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“Pray4Kennedy” Teen Dies of Cancer

Plus, Bottles Cleaned Up Near Swansea

By Al Dozier
Friday, December 27, 2013 |
A Lexington County teenager who received widespread community support died of brain cancer on Dec. 27.

Kennedy Branham, 14, whose fighting spirit prompted a campaign known as Pray4Kennedy, was diagnosed with the illness on her 13th birthday in February of 2012.

The Lexington High School baseball team dedicated two seasons to Kennedy, including this past year when the Wildcats won the state championship in a promise to “Finish It For Kennedy.”

More than 3,000 people came together last month to honor Kennedy and the inspiration she had been for others with a tribute celebration at River Bluff High School.

Branham spent the last few weeks at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital with family and friends around.

Bottle Mess Cleaned Up Near Swansea

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and code enforcement officers on Dec. 17 removed about 1,500 glass bottles and plastic bottles that had been dumped in woods in the 100 block of Pooles Valley Road near Swansea.​

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Horseneck/Swansea resident Deputy Robert Snuffer coordinated the clean-up effort in response to citizens’ concerns about the large number of glass bottles and plastic bottles that had been dumped in the woods.

Law enforcement officials were assisted by some local residents as they spend about 90 minutes removing bottles from the woods, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

“Two citizens contacted Robert about the large number of bottles that had been dumped in the woods off Pooles Valley Road, and Robert quickly assembled a team of deputies to address the situation,” Metts said. “Robert and his fellow deputies demonstrated their strong commitment to fulfilling our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”​

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