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Editorial: Ernest Health
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Along with a rather contentious debate on exactly how to fund some extra items in the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget, Tuesday’s Kershaw County Council meeting came with some very good news: unanimous passage on second reading of an option agreement with Ernest Health to purchase 8.63 acres at the Wateree Business Park to, ultimately, build some type of rehabilitation hospital. According to a copy of the agreement, if Ernest exercises its option -- and it sounded Tuesday as if there is very little to stand in its way -- the company would purchase the land at a cost of $30,000 an acre, or $258,900. It would then develop the site and establish a facility with a five-year investment of $17.8 million, creating 113 new jobs.