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KCC rejects KH EMS funding request

Kershaw County Council voted, 4-3, to reject a request Tuesday to take over an average $846,000 annual emergency medical services (EMS) deficit from KershawHealth. During a presentation to council at Tuesday's meeting, KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks and Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch said the healthcare organization has experienced a five-year loss of $4.22 million from EMS operations alone.

April 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Why I can’t have nice things

Recently I have learned to really understand the phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" which I heard all through my childhood but never really understood the significance of. After spilling juice on tablecloths staining them for eternity or somehow managing to ruin the playground set in our backyard, I would always hear my mom -- in a very exasperated tone, I should add -- exclaim: "See! This is why we can't have nice things!" And being my young and carefree self I would think to myself "it's not my fault the playground set couldn't handle ...

April 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Legislative forum calls for improved infrastructure

Improving South Carolina's infrastructure was the main topic at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Legislative Forum held April 4 at the Fine Art Center (FAC) of Kershaw County.

April 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Politics


City Council to consider funding for business

City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The agenda for the meeting includes a presentation from the Carolina Motorsports Park regarding their submission of a list of funding proposals for staff to consider. The proposal includes the 2014 Rotax Grand National Kart Race for consideration in the fiscal year 2013-14 budget. The request is for $24,000 to cover track rental and corner worker fees. This kart racing series proposed would occur in August for five days with an estimated 300 competitors. The proposal also includes economic impacts that the race would bring. Council will also ...

April 08, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


KershawHealth to approach KCC for funding

At Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday, April 9, Council will be approached by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees regarding the funding of the EMS Financial Operations. Concluding council's meeting on March 26, Councilman Jimmy Jones shared his thoughts on KershawHealth's request for funding from the county. Jones questions the management of KershawHealth and why taxpayer's funds should go towards funding which was previously covered by the hospital's own budget. KershawHealth's funding request will be for County Council to provide funding for the healthcare organization's EMS deficit and ongoing capital expenses beginning in July.

April 08, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Deadline for United Way funding April 30

The United Way of Kershaw County held a partner agency meeting on March 28 for interested nonprofit agencies wishing to be considered for funding decisions from United Way for 2014/15. Nonprofits must provide direct services to Kershaw County in the category of social services.

April 08, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Kershaw County unemployment rate down

According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the state has received some good news regarding unemployment. Kershaw County is one of the counties responsible for this good news as the county has also seen a decrease in the unemployment rate.

April 05, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Business


Slow down you crazy child

A few weeks ago I shared with the community my frustration with the stoplights around town. Since then I have received lots of feedback from locals who share my sentiments as well. However, there is one particular email that has really stuck with me for the past couple of weeks. In this particular email, the sender agreed with my frustrations and feelings regarding being trapped within my vehicle while waiting for a change of color but he also shared something else: "maybe it's just divine intervention for us all to slow down and reflect on how wonderful life is."

April 03, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Tradition & Romance

There's one thing that's been a staple at the Carolina Cup as long as the horses have been. It's not the extravagant hats or the pastel colors. It's the Redfearns.

April 01, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Camden


Jones expresses frustration with KershawHealth

Despite declining to appear at a KershawHealth's Board of Trustees meeting Monday, based on his attorney's advice, Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time at Tuesday's county council meeting to comment about the hospital board and administration.

March 29, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Narrowing down the movie list

Recently, I've come to notice that I have difficulty in choosing just one "favorite thing." For example, when asked what my favorite TV show is I could list off about five or six shows that I watch religiously. The same goes for musical artists, books, animals, etc. Basically, I have a hard time choosing just one thing to "love the most." I've come to terms with the fact that I will never be able narrow down a category to just one singular item as being my favorite. But, I have decided that in order to be a productive ...

March 27, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Solicitor to present check to KCC

Kershaw County Council will observe a check presentation and expenditure request from State Solicitor, Dan Johnson at Tuesday's meeting. The check presented will be requested to go towards Kershaw County's Youth Arbitration Program as was discussed at the program's anniversary luncheon on March 15.

March 25, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


KC recognized as SC Work Ready Community

The S.C. State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) recently recognized Kershaw County as a South Carolina Work Ready Community in Progress. Kershaw County is one of 34 counties whose applications to become Work Ready communities have been accepted by the state steering committee. Kershaw County earned the designation by demonstrating a commitment in meeting its two-year criteria, which includes improving high school graduation rates, obtaining WorkKeys assessments National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs), and having an alignment of community stakeholders in achieving county goals.

March 22, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Bond denied again for 2011 rape suspect

A circuit court judge denied bond Friday for a Columbia man accused of the October 2011 carjacking of a woman in Columbia and raping her in Kershaw County. Franklin Graham, 26, who faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, has been held without bond in the Kershaw County Detention Center since his arrest 16 months ago. A judge initially denied Graham bond shortly after his arrest in 2011. Since being detained, he has been additionally charged with being a prisoner carrying or concealing a weapon, according to online court records.

March 20, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Crime-Police-Fire


Does drinking coffee make you a grownup?

Recently, I've had to go through some big adjustments due to the fact that I now have a "grown up job." I was kind of under the impression that once I landed one of those I would start to feel, you know, like an actual adult. And I mean I guess I do in the sense that I have deadlines and more responsibilities and a paycheck but other than that… no, not really. It's been a hard adjustment, to be honest. Having to wake up while it's still dark outside, going to bed while it's ...

March 20, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


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