Two recent South Carolina crime cases highlight issues faced when dealing with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.
In addition to learning that a major catfish tournament championship will be held this October on Lake Wateree (see accompanying story), there was a lot of good news in Camden City Council's first work session of the new year Tuesday.
Hundreds of anglers will descend on Camden and Lake Wateree in early October for a major catfish tournament championship. The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail Eastern Championship could provide a more than $500,000 economic impact to Camden and the surrounding community, according to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther. Luther announced the tournament's decision to bring the championship event to Lake Wateree at Camden City Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.
David West said he has such respect for the men he worked for as a Kershaw County deputy coroner, that he waited until the current coroner decided not to run for reelection before officially putting his hat in the ring. West, who once served as deputy coroner for close to 15 years under former Coroner Tommy Horton and current Coroner Johnny Fellers, said he has wanted to be coroner for years.
I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line.
The city of Camden could recognize some savings if it is able to refinance a 10-year-old bond as well as amend a large, multimillion dollar loan from South Carolina's State Revolving Fund (SRF). Camden City Council will learn more about the possible savings during its first work session of the year Tuesday afternoon.
Johnny Fellers, Kershaw County's coroner for more than 20 years, will no longer be coroner after this November's election. Fellers, who also served as a deputy coroner for eight years prior to first being elected coroner in 1993, announced Monday he would not be running for reelection this fall.
In recent days, Hezbollah, the Shi'a Islamic militant group and political party, reportedly moved missiles from storage bases in Syria to Lebanon. The missiles include Scud Ds that could target Israel. The news echoes fears Israel faced in December 1998 after the United States and United Kingdom conducted Operation Desert Fox, a bombing campaign on Iraqi targets. After the four-day operation, Israel and its American and U.K. partners worried that Iraq might fire Scud missiles against Israel -- something Iraq had done during the first Gulf War almost eight years earlier in January 1991.
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.
A detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck another detainee and a female corrections officer on Dec. 26.
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.
Whether it was Bethune, Camden, Elgin or Kershaw County, councils of the city, town and county variety grabbed headlines throughout 2013, including during the early months of the year.
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.
Fewer people may be eligible for "free" care at KershawHealth if the healthcare system's board of trustees signs off on a "financial assistance policy" change. Currently, the charity care policy uses a "stair step" formula to determine how much assistance to provide lower income patients.
Fitch Ratings upgraded its financial outlook for KershawHealth from "negative" to "stable" July 17, according to press releases issued by the ratings firm and KershawHealth on Tuesday. KershawHealth said Fitch upgraded the outlook as a reflection of the healthcare organization starting to implement its strategic plan.
They've become annual traditions. First, members of the Camden Fire Department's (CFD) Explorers program compete -- and win -- an Explorers competition in Myrtle Beach. Then, Camden City Council honors the Explorers with certificates of merit, giving the team a chance to show off their skills to council and the public.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will take up several matters relating in various ways to the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP) at a combined board and finance/facilities meeting slated for noon Tuesday.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in its Health Resource Center on Battleship Road. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on financial matters as Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch reports on June's finances.
OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.
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