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KershawHealth has better January financially

On paper, January turned out to be a better month financially than KershawHealth has seen in some time. Compare January's $84,000 operating loss to December's $344,000 loss, November's $572,000 loss and October's $902,000. For all of Fiscal Year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, 2013, KershawHealth experienced a $3.62 million operating loss and $4.75 million decrease in net assets.

February 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


A somber, but important anniversary

Of all the hundreds of stories I have written for the C-I, perhaps the most gratifying and the most tragic was "Death of a Deputy," a five-part series we published in 2009.

February 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden African-American tour, brochure coming

Work is continuing on an African-American tour and brochure for Camden. Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson will report to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon about progress on the project. Richardson is one of three members of a recently formed African-American History Committee composed of Clifton W. Anderson and Dr. Ernestyne Adams.

February 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Springdale Antiques closed, but Gibson still restoring furniture

Parker Gibson may have closed the store bearing the name of his business, Springdale Antiques, almost two months ago, but he hasn't retired. Gibson, who turned 73 in September, is still doing some of what he's done for more than four decades: restore antebellum Southern furniture. He only closed the store for health reasons that he prefers to keep private.

February 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Something nice to say about Gov. Haley

Whether she got great advice from her team or she made the decision on her own, kudos to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for declaring a state of emergency during our recent winter storm. It was absolutely the right thing to do.

February 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth board gets annual safety report

Safety and security were the lead topics at a KershawHealth Board of Trustees' meeting Feb. 10. KershawHealth Director of Safety and Emergency Preparedness Abby Palmer, RN, presented the board with her annual safety report. Her report provided safety and security highlights from 2013, and looked ahead to 2014.

February 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City acquiring more Commerce Alley easements

The city of Camden is acquiring some more easements along Commerce Alley to assist with a water line project. Camden City Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that was added to Tuesday night's meeting agenda on Monday. A copy of the ordinance was not immediately made available.

February 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Public hearing on Camden plan update Tuesday

Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan during its meeting Tuesday evening. State law requires local governments to have a 10-year plan. The city enacted the current plan in 2007. Work on a mandated five-year update began two years ago in 2012.

February 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Community journalism’s just fine, thanks

It all started when I posted a link to an opinion piece on the Poynter Institute's website titled "Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives?" Here's the comment I made when I posted the link on my Facebook page:

February 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Camden's comprehensive plan about to be updated

A week from now, the city of Camden should be on its way to completing a required five-year update of its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan, adopted in 2007, works as the city's master planning document and originally contained seven elements: population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing and land use. Just as the city adopted the plan, the General Assembly amended the legislation governing the plan's requirements. Those amendments included additional components to the housing element and required local governments to add transportation and priority investment elements.

February 05, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


A really different State of the Union speech

If none of this makes sense, my apologies -- I'm writing this in a Type A Flu-induced fugue. Also, please know that I did not watch, read or listen to the president's State of the Union speech the other night. Yes, I voted for Mr. Obama, twice, but I realized something as I began seeing dribs and drabs about the speech online: while the specifics may be different from year to year, we've heard most of what is contained in such speeches, decade after decade, regardless of who's in the Oval Office.

February 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Fire prevention

The smoke detector screams, triggered by smoke coming up from the kitchen stove. Camden Fire Department (CFD) Asst. Chief Eddie Gardner quickly grabs a fire extinguisher, takes a second to carefully aim and … the flames on the burner go out, the smoke disappears, the detector cuts off.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Surgical cases up again at KershawHealth

As interim CEO Terry Gunn predicted two weeks ago, surgical volumes are up again in comparison to a year ago at KershawHealth. Surgical cases have been dropping at KershawHealth -- comparing year-to-date figures from fiscal year to fiscal year -- for some time.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Many issues on heavy city council agendas

Camden City Council will face heavy agendas for both its work session and regular meeting Tuesday. Among the items for council's work session is a report on a five-year update to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). The regular meeting will primarily focus on refinancing a portion of a 2004 bond issue and amending a loan agreement with the S.C. State Revolving Fund (SRF) connected to construction of the city's new wastewater treatment plant.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Music vs. TV for attention span

As a connoisseur of both music and television, I've noticed some interesting trends during the last few years. Like many things, such trends can be considered good or bad. On the good side are the abilities to tailor entertainment experiences to our own preferences and defer listening or viewing experiences to meet our busy schedules.

January 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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KH may offer 2 percent employee raises

KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Rescue personnel search for missing boater on river

Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Plans for second covered arena at equine park trotting ahead

S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation Board Vice Chair John Cushman provided Camden City Council with some good news during its meeting Tuesday evening: the foundation already has commitments for all but about $220,000 of the $850,000 needed to construct a second covered arena at the S.C. Equine Park.

September 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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