As I spelled out near the end of last month, the biggest local story of 2013 was KershawHealth. As faithful readers know, as the healthcare organization celebrated its centennial, it became further bogged down by losses caused primarily by external factors. Those factors include continuing shifts -- thanks to the economic fallout of the last few years -- from inpatient to outpatient volumes, cuts in governmental and commercial reimbursements and South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.
Whether it be the back nine or the back 40, you know you're getting closer to the end of some stories as you reach them. That's the case with this last third of our review of the year that was: 2013. Some stories are "good;" some less so.
And so we come to the middle of the year gone by -- the months of May, June, July and August 2013. What was the big news? Flooding, the transformation of a former school, Bethune's police department, KershawHealth's financial struggles and the saddest, but not entirely unpredicted end to a story of a missing teenager from Columbia.
Isn't that a great cartoon by Ariail up there? I love how Baby New Year's coming in on a drone, taking a selfie as Old Man 2013 looks on incredulously. It's inspiring, even ... at least to someone who needs to write an end-of-the-year column.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Georgia man on drug charges following a shooting incident at a Lugoff hotel. KCSO deputies have not been able to directly tie the man to the shooting.
December 24, 2013|
At the end of past years, I've picked out a person or group of the year, sometimes both. This year, I'm not so much highlighting a group as I am an organization. Really, what I'm doing is recognizing the year's biggest story.
Kershaw County currently has no plans to develop or otherwise use a 122-acre piece of property associated with Liberty Hill Farms the county controls. The Conservation Fund, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving natural resources, recently purchased a more than 3,500-acre site once known as the Singleton Creek Tract from Greenwood Communities and Resorts Inc. for $9.187 million.
KershawHealth's new interim chief executive officer (CEO) says the healthcare organization needs to reestablish relationships with physicians and the trust of the people of Kershaw County in order to succeed in the future. Terry Gunn, who took over as interim CEO two weeks ago, made the statement as part of a report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Tuesday evening.
Camden City Council spent two hours during its Dec. 10 work session hearing Arnett Muldrow's initial tourism marketing plan recommendations. In this second of two reports on that presentation, the C-I looks at the Greenville-based firm's suggestions concerning organization and funding, data collection and analysis, and the questions asked and concerns raised by council members and others during the meeting.
As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.