(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)
Terry Gunn is no longer the "interim" chief executive officer (CEO) for KershawHealth. With a moderate raise and a substantial retention bonus attached, Gunn is now the permanent CEO of the county's public healthcare system.
I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.
Monday, a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) contractor will begin replacing McDowell Road bridge, one of only 90 in the state being replaced as part of a special state-federal program funded under S.C. Act 98.
$45 million is the price for a collaboration of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) patient care arm, known as MUSC Health, to take over KershawHealth.
After years of declaring a group or person of the year, I used this space a year ago to name KershawHealth the 2013 story of the year.
Finances will be the focus of tonight's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.
The man accused of kidnapping a woman in Chesterfield County, sexually assaulting her there, bringing her into Kershaw County, sexually assaulting her again and then killing her with a baseball bat three years ago will not face a jury until Feb. 9, 2016.
Dec. 30 isn't that far away.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Dec. 9 to approve four more Leaders Legacy recognition benches. The benches will honor a late dentist and three former city councilmen. Councilman Jeffrey Graham is acting as the city sponsor for the four benches.
Smiley, Quiet Storm, Showtyme, Precyse, Tailor Made, Terminator, Lieutenant, Havoc, Live Wire, Dimplez, Eyes and Eclipse. If they sound like female gang names, you'd be right and wrong. They're the "better gang," the Kershaw County Diamonds and they are step dancing champions.
Plans for Rhame Arena's renovation are firming up, and will include a shift of the main entrance from the north side to the east side of the more than 50-year-old building. Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther presented the changes to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Tuesday afternoon.
The question of who will "own" KershawHealth has been answered.
Friday, I drove from our offices here on DeKalb Street in Camden to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) to deliver two of our two dozen or so entries into the SCPA's 2014 News Contest. This year, the SCPA began accepting most entries electronically, something I finished up Wednesday. Friday was the entry deadline. Two entries -- Sports Magazine (The Camden Horse & Equestrian's most recent edition) and General Excellence (our March 28 and Sept. 26, 2014, issues) -- we had to deliver in printed form.
529 East DeKalb St. has stood vacant for many years, since Hazelwood Cleaners moved out approximately a decade ago. Four years ago, the city of Camden's building official and fire inspector determined the structure -- which was also once Camden's first movie theater -- "an immediate hazard" due to the then-potential collapse of its 35-foot-plus walls because of a failing roof.
During the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' March 23 meeting, Vice Chair Dr. Talullah Holmstrom provided what she said would be "robust report" from the board's quality committee.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
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