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Eason to be new Recreation Department director

Joe Eason, director of the Florence County Parks and Recreation Department, will become the new director of the Kershaw County Recreation Department. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter made the announcement earlier this month at Kershaw County Council's June 11 meeting.

June 26, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


New fence part of courthouse security upgrades

A new fence under construction is part of security upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse. According to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter, the upgrades are being made due to pressure from South Carolina Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and a review of the state's courthouses. He said upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse are a result of recommendations by a panel that includes those who use courthouses, such as judges. Carpenter said findings showed that the courthouse is deficient in terms of safety, with security methods dating back to the 1960s.

June 24, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


KCC to discuss KCSD millage request

Kershaw County Council will discuss the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) recent millage request during its meeting Tuesday. According to its agenda, council will discuss the request after third and final reading of the county's proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget. KCSD is requesting an additional 3.5 mills from the county.

June 24, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


County buys properties to extend airport safety zone

Kershaw County recently purchased several homes and the lots they sit on as part of an effort to expand the Kershaw County Airport's safety zone at Woodward Field.

June 21, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Salkehatchie summer program helps residents rebuild homes

By FRASER SPEAKS

June 21, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Localife


Don’t shoot the messenger

I've always heard the phrase "don't shoot the messenger" throughout my life. I somewhat understood what it meant -- don't take your anger out on someone who is simply relaying unwanted information. It wasn't until I started my career as a reporter that I developed a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this quote. Being a journalist means that not only do I get to be the bearer of good news involving our community, but sometimes it also involves me being the bearer of bad news. In an ideal and perfect world the only news available to ...

June 19, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


KCC hears feedback on budget appropriations

Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting kicked off with a public hearing in which Billy Smith, the Santee Wateree Transit Authority Board Representative for the area, took the opportunity to remind council of how important funding is to keep transportation in parts of the county intact. Smith that said "$18,000-plus" may be cut for the 2013-14 fiscal year and that if there is no money, there may be no routes.

June 14, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Home on Lyttleton street ‘welcomes’ new residence

By FRASER SPEAKS

June 14, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Localife


Addressing the marriage question

I think it's safe to say that I've definitely reached the age where people often feel the need to ask the "marriage question." And by that, I mean frequent inquiries about to whom and when I'm getting married, why I'm not attached at the moment, etc., etc., etc. Which is fine. I don't mind answering that I'm not seeing anyone serious at the moment or that I'm not ready to settle down. I understand that it's just a common question that people are curious to know the answer to.

June 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Economic development office updates Committee of 100

What's happening on the county's economic development front was the focus of a presentation by County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean at the Kershaw County Committee of 100's annual meeting May 31. More than 60 committee members attended the event at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

June 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Business


KCC to hold public hearing

A light agenda for Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting will feature a public hearing on budget appropriations for the county's 2014 fiscal year. Council held the second reading of the budget at its May 31 meeting, but did not have third and final reading set for Tuesday evening.

June 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


KCFM to begin accepting SNAP Saturday

Marketing Director Roshanda Pratt likes to describe the Kershaw County Farmers Market (KCFM) has having "a little something for everybody." That idea will grow even more beginning Saturday as the market begins accepting SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) in an effort to expand its boundaries for providing the community healthy and locally-grown options to eat.

June 07, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


CBA discusses proposed ‘road diet’ at meeting

Camden Business Alliance (CBA) members learned more about a proposed Broad Street "road diet" and took the chance to ask questions and voice concerns during the organization's quarterly Breakfast Before Hours meeting Wednesday. The road diet would reduce Broad Street from two lanes in each direction (four total) to one (two total) between York and DeKalb streets, with redesigned intersections, mid-block crosswalks and other enhancements.

June 07, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Camden


Fans camp out for new Chick-Fil-A in Camden

Twenty-four hours before the doors even opened at 6 a.m. Thursday, more than 225 people began camping out on the grounds of the new Chick-Fil-A. They did so in the hopes of being chosen as one of 100 special Chick-Fil-A fans. It's an event that has become a Chick-Fil-A tradition across the country. Beginning Wednesday at 6 a.m. anyone 18 and over had the opportunity to vie for 100 spots that would earn them a free meal each week for a year.

June 07, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Business


Camden native does it all: actor, writer and director

By FRASER SPEAKS

June 07, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Localife


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