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Faces and Places

  • Standing in the gap

    Most days, a labor and delivery nurse goes home smiling.

    “We get to share in the happiest days of people’s lives,” said Cathy Montgomery, who is the nurse manager for labor and delivery and newborn nursery at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But there is a flip side to that happiness coin, when things go wrong and pure joy turns to unspeakable sorrow.

     Those are the days when infants are stillborn or die.

    “I always say we have the best job in the world or the worst,” Montgomery said.

  • Passing through one last time

    On occasion, I’m a little jealous of W.B. Evans. This is one of those times.

    When it comes to looking back, “Mr. Bill,” as we call him in the newsroom  doesn’t have to pick and choose when looking for what stands out. Choosing the top features stories of the year is hard.

    I went through 157 issues making a few notes and was stunned to recall the people, places, events and organizations that make a difference. 

    To cull the list to 10 was almost impossible.    

  • As we break bread – Christmas 2001 in the New Normal: Part 2

    Editor’s note: Author Cole Waddell is a Lancaster resident who was living in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He moved back here in 2005. This is the second part of a three-part series about Southerners who shared Christmas dinner there each year.

    Part 2

    We are well aware that things have changed. With airline security now ramped up, this year’s Christmas dinner will be different.  

    There will be no jars of Duke’s Mayonnaise or pickled okra.  

  • As we break bread – Christmas 2001 in the New Normal

    Editor’s note: Author Cole Waddell is a Lancaster resident who was living in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He moved back here in 2005. This is the first part of a three-part series about Southerners who shared Christmas dinner there each year.

     

    Of the nation’s regions,

    the South is the most possessive of her issue.

    Whatever their age, wherever they reside, they remain hers.

  • Meet your Neighbor – Jacquelyn Nesbit

    Name: Jacquelyn Nesbit

    Age: 55

    Address: McIlwain Road

    Family: Husband, the late Mitchell J. Nesbit; one son, Mario Nesbit, 24, and a daughter, Dionka Nesbit, 23

    Job: Front counter cashier, McDonalds 

    Church: Mount Sinai Glorious Church of God

    Hobbies: Cooking, singing, doing hair, sewing and making other people happy

  • Lost & Found

    When Beverly Dozier’s family went around the table to say what they were thankful for during Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal she didn’t hesitate.

    Dozier is thankful for her gently-used brown corduroy coat and how it’s taken on a new meaning in her life.

    Andrew Garris may not have been at the Columbia home of Dozier’s brother to hear her sentiments Thursday, but he is just as thankful for that coat.

  • Patient inspires doctor's walk of faith

    Most of the time, the doctor does the talking and the patient does the listening. Some physicians are even apprehensive about dropping their guard to pray with patients.

    However, that’s not the case for cancer specialist Dr. Kashyap Patel of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care, or at least not anymore. 

    Now, Patel, the vice chief of staff for Springs Memorial Hospital, does both.

  • Ira B. Jones III: A hero who proudly served

    My family moved to 307 White St., when I was about 2 years old. 

    We moved next door to the Joneses – Big Ira, Minnie Craig, Sis, Ira B. III (Sonny) and Susan. Only a gravel driveway separated our houses.

    Immediately, the Jones family became my family, too.

  • Seeing pink twice

    For Jan Hicks, the pink ribbon on her Springs Memorial Hospital employee badge isn’t a reminder that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    As a registered nurse and case manager, Hicks doesn’t need a decal on her name tag to remember that. 

    Right now, many in the medical field are supporting men and women who have survived, or are battling breast cancer. 

    That comes with the territory for Hicks and her colleagues. 

  • Tori Roberts unique birthday wish comes true

     

    KERSHAW – Before Tuesday’s volleyball game between Andrew Jackson High School and Central of Pageland is over, there is a chance that the Lady Vols’ Tori Roberts may be called on to serve. 

    It may be her 17th birthday, but she won’t let that cause a distraction. 

    Tori has the determination to succeed at everything she does. Just ask Pastor Pablo Tayupanda and his wife, Marcella.