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The 'foul ball lady,' the whiz kid and the Democratic elite

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In The Sumter Item, reporter Caitlan Walzer reports that the "P-15's 'Foul Ball' Shirley still calling 'em as she sees 'em."

P-15's baseball games are underway, and that means with every foul ball hit, the well-known chant of "Foul Ball Lady" rings through the stadium.

Shirley Osborne, 65, of Sumter has been attending the P-15's games since the early '70s.

A loyal fan at each game, Osborne can be found sitting in the stands, second row, directly behind home plate.

"It seemed like to me I get a better view, and I can see the foul balls better," Osborne said.

Since 1989, Osborne has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and is passionate about the organization because her family members who have served in the military.

"My husband was in the U.S. Army for a very short time, and my brother was in the (U.S. Air Force) Thunderbird team," Osborne said. "We are all just very passionate about the veterans; I mean, where would our country be without them?"

As a salute to the country's veterans, Osborne finds herself being the official "Foul Ball Lady" and said that she wouldn't change that for anything.

"Years ago," Osborne began, "there were four of us kids, and my dad would tell us to go out and get the foul balls. That's what started me on the foul ball kick."

"Foul Ball Lady" said that she has always enjoyed baseball. In fact, she said, "I watch baseball on my TV and 'foul ball' it there too."

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In The Sumter Item, Bruce Mills profiles an "Industrial Whiz Kid."

Zack Barwick is a model that the Sumter community and greater region would like to build on. He's 20, working full time locally, making more than $30,000 a year with benefits plus a 401K and didn't even have to leave Sumter to get his degree.

Barwick is a recent graduate of Central Carolina Technical College's Mechatronics program with an associate degree. He works as a multi-craft (electrical and mechanical) technician in the manufacturing field at Kaydon Corp. in Live Oak Industrial Park. He started full time at the plant last week.

Barwick grew up working various jobs but always enjoyed mechanical work, especially with cars. When a car was broken at home, he said he always liked to diagnose what the problems were.

He attended Lakewood High School, and about five years ago in the 10th grade he saw a flier for a new Mechatronics program of study at Sumter Career Center that involved mechanical and civil engineering.

He said it was everything that he wanted to look into for a career, and he then found out the career center had an opening for its first class. So, for his junior and senior years of high school, Barwick spent half a day at Lakewood and the other half at the school district's career center.

In the program, he was able to fix machinery with his hands and also conduct the logical part of diagnosing and troubleshooting machinery for problems. That part he said he's always enjoyed.

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In The Sumter Item, reporter Jim Hilley reports that "Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System to combine."

At a news conference in Columbia on Thursday, Palmetto Health CEO Charles "Chuck" Beaman Jr. announced Palmetto Health and the Greenville Health System have agreed to come together to create a new, nonprofit health company. Palmetto Health includes Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter.

According to a prepared statement announcing the new company, nearly half of all South Carolina residents will be within 15 minutes of the new health company's physician practices, hospitals and other health care facilities.

Beaman said the efficiencies and improvements from the new company are intended to translate into better financial performance and put the company in a stronger position to incur additional capital.

"We will have capacity to increase the amount of money that can be redirected back to improving the health and meeting the needs of citizens," he said.

During a five-year period, that could mean access to as much as $1 billion, he said.

The two systems are combining from a position of strength, Greenville Health System Chief Executive Officer Michael C. Riordan said.

"We have a long history of successful collaboration, as well as a strong cultural fit and mutual commitment to make South Carolina healthier," he said. "Together we will continue to ensure our community members, including those in rural areas, have access to high-quality, locally based care."

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Camille Paglia in an interview with the Weekly Standard, June 15:

There seems to be a huge conceptual gap between Trump and his most implacable critics on the left. Many highly educated, upper-middle-class Democrats regard themselves as exemplars of "compassion" (which they have elevated into a supreme political principle) and yet they routinely assail Trump voters as ignorant, callous hate-mongers. These elite Democrats occupy an amorphous meta-realm of subjective emotion, theoretical abstractions, and refined language. But Trump is by trade a builder who deals in the tangible, obdurate, objective world of physical materials, geometry, and construction projects, where communication often reverts to the brusque, coarse, high-impact level of pre-modern working-class life, whose daily locus was the barnyard. It's no accident that bourgeois Victorians of the industrial era tried to purge "barnyard language" out of English.

Last week, that conceptual gap was on prominent display, as the media, consumed with their preposterous Russian fantasies, were fixated on former FBI director James Comey's maudlin testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Comey is an effete charlatan who should have been fired within 48 hours of either Hillary or Trump taking office.) Meanwhile, Trump was going about his business. The following morning, he made remarks at the Department of Transportation about "regulatory relief," excerpts of which I happened to hear on my car radio that afternoon. His words about iron, aluminum, and steel seemed to cut like a knife through the airwaves.

Notable & Quotable is compiled by Graham Osteen. Contact him at graham@theitem.com.