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S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Leonard M. Davis

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Leonard M. Davis, Jr. 69, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. The Rev. Jason Fletcher will officiate. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made in Leonard's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, Arise & Build Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes ...

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Devon Davis Graham

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Devon Davis Graham, 72, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. Rev. Dr. Chuck Everett and Rev. Dean Reynolds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Devon's memory to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P O Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101.

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials

How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Auditions set for Kelley’s Fine Arts Camden Crew Junior and Camden Crew Senior Dance teams

Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:

July 21, 2014 | | Localife

KCC holding public hearing on joint industrial park

Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing on and consider third and final reading of an ordinance approving the development of a joint county industrial park with Chesterfield County. The public hearing and consideration of the ordinance are scheduled for council's meeting Tuesday evening.

July 21, 2014 | | Kershaw County

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July 21, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire

City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Three nights later, 17ers finally get a game two win

Loading up the team bus for a trip to Georgetown for the third time in as many days for one game, the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team took another step closer to earning a state tournament berth on Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | | Sports

Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

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Developing the FEP Phase 2 referendum

Phase 1

July 21, 2014 | | Columns

P-17 Jrs. fall to Florence Blue, 5-2

South Florence Blue scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-2 victory over Kershaw County Post 17 in the opening game of the second round state American Legion playoff series between the two teams on Monday night in Florence.

July 16, 2014 | | Sports

Hayes helps lift P-17ers to game one win

Coaches love to talk about those players who show up early to games and practices and put in additional time on the field to prepare for an upcoming game.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

KershawHealth board to meet today

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is once again meeting on a twice-a-month basis, with the first of its July meetings taking place today at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on "general" KershawHealth topics. Its second meeting of the month -- set for July 28 -- will focus on finances.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

17ers take on Georgetown in round 2

Kershaw County Post 17's quest to earn a trip to the state American Legion Baseball tournament continues tonight when the locals take on Georgetown in game one of the best-of-five second round Lower State playoff series.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ruling could bar farmer from henhouse

Well, at least they got one thing right.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Release of new book coincides with Dabney family reunion

The Dabney family which, historically, has a wide connection in the Camden and Kershaw areas, held its annual reunion on June 28 at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room in Lancaster. More than 225 family members from as far away as California, New Jersey, Missouri and Virginia gathered to meet their relatives from five branches of the Dabney family.

July 14, 2014 | | Miscellaneous

Bethune Town Council welcomes new police chief

Bethune Town Council introduced the town's new police chief at its meeting Thursday.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

New orthopedic surgeon joins Camden Bone & Joint

Orthopaedic surgeon T. Chris Tran, MD, has joined doctors Andrew Piasecki and James Nichols at Camden Bone & Joint. He will perform inpatient and outpatient surgeries at KershawHealth, and his practice will focus on general orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Tran is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.

July 14, 2014 | | Healthcare

KershawHealth forms new general surgery division

More than three years ago, KershawHealth administrators started working on a plan to create a general surgery division within its healthcare system. In a press release issued Wednesday, KershawHealth administrators announced the completion of that effort, integrating the general surgical practices of doctors Paul Christenberry and Ed Gill. Gill previously practiced with Sentinel Health Partners, while Christenberry maintained a solo practice.

July 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

KershawHealth’s core commitment to patient care

There have been recent media reports about hospitals in South Carolina facing cuts in Medicare payments due to rising rates of hospital-acquired infections and hospital readmissions. These reimbursement reductions come as part of a drive by the healthcare community, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to increase patient safety and quality of care. There's nothing wrong with that -- we all should be held accountable. Hospitals across the country are working hard to attack the complex issues involved in care and to institute best practices to improve outcomes.

July 14, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns

KCSO arrests four CMA students for burglary

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four summer school students at Camden Military Academy (CMA) early Thursday after allegedly breaking into a nearby convenience store. A KCSO press release said deputies responded to an alarm activation at the store on U.S. 1 and found glass had been broken from a front door and that the store had apparently been entered.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Exit exams no longer required for diplomas

As the result of a change in state law, South Carolina students -- including those from Kershaw County -- in the class of 2015 will no longer have to pass the state's exit exam as a requirement for graduation from high school. Starting this month, the deletion of the exit exam requirement also applies to any student in the graduating class of 1990 and later.

July 14, 2014 | | Education

Melissa Justice Lilly

Melissa Justice Lilly, of Camden, formerly of Logan, West Virginia, wife of Richard Dean Lilly, Sr. passed away after a sudden illness on July 8, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born on October 26, 1970, in Holden, West Viriginia, she was the daughter of Terry and Ruby Estep Robinson.

July 14, 2014 | | Obituaries

Virginia Smith Norwood

Funeral service for Mrs. Virginia Smith Norwood, 65, of Camden will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:00 P.M. at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, Kirkland Cemetery Road in Camden with burial in St. Peter United Methodist Church cemetery, Flint Hill Road in Camden. Friends may visit at 1605 Fairfax Drive in Camden. She died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

July 14, 2014 | | Obituaries

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