About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
(With focus on this year's election coverage, I'm giving myself a break from this week's column. However, here's a somewhat Halloween-related column from 2010 I hope you'll enjoy again.)
If approved by Camden City Council in November, up to $4 million in bonds will be used to help finance the renovation of Camden's Rhame Arena and create a convention center at the Central Carolina Technical (CCTC) campus near I-20 Exit 98. City Manager Mel Pearson revealed the bond issue's purpose as part of a public hearing held during council Oct. 28 meeting.
During the open portion of an Oct. 27 meeting which included an executive session presentation from a possible strategic partner, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees learned it lost approximately $3.5 million during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30; the unaudited $3.5 million figure was revealed in a look at September's financial statement. The board met at its Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
(Due to the Chronicle-Independent's error, the party affiliations for Kershaw County Probate Judge candidates Debbie Branham and David Reuwer were reversed in the print and original online versions of this story. The online story has been edited to correctly show that Branham is a Republican and Reuwer a Democrat. Furthermore, this story has been updated with new information noting that Reuwer has previously run for office in Sumter County. The C-I apologizes for and regrets the error.)
A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is responding to claims of censorship after the owner of a Columbia art gallery issued a press release following the opening of an exhibit in Camden.
Camden City Council will use part of its meeting Tuesday evening to hold a public hearing to gather public input on an ordinance it is considering that would allow the city to issue a no more than $4 million bond. A copy of Tuesday's agenda did not state the purpose would be for the $4 million. City Manager Mel Pearson was unavailable to answer questions by deadline Friday.
In the first of what it plans as a series of meetings held in different parts of the county, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees will hold a meeting tonight in the conference room of the Outpatient/Urgent Care Center at Elgin. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Trustees and hospital administrators will be on hand one hour before the meeting begins, at 5 p.m., to speak to the public and answer questions on various topics, including KershawHealth's strategic plan.
A Camden man died Saturday afternoon after his SUV drove off the side of McRae Road and caught fire.
Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.
Danny Wharton is noticeably proud of the changes in KershawHealth's emergency department. Wharton, the healthcare organization's director of ancillary and emergency services, took several people on a tour of the renovated space that now accommodates the hospital's Express Care service.
Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.
A Kershaw County woman died after the moped on which she was a passenger was struck head-on by a pickup truck on Smyrna Road outside Elgin around 10:15 p.m. Friday.
For many Americans, Sept. 11 will always carry memories of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. For Sampson Parker and his wife, Lee Ann, Sept. 11, 2007, will always be the day their lives changed forever.
It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.
Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.
Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.
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