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At their most recent meeting Kershaw County Council passed first of an ordinance dealing with communications towers.  The ordinance establishes what is called a tower notification zone and is intended to give adjacent property owners more voice in the location of communications and cell phone towers.  The tower notification zone equals one and a quarter time the height of the tower and property owners in the zone who oppose the location of the tower can take the matter before the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission.  The measure passed with a unanimous vote.  The ordinance faces two more readings before it becomes final.

Last night in Major League baseball the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-1 while the Washington Nationals had the night but still lead the Braves by six games.

Last night in College Football the Texas A&M Aggies snapped the Nation’s longest winning streak by blowing out the South Carolina Gamecock 52-28. Texas A&M’s quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 518 yards and 3 touchdowns while South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson was 20 of 40 for 366 and 4 touchdowns.

Tonight in High school football the North Central Knights travel to Timmonsville kickoff is set for 7:30.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin goes to Fort Mill and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs are on the road at West Florence.

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue is participating in the annual MDA Boot Drive Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the intersection of US 1 and SC 34 in Lugoff. Crews raised over $2,000 in donations Thursday morning in 3 hours. Crews will be accepting donations placed inside the “Fire Boot” as they stand near the roadway. Lugoff Fire-Rescue partners with the Camden Fire Department each year during the Labor Day weekend to raise money for the MDA. The team of Lugoff and Camden Fire Departments were 3rd Place in the entire state for money raised in 2013 among fire departments. Contact Tara Heil with the MDA for more information at 803-799-7435 or theil@mdausa.org.

A tractor/trailer truck carrying a load of lumber overturned midday Thursday at Springdale Drive and U.S. 1 in Camden.  According to Mike Stone, Captain of Operations for the Camden Police Department the driver of the truck was turning left onto Springdale when the truck overturned.  Stone says there were no injuries but the driver will be charged with driving too fast for conditions.

The Kershaw County School District will reopen its PowerSchool Parent Portal where parents can log in to view their students’ attendance and grade information next Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“Last year we averaged over 1,000 parents using our Parent Portal site a day,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “This online system has made it very easy for parents to stay up-to-date on their students’ academic progress.”

Parent Portal can be accessed via any school website or the district’s website at http://www.kershaw.k12.sc.us/district/instruction/powerschool/parent_portal.htm.

Parents who used the system last school year will use their same sign in and password information this school year.  New parents or parents who did not use the system last school year can sign up at their children’s schools.

In addition to current averages in each class, the online system contains grades for individual assignments.  Parents can also e-mail teachers directly from the system.  Attendance for elementary and middle school students is recorded on a daily basis while high school students’ attendance is recorded for every class.

Last night in Major League baseball the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2  while The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8 -4, the Nationals still lead the Braves by 6.5 games.

Friday night in High school football the North Central Knights travel to Timmonsville kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin goes to Fort Mill and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs are on the road at West Florence.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:55 Its Major League baseball as the Atlanta Braves battle the New York Mets and on Startime 1590 at 3:00 It’s the Gamecock pregame as 9th ranked South Carolina host 21st ranked Texas A&M. kickoff is set for 6:00.

 

Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening passed first reading of the millage ordinance for the current fiscal year.  The total millage comes to 87.2 mils.  Here’s the breakdown- 66.4 mils for county operations and personnel,  8.8 mils for county debt service, 9.7 mils for the county fire district,  and 2.6 mils for the county sewer district.  In addition residents of the Lugoff fire district will pay 25.8 mils.  The millage ordinance faces two more readings before it becomes final.

On August 26, 2014 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested Michael Brass (31) whose last known address is in Lugoff, Heath Sanders (30) whose last known address is in Columbia and Jessica Norris (29) from Elgin, SC after officers discovered a small meth lab they were operating in a room at the Economy Inn in Lugoff, SC.

Acting on an anonymous tip, KCSO narcotics investigators went to room 18 at the Economy Inn and spoke with the occupants; Brass, Sanders and Norris. During conversations with the occupants, deputies obtained consent to search the room. In the course of their search they discovered what is called a one pot meth lab as well as the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.  All three occupants were subsequently arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Brass has previous arrests for narcotics, simple assault, criminal domestic violence, disorderly conduct, domestic assault and assault 3rd degree. Sanders has previous arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under suspension, DUI, strong armed robbery and carjacking. Norris has previous arrests for DUI, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, narcotics and she is currently on probation for narcotics violations from Lexington County.

All three suspects are currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

“This is the 8th meth lab seized in Kershaw County this year compared to 3 labs that were seized in 2013. Meth labs are inherently dangerous and are usually found in rural areas. Making meth in a motel room near occupants of other rooms is especially dangerous. We appreciate the tip that lead to this discovery,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Heath Sanders                                                                                                                   Heath Sanders

Jessica Norris                                                                                                                   Jessica Norris

 

Michael Brass                                                                                                                    Michael Brass

 

Last night in Major League baseball the Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets 3-2. The Washington Nationals also lost the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3, the Nationals still lead the Braves by 7.5 games.

 

Friday night in High school football the North Central Knights travel to Timmonsville kickoff is set for 7:30.

 

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin goes to Fort Mill and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs are on the road at West Florence.

 

Tonight on Kool 102.7 it’s the first football edition of the High school coach’s hour. You will hear from Louis Clyburn of North Central, Jimmy Neal of Camden and Lugoff Elgin’s Dave Thomas talk about last week’s game and preview Friday night’s game. We will join the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets game in progress following the High School Coach’s hour.

 

At its meeting on August 25th, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted to revise the healthcare system’s financial assistance policy. This policy establishes the criteria for providing discounts to uninsured or underinsured patients who do not have the financial means to pay for medically necessary healthcare services.

Eligibility for financial assistance is calculated based a patient’s annual income above Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). FPG is widely used to calculate eligibility for any number of assistance programs in the United States. Prior to the adoption of the new policy, adjustments to patients’ bills were based on a sliding scale from 100% to 50% of the bill and 100% to 400% of FPG. The simplified new policy allows for 100% adjustment of bills for patients with incomes up to 138% of FPG. In other words, qualifying patients would not have to pay any portion of their bills. Co-payment requirements for KershawHealth employed physicians, Emergency Department, and Urgent Care are excluded from the discounted charges.

Commenting on the new policy, KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn noted, “We project our annual charity care write-offs for the current fiscal year will be in the range of $15.7 million. Ironically, this level of write-offs threatens the sustainability of our mission to care for all the patients who come to us. And so we have to find the right balance between honoring our mission and remaining financial viable. We believe the new policy achieves that balance.”

In his presentation to the Board of Trustees, KershawHealth Executive Vice President Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer Mike Bunch noted that the new policy is in line with the policies in place at other hospitals and at community clinics in the area. According to Bunch, hospitals are revising their charity policies in response to implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act. Through these exchanges, people above 138% of FPG now have options for more affordable health insurance.

KershawHealth’s new policy is expected to reduce charity care write-offs by $2.1 million, some portion of which will be offset by increases in bad debt.

For more information about KershawHealth’s new charity care policy, contact Lisa McCaskill in Patient Financial Services at 803-713-6595. Patient Financial Services can also provide guidance in navigating the Health Insurance Exchanges.