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My sons’ Star Trek education

For many pre-teen boys (and those of us who are ... um ... much older) science fiction TV shows and movies are exciting fare that are almost required watching. How can a young man (or older one) get through life without knowing who Capt. James Tiberius Kirk, Han Solo, Marty McFly or The Doctor are?

September 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Bunch withdraws from KH CEO consideration

KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch will not be the next CEO of the healthcare organization. In a letter dated Monday to KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Napper, Bunch withdrew himself from consideration for the top administrator's position. He made a point of notifying Napper that he was not resigning from KershawHealth.

August 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden to ‘Let Freedom Ring’ for MLK anniversary

The city of Camden is asking more than 30 churches in the city to participate in a "Let Freedom Ring" bell-ringing ceremony Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Camden City Manager Mel Pearson is expected to update Camden City Council on the ceremony during its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday.

August 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


‘I Have a Dream’ lives 50 years on

Depending on what story you want to believe, I was either named for the bird Martin (likely a purple one) or for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There's also the more Jewish name origin, in that I may have been named for a female relative whose name was Matilda (or something close to that).

August 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Haile Gold Mine restart could benefit county

Could the pending restart of mining operations at Lancaster County's Haile Gold Mine benefit Kershaw County? While environmental concerns are being expressed in and around the town of Kershaw, and environmental benefits may come through wetlands mitigation near the mine and in lower Richland County, Kershaw County leaders are looking at a potential positive impact to the local economy.

August 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Maxway work to start this week

People walking or driving through downtown Camden may not see the old Maxway's walls come tumbling down quite yet. What they will see this week, perhaps as early as today, is the first stages of work to remove asbestos from the site.

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board chooses Bunch for CEO

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees already knows who it wants to be the healthcare organization's chief executive officer (CEO): Mike Bunch, currently KershawHealth's executive vice president, chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO).

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Patch never matched local news

Last week, I wrote about Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post and how the so-called "demise" of print news is something most community newspapers like the Chronicle-Independent have been fortunate to avoid. That's because the C-I and papers like it have been "hyperlocal" before anyone coined the term. We pretty strictly limit our coverage to news that happens inside the borders of Kershaw County. When we tackle something larger, we always "bring it home" by linking it to someone or something in the county.

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Blues festival making changes for 2013

There are going to be some changes to this year's Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden and Camden City Council is helping the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County to make those changes and advertise the festival. Council members asked FAC Executive Director Kristin Cobb to speak as they considered a resolution to appropriate $5,000 worth of additional hospitality taxes to assist with advertising expenses. Some of the money will also be used for additional staging and security costs.

August 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Carolina Brotherhood rides into Camden

Twenty-seven firefighters from North and South Carolina rode up on bicycles to the Camden Fire Department (CFD) at Camden City Hall a little after 11 a.m. Monday. Family, friends and other supporters rode ahead or behind in trucks. Monday marked the Carolina Brotherhood's third day of riding, having started in Rocky Mount, N.C. They had just come from Darlington where they got the chance to run a circuit around the Darlington Raceway.

August 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Sandhills is county’s first NCQA accredited facility

Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. is the first healthcare organization of its kind in Kershaw County to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation. The accreditation is for its Lugoff office in Kershaw County and another office in the town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County.

August 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Gabbiee Swainson’s body found in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews knew something big was happening Thursday when 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson received a phone call while they were having lunch.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


No work session for city council Tuesday

Camden City Council will not meet for a work session Tuesday. Normally, council uses such sessions, which begin at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, to discuss business that may or may not be voted on during that night's regular meeting.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth releases CEO exit package

Donnie Weeks will officially retire as president and CEO of KershawHealth on Jan. 3, 2014, according to documents obtained Friday by the Chronicle-Independent through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. On that date, Weeks will receive a lump sum payment of $524,000, "which is intended to be the rough, approximate equivalent of the value of one year's cumulative compensation and benefits," according to a transition agreement and release obtained as part of the FOIA request.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Print or online, C-I here to stay

Once a week, probably around age 12, I rode my bike up and down Urbana Drive in the Wheaton-Glenmont neighborhood north of Washington, D.C., delivering copies of the Montgomery County Journal. My bike was black with newspaper baskets over the back wheel, and I once did a great end-over-end cartwheel off it while trying to impress a girl. I didn't get the girl, but did break and dislocate all four left hand fingers and split open my upper lip. No applause, please.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Diamonds are the ‘better gang’ now

Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.

April 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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