The question of who is in control of KershawHealth -- at least from an administrative standpoint -- will change sometime in the near future as Donnie Weeks announces his retirement as president and CEO of the healthcare organization.
In early April, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said he would "much rather look at other agencies than close down the hospital." Wise made the comment during a presentation by KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks with Mike Bunch, the healthcare organization's vice president and COO/CFO. That presentation ended with Weeks and Bunch asking the county to take over deficit funding of its emergency management services (EMS) program.
The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) issued 726 citations during its recent law enforcement "blitz" in Kershaw County. The SCHP partnered with the Camden and Elgin police departments and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office in an effort to combat a near tripling in fatal traffic accidents in the county.
The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.
Camden City Council ultimately came to a consensus Tuesday afternoon to provide some funding to the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA). That was after, however, a clash between some members of council over how much to give.
A large crowd from within and beyond the Lugoff community gathered Saturday morning at the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) to help dedicate two new fire trucks. The event included speeches from local dignitaries and a traditional "hose uncoupling" and wash down. Local businesses also provided food for all and memorabilia for children.
A decision made by the S.C. Supreme Court Wednesday made national headlines ... if you're a journalist, that is. There's a great blog maintained by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, of which I'm a member) called FOI FYI.
There is a chance that there could be up to 300 new homes in Camden by 2018, just five years away, if U.S. Census and other projections hold up. The statistic -- based on a projected 8 percent increase in housing stock from 2011 to 2018 -- is part of a draft revision of Camden's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Friday, more than 80 people crowded into the Camden Archives and Museum to help dedicate the first five benches in the city of Camden's new Leaders Legacy recognition program. City officials moved the ceremony indoors due to a rainy forecast. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for honorees and their families to have their pictures taken at each respective bench outside.
Camden City Council granted $60,000 worth of hospitality taxes to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site's McCaa Tavern project on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, but not before a series of heated exchanges during that afternoon's work session.
Camden City Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to appropriate $60,000 in hospitality taxes toward the restoration of the McCaa House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Historic Camden originally requested $100,000; council is considering the $60,000 as an initial appropriation with the remaining $40,000 to possibly be granted at a later date.
A very long time ago, I read James A. Michener's novel, Alaska. I was in a period where I thought it was neat to follow the "history" of a place from its earliest geological birth to wherever it was Michener happened to leave off. Alaksa was the last of his novels I ever read and vowed never to go back because -- as the Library Journal reviewed in 1988 -- the "final sections are trite, uneven and overloaded with stereotypes."