Today's news of KershawHealth's decision to lay off 26 employees is unwelcome, but understandable news. Despite Capella and MUSC Health's recent lease/purchase of the hospital and their agreement to invest some $55 million into the healthcare operation during the next 10 years, some tightening of the belt was likely inevitable.
Like many of you, we are not greatly enamored with the candidates for president gracing our television and computer screens this year. With all the bombast assailing us, we are quite grateful for the more pleasant campaigns right here at home for the special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council.
As we report on our front page today, the KershawHealth Foundation is changing its name to the Health Foundation of Kershaw County. Long-time residents will remember it under yet another name: The Hospital Foundation to Advance Healthcare in Kershaw County.
The date on today's paper reads Friday, December 25, 2015. Many of you, however, likely received or bought your copy of today's paper on Thursday -- an early present, if you will, due to moving our publishing schedule to account for even the post office and our delivery drivers being off Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
It is very, very rare when this, or any other, newspaper becomes part of the story it is covering. Today, one of our top stories concerns the positive result of a search for 7-year-old Charles Chandler, who disappeared with his parents just before Thanksgiving after being here only a few short weeks.
The election season is starting a little earlier than usual for us here in Kershaw County, due to the need for a special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council vacated by Willie Mickle at the end of November.
It took nearly a decade, but the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) finally reissued Duke Energy's license to operate the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project, which include the Wateree River, Lake Wateree and its dam.
Our recent report on how the Health Services District of Kershaw Count Board of Trustees netted $2.3 million from the $35 million lease/sale of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare came about only because of a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.