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.
Friday afternoon's tragic accidents on U.S. 1 in Lugoff should serve as notice to us all: we need to be far, far more careful and wear our seatbelts every time we are in a vehicle, whether we are driving or merely a passenger.
Congratulations to Paul Napper, executive director of The ALPHA Center, feted on today's front page as the 2015 recipient of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation's Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award. As his nominators, Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and ALPHA Center Prevention Director Tina Griggs said in their nomination letters, we know of no one more deserving of such recognition.