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More hiring boosts sought

COLUMBIA - The thousands of military veterans who call South Carolina home have more mental health care at their disposal than just a few months ago, and officials say the hiring of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers will continue if Congress gives the nod.
Lawmakers ask university about VA hospital proposal

CHARLESTON, S.C. - While the Medical University of South Carolina and the Veterans Administration are discussing a joint hospital, the university has no plans to take over veterans' medical care, MUSC President Raymond Greenberg says.
Across South Carolina

FLORENCE - A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of his stepfather despite claims of some family members that the Effingham man shot himself last December.
Man boats up coast in search of investor

...two of which are life-threatening under stress or overexertion. After docking at the marina, he went to Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center for a blood transfusion. "My doctor and family were against me doing this because all know that it is a...
$10 million study investigating if omega-3s can reduce vet suicide risk

...think about doing or studying," agreed Ron Acierno, a co-investigator at the university and the nearby Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.He said the study will help researchers decide if this is an avenue they should be investigating."If...
Billy Joe Johnson (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -Graveside services for Billy Joe Johnson, age 59 , will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010 in Kite City Cemetery, Kite, Georgia, with full military honors. Mr. Johnson was born on October 22, 1950 in Dublin, Georgia and grew up in Kite, Johnson County, Georgia. He was the son of the late John Riley and Lila Averett Johnson. Mr. Johnson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer with 22 years of service and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Johnson passed away Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Deborah Potts Johnson of Summerville, his son Jimmy Joe (Angie) Johnson of Conway, SC, his daughters Jessica Johnson (Reed) Goldberg of Medical Lake, Washington, Shelley Nicole Johnson of the home, 2 sisters Janette (Larry) Beasley of Bartow GA., Lennis (Ruskin) Powell, Swainsboro, GA, 2 brothers Raiford (Sherrie) Johnson of Garfield, GA, Jimmy (Deborah) Johnson of Kite, GA. Also surviving are his parents -in-law Frank and Mickey Potts of Goose Creek, SC and sister in law Cindy (Gary) Kelley of Goose Creek, SC. Mr. Johnson is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 1:00 P.M. until the funeral hour. Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Wrightsville Chapel has charge of funeral arrangements. To sign the Online Register Book for Mr. Johnson please visit or call the 24 Hour Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory Obituary Line at (478) 272-0106 to hear the latest updates. Sign the guestbook at