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At a special called meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 18, members of the Kershaw County Legislative Delegation, Kershaw County Council, and Camden City Council received an update from Capella Healthcare President and CEO Michael Wiechart regarding the Capella/MUSC Health transaction.

During his remarks in the session, Wiechart said the most important outcome of the coming partnership between KershawHealth and Capella/MUSC Health will be expanded local care and seamless access to advanced care, and that the current opportunity is founded on the value of local hospitals like KershawHealth to their individual communities.

“Our focus will continue to be on the local hospital and on its affiliation with MUSC Health. What people in this community care most about is having access to outstanding care close to home and on the compassion of their caregivers. That’s our priority, as well.”

Wiechart noted the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recognized the fundamental changes occurring in the healthcare industry and the need to move forward in seeking a partnership that would strengthen the local hospital while ensuring it could deliver the requisite quality outcomes and cost-effective care demanded by those changes. Capella’s collaboration with MUSC Health takes advantage of both organizations’ strengths – MUSC’s academic expertise, clinical excellence, and commitment to education; and Capella’s proven expertise in managing community-based hospitals.

The importance of KershawHealth to the community has been clearly evident throughout the due diligence period, Wiechart said. The support offered by members of County Council, City Council, and the legislative delegation, as well as by community members at large has been invaluable to the ongoing success of the transaction. Successful collaboration between the hospital, the Board of Trustees, and these stakeholders further demonstrated everyone’s commitment to a successful transition and to ensuring the hospital’s future.

Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, TN and MUSC Health formed the regionally-based, clinically-integrated Capella-MUSC Health Network (initially called Midlands HealthONE Network)  last November. Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville became the first affiliate, with its acquisition by Capella on January 1. KershawHealth will become the second member of the network this summer.

During its closed executive session, the Board of Trustees, along with members of Kershaw County Council, Camden City Council, and the Kershaw County Legislative Delegation received an update from Capella CEO Mike Wiechart regarding the Capella/MUSC Health transaction, including due diligence findings, economic development initiatives, and the current state of contract negotiations.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY HAS HIRED A NEW BASEBALL COACH. THE SCHOOL ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT MONTE LEE A 1995 LUGOFF- ELGIN GRADUATE WHO PLAYED ON THE 1993 LUGOFF- ELGIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASEBALL TEAM HAS BECOME JUST THE THIRD BASEBALL COACH AT CLEMSON SINCE 1957. AFTER GRADUATING FROM LUGOFF- ELGIN, LEE WENT ON TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL AT THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON. LEE BECAME THE FIRST EVER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON POSITION PLAYER TO BE DRAFTED WHEN HE WAS SELECTED IN THE 39TH ROUND IN 1999 BY THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. LEE WAS HIRED BY SPARTANBURG METHODIST AS THEIR HEAD COACH IN 2002. IN 2003 HE TOOK AN ASSISTANT COACH POSITION AT SOUTH CAROLINA BEFORE LEAVING IN 2009 TO TAKE THE HEAD COACHING JOB AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON WHERE HE COACHED FOR SEVEN YEARS AND COMPILED A RECORD OF 276 WINS AND 145 LOSSES. DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASE BUT CLEMSON IS EXPECTED TO INTRODUCE LEE AS THEIR HEAD COACH IN A PRESS CONFERENCE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.

THE VONNIE HOLLIDAY LITTLE BULLDOG FOOTBALL CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 22-26 AT CAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL FROM 9AM-12PM FOR KIDS AGES 7-14. THE COST IS $35 PER CAMPER THAT INCLUDES A T SHIRT. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE KERSHAW COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 45-6009.

THE LUGOFF ELGIN VOLLEYBALL CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 22-26 FROM 9AM-12PM FOR GIRLS AGES 9-14 AT LUGOFF ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL. THE COST IS $60 THAT INCLUDES A T SHIRT, A $5 REDUCTION FOR EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD FROM THE SAME FAMILY. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE KERSHAW COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 425-6009.

JUNE 26TH MARKS THE START OF DIXIE YOUTH AND DIXIE OZONE ALLSTAR BASEBALL STAY TUNED TO KOOL 102.7 FOR ALL THE ACTION.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:20 ITS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AS THE ATLANTA BRAVES BATTLE THE NEW YORK METS.

On June 18, 2015 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigator arrested Marsha Burr (47) from Lugoff, SC on the charges of Breach of Trust Over $10,000.00 and Forgery Over $10,000.00 after she turned herself in to authorities.

On May 20, 2015 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office took a report on a forgery and embezzlement incident at the SC ENT Allergy and Sleep Medicine facility in Lugoff. According to the complainant, she was researching accounts and discovered that between 2013 and 2014, it appeared that Burr had been writing checks from SC ENT accounts to herself and another company for which she did accounting. The amount of funds that Burr misappropriated to herself was $116,609.00.

A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigator began investigating the allegations and obtained search warrants for Burr’s accounts. He also worked closely with accountants from SC ENT and another company for which Burr worked, as well as the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The investigator was able to identify checks that Burr forged as well as funds that she had diverted to herself. Once interviewed, Burr further implicated herself in the incidents for which she was being investigated.

On June 18, 2015 Marsha Burr turned herself in to the Kershaw County Detention Center and was released after she posted bond. She has no previous criminal convictions.

Clemson University has hired a new baseball coach. The school announced Thursday that Monte Lee a 1995 Lugoff- Elgin graduate who played on the 1993 Lugoff- Elgin state championship baseball team has become just the third baseball coach at Clemson since 1957. After graduating from Lugoff- Elgin, lee went on to play college baseball at the College of Charleston. Lee became the first ever College of Charleston position player to be drafted when he was selected in the 39th round in 1999 by the St. Louis cardinals. Lee was hired by Spartanburg Methodist as their head coach in 2002. In 2003 he took an assistant coach position at South Carolina before leaving in 2009 to take the head coaching job at College of Charleston where he coached for seven years and compiled a record of 276 wins and 145 losses. Details of contract have not yet been release but Clemson is expected to introduce lee as their head coach in a press conference sometime next week.

TONIGHT IN AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL THE POST 17 SENIOR LEGION TEAM WILL TRAVEL SUMTER FIRST PITCH AT RILEY PARK IS SET FOR 7:00.

THE VONNIE HOLLIDAY LITTLE BULLDOG FOOTBALL CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 22-26 AT CAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL FROM 9AM-12PM FOR KIDS AGES 7-14. THE COST IS $35 PER CAMPER THAT INCLUDES A T SHIRT. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE KERSHAW COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 45-6009.

THE LUGOFF ELGIN VOLLEYBALL CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 22-26 FROM 9AM-12PM FOR GIRLS AGES 9-14 AT LUGOFF ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL. THE COST IS $60 THAT INCLUDES A T SHIRT, A $5 REDUCTION FOR EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD FROM THE SAME FAMILY. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE KERSHAW COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 425-6009.

JUNE 26TH MARKS THE START OF DIXIE YOUTH AND DIXIE OZONE ALLSTAR BASEBALL STAY TUNED TO KOOL 102.7 FOR ALL THE ACTION.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 5:55 ITS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AS THE ATLANTA BRAVES WRAP UP A FOUR GAME SERIES WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX.

Later this summer the Kershaw County School District will be updating the district website and at the start of the next school year parents will be able to register their children on-line.  That was the word to school trustees earlier this week as they were briefed on the district’s technology efforts.  According to Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County school superintendent later this summer an updated district website will go on-line.  Morgan says the site will be easier to use and provide more information about Kershaw County schools.  Morgan also said that at the start of the school year in August parents will be able to register their children on-line which should make the registration process easier.

A man who was a leader in the Kershaw county business community and the trucking industry passed away late last week at the age of 94.  Charles Gay, Sr. founded Builders Transport in Savannah, Georgia and later moved the headquarters for the firm to Camden.  At one point builders transport was the second largest truckload carrier in the united states with over thirty-five hundred tractor trucks and over nine thousand trailers and vans.  Gay passed away last Friday in Dahlonega, Georgia.  Services for Charles Gay, Sr. will take place Friday in Dahlonega.

At approximately 6:45am on June 15, 2015 a SC Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a 2015 Ford Focus bearing New Jersey tags on I-20 for speeding. A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy assigned to the traffic unit stopped to see if the trooper needed assistance. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a backpack containing 480 dosage unit size bags of heroin and enough additional heroin to make an estimated 3,500 dosage unit size bags of heroin. Along with the heroin, the deputy located 1.5 ounces of MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy.”

During the morning of June 15, 2015 a SCHP Trooper was patrolling on I-20 in Kershaw County when the trooper stopped a 2015 Ford Fusion rental car for speeding. The vehicle was occupied by Kamal Massey and Eric Sumpter, both from New Jersey. A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer was in the area and stopped to see if the trooper needed assistance. The trooper told the deputy that something did not seem right about the occupants as they were acting very nervously.

The deputy, who is trained in drug interdiction, talked with the Massey and Sumpter and during their conversation noticed marijuana flakes on Sumpter’s shirt. Sumpter admitted to having smoked some marijuana. Additional conversation with both Massey and Sumpter further reinforced the deputy’s suspicion. Both men indicated that they didn’t know to whom the backpack located in the back seat of their car belonged. A subsequent search of the vehicle and backpack by the deputy revealed the heroin, the MDMA, a digital scale and packaging materials.

Both men were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin and trafficking  MDMA. They were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they remain, unable so far to post bond.

Sumpter who was recently released from federal prison has previous arrests for forgery, probation violations, larcenies, receiving stolen property, identity theft, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, credit card theft, wrongful impersonating, assault on police, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of analog drugs, theft by deception, making false ID, harassment, assault, threat to kill and resisting arrest. These arrests took place in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Georgia.

Massey has been previously arrested for possession of analog drugs, distribution of drugs on school property, distribution and possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, prowling public places, improper behavior and possession of drug paraphernalia. These arrests took place in New Jersey.

“A “routine” traffic stop and excellent interagency cooperation resulted in these significant narcotics arrests. Sumpter and Massey intended to peddle a lot of their “poison” somewhere and were stopped in Kershaw County. I commend the trooper and our deputy for taking the extra steps necessary to get these men off the street,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Eric Sumpter

Eric Sumpter

Kamal Massey

Kamal Massey

 

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is proud to host and produce the Arts Arising Summer Program on its campus again this year. This special arts program began in 1988 through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District and this year, more than 120 children from Kershaw County schools are participating.

  • What is the Arts Arising program?

Arts Arising is an arts immersion program serving third through sixth grade artistically gifted and talented students. In its 25th year, this collaborative effort serves between 120-140 students each year. Since its inception, this program has reached more than  2,900 students in the community. These students spend two to four weeks each summer in this extraordinary program on the campus of the Fine Arts Center where the depth of instruction and an atmosphere of total arts immersion define each day. Third-grade students stay two weeks and perform a showcase their last day. Older students continue several more weeks and write, produce, and perform a showcase at the end of the month for parents and family members.

Arts Arising allows students and teachers to totally immerse themselves in the arts. Comprehensive classes in the students’ strong arts areas—music, visual art, dance, and theatre—are coupled with interdisciplinary classes and daily performances by, and discussions with, visiting professional artists. Curricula materials stress advanced understanding, skills, and knowledge in the arts, as well as an exploration of the many roles of the artist: critic, historian, aesthetician, producer and performer. Arts Arising students are provided the opportunity to:

  • expand knowledge, technique, and practice in a chosen art form.
  • study art forms and their common elements and principles in a variety of disciplines.
  • experience first-hand the work of professional artists.
  • refine problem-solving and self-evaluation skills through self-discovery, experimentation and research.
  • express feelings, moods, problems, and solutions verbally, in writing, and through various modes of artistic expression.

“The Arts Arising program provides excellent arts opportunities for our artistically gifted students every summer. Participation in the program is highly sought year after year because of the quality of the programming,” said Dr. Alisa Taylor, Kershaw County School District Executive Director for K-12 Instructional Support Systems. “This unique model for serving artistically gifted students at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County serves to educate our students about the arts and culture, instills a love of the arts, and encourages students to develop skills that can benefit them throughout a lifetime.”

Jami Steele, Director of Education and Theatre says she is always impressed with how intelligent and inquiring the students are. “Our visiting artists, professionals in their craft, often comment on the high level of artistic knowledge that our students display when questioning the artists about their performance and their area of expertise,” she said.