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THE SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HAS RELEASED THE TENTATIVE REALIGNMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC CLASSIFICATIONS THAT WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2016-2018 SCHOOL YEARS. LUGOFF- ELGIN WILL BE IN REGION SIX 4A OTHER SCHOOLS IN THAT REGION ARE CRESTWOOD, DARLINGTON, HARTSVILLE AND LAKEWOOD. CAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE IN REGION FIVE 3A OTHER SCHOOLS IN THAT REGION INCLUDE CHESTER, COLUMBIA, FAIRFIELD CENTRAL AND INDIANLAND. NORTH CENTRAL WILL BE IN REGION FOUR 2A WITH ANDREW JACKSON, BUFORD, CENTRAL OF PAGELAND, CHESTERFIELD AND LEE CENTRAL.  THIS IS A TENTATIVE REALIGNMENT AND IS NOT FINAL BECAUSE SCHOOLS CAN APPEAL THEIR ASSIGNMENT IF THEY CHOOSE TO.

Capella Healthcare, Inc. (“Capella”), a privately-owned premier provider of health care services and one of the largest for-profit hospital companies in the U.S., has announced that its parent company and sole stockholder, Capella Holdings, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement with Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (“MPT”) (NYSE:MPW) for the acquisition of Capella for $900 million in cash. The transaction is expected to be finalized during the second half of 2015, following customary regulatory approvals. Capella is presently owned by funds affiliated with GTCR, a leading private equity firm.
“After an extensive and year-long evaluation of different strategic opportunities, Capella Healthcare is pleased to announce that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has agreed to provide the funding that will allow Capella continue to build upon our legacy of service excellence to our existing community hospitals and to provide attractive access to capital in support of our long-term growth plans,” said Michael A. Wiechart, President and CEO of Capella. “Medical Properties Trust brings to the table significant expertise in healthcare real estate, efficient access to capital markets and, most importantly, a company culture that is compatible with Capella’s mission, vision and values. Combined with Capella’s outstanding expertise in operating hospitals, MPT’s long-term investment and commitment will be invaluable in helping us achieve our primary goals of patient care excellence and partnering with new communities.” At their most recent meeting the KershawHealth board of trustees voted to extend letter of intent with Capella through August 31st.
“We are delighted to have earned the confidence of Capella Healthcare as it further expands its footprint across the country,” said Edward K. Aldag, Jr.,MPT’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive. “MPT’s highly successful investment of real estate capital in the hospital business has allowed us to carve a unique niche in the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy as we continue to focus exclusively on providing capital to licensed hospitals of all kinds.”
“Upon closing, a management company – owned by current Capella senior management – will operate and manage the hospital business while Capella’s real estate will be acquired by MPT in a sale-leaseback transaction,” Wiechart said. MPT will also own a minority interest in the Capella operating company.
The management company will retain control of the day-to-day operations of Capella’s hospitals with Wiechart continuing as President and CEO and no other changes anticipated in hospital management.
Capella is a privately-held company which, upon its founding in 2005, partnered with GTCR. GTCR’s equity investments and commitment to Capella have allowed the company to grow steadily over the last ten years.
“Since our founding back in 2005, GTCR has been an exceptional partner in helping create a company that is built to last and to make a difference in delivering high quality care in communities across the country,” said Wiechart. “As
the company moves forward, we are profoundly grateful for the leadership, guidance and financial support that GTCR has provided. Their investments have positioned the company for our next level of growth and success, which includes four additional hospitals which have chosen us as their future partner and for which diligence is currently in progress.”

In response to drought conditions in the region, Duke Energy is requesting lake neighbors who withdraw water from the Catawba/Wateree lakes including Lake Wateree to voluntarily limit watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Joe Hall, lake services director for Duke Energy says despite recent rainfall, the region continues to experience dry conditions.  The request comes as part of a collective effort by municipal water suppliers, state and federal resource agencies and duke energy to preserve and protect water resources in the Catawba/Wateree river basin.

Kershaw county councilmen heard some good news earlier this week when they were given an update on the project to build an A.D.A. accessible playground in Lugoff.  Councilmen heard that over $300,000 has been raised and that construction should start in the near future.  Laurey carpenter is one of those who spearheaded the project. Carpenter said as a result of the project’s success a new foundation is also being formed in Kershaw County. Before the meeting of council the Homebuilders Association of  Greater Columbia present a check for $2500 for the playground project. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the community playground set to start in august with the building phase taking place in September and the ribbon cutting taking place in November.

A huge thank you to the 25B30 ALC Class 105-15 Advanced Leader Course by 5th Battalion of the 218th Regiment at McCrady Training Center!  Thank you, Instructors SSG Lewis and SSG Crumblin!  Thank you, SSG Whalen, SSG Faulkner, SSG Jeremias, SSG Averett, SSG Sutton, SSG Johnson, SSG Bull, SSG Barber, and SSG Macheel!  We appreciate your service for our country!

For several months KershawHealth has negotiated with Capella Healthcare regarding a transaction that will affect the organization’s future operations. During this time, KershawHealth and its staff have worked diligently to complete the due diligence process, the required regulatory filings, employee benefits registration, and to address the many issues that inevitably arise during a complex transaction.

In addition, KershawHealth transferred EMS to Kershaw County at the end of June, which was an action requested by Capella as a condition of the transaction. KershawHealth and its Board of Trustees have made substantial progress in completing the negotiations and continue to move towards closing the transaction with Capella.

A little over a month ago, Capella asked the KershawHealth Board of Trustees whether KershawHealth would be willing to continue owning and operating Karesh Long Term Care. This change would require KershawHealth to continue in a direct oversight role of Karesh.

Since that time, the Board and KershawHealth administration have been working to assess Capella’s request. The Board has undergone an extensive financial analysis and conducted its own due diligence regarding the viability of continuing to operate Karesh. After conducting a thorough review of Capella’s proposal, KershawHealth has decided to continue with its control and oversight of Karesh. While Capella will oversee the day-to-day operations of Karesh and employ the Karesh staff in the near term, ultimately, the Board of Trustees will conduct a competitive process to identify a long-term care management partner charged with ensuring that Karesh continues to provide the very best care to its patients.

It had been projected that the transaction with Capella would close at the end of July. Analyzing and assessing KershawHealth’s options with regard to Karesh Long Term Care has taken a good deal of time, and the parties are continuing to negotiate details. As a result, an extension of the Letter of Intent until August 31, 2015 was approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting on July 27.

At about 11:00am on Sunday July 26, 2015 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an 84 year old male had walked away from his place of residence in the Cassatt area of Kershaw County. Further information provided to the Sheriff’s Office revealed that the missing elder suffered from serious health issues.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and the KCSO bloodhound team was alerted. In addition, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office notified SLED and requested that they provide a helicopter to aid in the search. Kershaw County Emergency Services was also notified and preparations were made for additional manpower to support law enforcement officers.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds and handlers began tracking in the area surrounding the missing man’s home. After nearly two hours the bloodhound team was able to locate him in a wooded area not far from his residence. Bloodhound handlers determined that the man had wandered a good way from his home and had circled back. When they located him he was heading away from his home, lying under a tree adjacent to a dirt path in order to get out of the sun. He was disoriented, barely able to talk or walk and was suffering from heat exhaustion.

After deputies located him they were able to get him into an air conditioned patrol car and over to a waiting ambulance. He was assessed by EMS personnel, but he refused additional treatment. EMS personnel helped him into his home where his wife was waiting.

“I’ve got to give it to the bloodhound team. More often than not they find their subject, whether it be a missing child, vulnerable adult or criminal,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “The deputies who make up this team are extremely dedicated and they serve the public well…. and the dogs do a great job, too.”

 

The City of Camden is asking customers of the city water system to engage in voluntary water conservation.  The city is asking water customers to take part in voluntary measures and eliminate non-essential water use and cut back on  discretionary water use such as watering  lawns no more than  twice a week and only during off peak hours or six in the evening through six in the morning.   Recently the Catawba/Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group announced that recent dry conditions have put the Catawba/Wateree river basin in a stage one drought.  Stage one is the second of five drought stage and means that voluntary water conservation measures are called for.