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Noted and passed - Feb. 16, 2015

Posted: February 16, 2015 9:41 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2015 9:44 a.m.

• Thank goodness KershawHealth and Kershaw County came to an agreement on the county’s taking over emergency management services (EMS). When its deal with Capella Healthcare closes -- likely by March 31 -- KershawHealth will pay $2.636 million for EMS to become a county-provided service starting July 1. In exchange, the county is giving up all interest in any KershawHealth real estate and other property. As we recently said, any other outcome would have been disastrous for county residents, since it could have threatened to kill the Capella deal. Instead, the way has been smoothed for Capella to operate KershawHealth with its partner, MUSC Health. And with Capella agreeing to invest $55 million in KershawHealth during the next 10 years, we can all look forward to having an even better hospital than we already do for decades to come.

• Kudos to the Camden Tree Foundation for planting about 50 trees throughout the city, including 31 along the northeast edge of Springdale Race Course. The trees -- a mix of cherry bark oak, hollies and other varieties -- will now mature along S.C. 97 outside of Edgewood and down a section of Springdale Drive. We remember another major Camden Tree Foundation on the south side of the race course along Knights Hill Road and can’t wait to see these new neighbors green up as spring comes around. Camden is lucky to have a group of people willing to raise the funds -- $20,000, including irrigation -- to beautify our city, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

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