referenda in November 2016. Exactly what form those referenda will take is yet to be seen.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CMA Blackjacks win first national drill competition

For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing's grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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