Wounded Marine receives a hero’s welcome home - LCpl. Kyle Carpenter was welcomed home in Lexington County. The Lance Corporal was welcomed by American flag waving citizens who just wanted to show their support and appreciation for the Marine’s service and sacrifice. Kyle was seriously wounded last November in Afghanistan, and is on convalescent leave until March 17 when he returns to Bethesda Naval Hospital for surgery on his right ear drum. Kyle received a direct blast from a hand grenade while in combat. He has received multiple surgeries since then. His father, Jim said he never dreamed that his son would come home so “repaired” especially after seeing him for the first time last Thanksgiving with catastrophic wounds over his body. “But the prayers of countless believers and the superb medical care given to the military wounded has made the difference.” Having their son at home will give parents Jim and Robin and the entire family a chance to return to some normalcy. On or both of the parents have been at his bedside since his return to the states. Jordan Gleaton, Kyle’s girlfriend who left her classes at USC to be at his bedside continues in the military tradition of “standing by her man”. His brothers twins Price and Peyton, students at Lexington High are reported to be ready for his return. One of the first places Kyle wants to go is to visit his parents’ Sunday School class at Lexington Baptist Church, The “V” Class.
Texting and driving ban gets green light – Drivers distracted by texting may be in big trouble. Sen. Jake Knotts of West Columbia says lawmakers may pass a texting-while-driving ban this session. Rep. Kenny Bingham of Cayce, the House Majority Leader, said if the Senate passes it, the House should pass it too. We’ve already passed a ban twice but the Senate didn’t do anything with it, he said, “If they pass it this year, I see no reason we won’t do it, too. The Senate bill would: Require a $100 fine plus two points on your license for first and subsequent convictions of violating the ban. First time offenders could have both fine and points suspended if they pay $35 and attend the state’s traffic safety classes. Knotts said the $100 fine may not seem like much, but two points on a violator’s license will cost hundreds of dollars in additional auto insurance premiums.
OktoberFest Planned Oct. 8 in Lexington – It’s official. The next Lexington OktoberFest will be Saturday, Oct. 8 at Lexington Town Hall on Maiden Lane. Town Park, Streets & Sanitation Dept. Director Dan Walker confirmed that the town will make Town Hall and Virginia Hylton Park behind it available for the annual town festival. The Lexington Young Professionals have agreed to take over management of the festival which began in 1988 as the Lexington FunFest and whose name and theme were changed last year to reflect the town’s German heritage.
Dr. Jones joins Lexington Medical Center board – The Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Dr. Tripp Jones as its newest member. Dr. Jones is an oncologist who has worked at Lexington Medical since 1980. He served as the hospital’s Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1988. He was also chairman of the LMC Cancer Committee for 29 years. Dr. Jones grew up in Horry County. He went to Clemson for college and MUSC for medical school. Dr. Jones completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and fellowship in hematology and oncology. “I’m looking forward to continuing the quality of care at Lexington Medical Center and caring for the patients of Lexington County and the surrounding areas,” he said.”
**All information compliments of the Lexington County Chronicle.**
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