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Yesteryear - March 1, 2016

21 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 28 - March 4, 1995

Posted: February 29, 2016 7:22 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Hospital officials met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday night to discuss developing a medical facility in the Lugoff area.

Kershaw County Medical Center board members have prioritized five possible sites and are now in the process of developing a contract, said Dr. Lawson Lewis, chairman of the board. No options have been exercised on any of the sites, he said.

Lewis did not specify any of the locations but said they were all west of the Wateree River.

Consultants from Raleigh, N.C., recommended one of the five sites in the closed session, which the board entered into for disvussion of a contractual matter. The same consultants presented their initial expansion prioposal in an open meeting in early February.

Their plan called for a 42,000 squiare foot medical office building and diagnostic center to be built in the Lugoff area as well as smaller one doctor facilities in Kershaw, Bethune, Bishopville, and possibly Elgin, where a building has already been donated.

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Sgt. Greg Pendleton has only one question about his new role as one of the city’s new bicycle patrol. “We can sneak up on someone and chase them really well, but what are we going to do with them when we catch them,” he asks jokingly.
An onlooker might wonder the same thing, since riding a handcuffed suspect to the police department on the handlebars would be less than convenient.

Such an image is as humorous as is it unlikely, but isn’t one that rubs Pendleton and officer Curtis Watkins, the patrol’s other half, the wrong way. Both said they are excited and enthusiastic about the more progressive role the department is taking with the bicycle patrol. It puts the two on the streets of Camden downtown and in trouble spots where a bicycle’s stealth and less threatening presence can help police fight crime better.

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Photo caption: Long time employees of the Kershaw County Medical Center received recognition and gifts at a dinner in their honor Monday evening. Pictured are Jean Hodge, 15 years; Virginia Mitchell, 20 years; Jacqueline Robosson, 25 years; Ruth Mann, 10 years; Bobby Walker, 10 years; Jo Ann Hooper, 20 years; Margaret Bray, 25 years; Edna Johnson, 20 years; John Wilson, 15 years; Frances Belton, 35 years. Not pictured that day were 10 year employees Sharon Wright, Sharon Lanier, and Margaret Rice and 20 year employees Reatha Johnson, Ellen Johnson, Julia Bracey, Thelma Smalls, and Virginia Norwood.

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Photo caption: Pianist Bo Dickinson and singers Betty Brown, Neal Clark, and David Foster get together for a rehearsal of “From This Moment On.” The fourth singer in the revue, Ari Dickinson, was absent.

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Elginites help celebrate the opening of the Elgin recycling center by tossing a ceremonial first piece of trash. Participating in the ceremony are Kershaw County youngsters and (from left) Drew Moak, Sen. Warren Giese, Kershaw County Council Chairman Steve S. Kelly Jr., Elgin Mayor Paul Grooms, and Kershaw County Councilman John Wells.

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