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New tests won’t allow for special needs accommodations this year

Just like all other 3rd through 8th grade students in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), special needs students in those grades will take two new standardized tests this year. Unlike for other standardized tests, however, special needs students -- in fact, any student with an Individual Education Program (IEP) -- will not be allowed some of the accommodations they normally have while taking them.

March 18, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education

New flood elevation levels could save some residents on insurance

Near the end of Kershaw County Council's Feb. 9 meeting, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter announced the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had reviewed a study commissioned and paid for in part by the county on Lake Wateree elevations and their impact on flood insurance. Carpenter said at the time FEMA agreed changes needed to be made which could mean the owners of approximately 600 lots in Kershaw County would no longer be required to purchase flood insurance. He said it would take between 16 and 24 months to finalize the change.

March 18, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

Cahn: A Jewish woman helps Syrian refugees

I may be a Sprint customer, but I'm in love with the young woman in the AT&T commercials. OK, yuck, I'm old enough to be her father, or very young uncle. Forget I said anything.

March 18, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Crime Report - March 15, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 27-year-old Elgin woman after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the shoulder Sunday evening.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

Reaching for Mars

Christopher Jacob "Jake" Dean wants to go to Mars.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education

Hasty officially filing for clerk of court office

After 27 years working in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court's Office, Janet Hasty says she's just "not ready" to retire. Hasty began working in the office under Tillie Goodson and then Joyce McDonald, who recently announced her decision not to seek reelection.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics

Man who shot into ex-girlfriend’s home released on good behavior

An east Camden woman said she is "stunned" her ex-boyfriend -- who admitted to and was jailed for shooting into her home in July 2014 while she and her 11-year-old were home -- is already out of prison.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

On 5-1 vote, county council endorses VisionKershaw 2030

With a 5-1 vote during its March 8 meeting, a majority of Kershaw County Council endorsed the final draft of the VisionKershaw 2030 report. Presented by Heritage Bank Vice President Dennis Stuber, a member of the core group working on the vision document, and Santee-Lynches Council of Governments Economic and Community Sustainability Director Kyle Kelly, VisionKershaw 2030 lays out the framework for economic growth; effective land use; county service excellence; quality infrastructure and transportation; and a lifetime of education, health, culture and recreation for the next 14 years.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

State testing update on school board agenda tonight

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will get an overview of how the state's student testing program has changed during the last 10 years, including a look at how students are being assessed in the current school year.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education

Former Chairman Steve Kelly Jr. honored for service to county

A large crowd filled Kershaw County Council's chambers to nearly standing-room only capacity Tuesday afternoon to honor former Chairman Steve S. Kelly Jr. Among the many people on hand were so many former council members, current Chairman Julian Burns joked they had enough to fill several quorums.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

Grand jury returns no-bill for Methe

The Kershaw County Grand Jury returned a no-bill on charges of voluntary manslaughter against Jimmy Joe Methe, the 49-year-old east Camden man arrested a month ago for fatally shooting 17-year-old Brandon Scott Spencer during what appeared to be an attempt to break into one of Methe's vehicles.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

Cahn: ‘Open government is good government’

Next week is Sunshine Week across the country, the week where newspapers and other media focus on why -- as stated on the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press' Sunshine Week website -- "open government is good government."

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Scam using ‘Publishers Clearing House’ name hits Camden

The Camden Police Department (CPD) alerted citizens via Facebook on Tuesday it is investigating a scam being perpetrated by people claiming to be from the well-known Publishers Clearing House (PCH) sweepstakes. CPD officials said in the post they received word from local residents who received the fraudulent mail.

March 11, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

Special quilts by special students

Back in April 2015, ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper introduced a program called "Hidden Heroes" which would enable Renee Thompson's special needs students at Camden Elementary School (CES) to not only be more engaged in their learning, but with the outside world as well.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education

Citizens, district official address board on full-day 4K

Speaking as individual citizens, Camden City Councilman Jeffrey Graham and United Way of Kershaw County President Donny Supplee urged members of the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to find a way to expand its 4K offerings from half-day to full-day programs. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins also addressed trustees, indicating it not only cost more money to do so, but will actually serve fewer students. The topic came up during the board's March 1 meeting, a week ago.

March 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education

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