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Female breadwinners to cause downfall of society?

I'm not typically one to really keep up with the happenings on FOX News or really any other news type channel for that matter. I don't really watch TV all that often so I tend to get my news from a variety of websites. However, sometime Friday as I scanned my Facebook newsfeed I began to see a trend. There appeared to be some sort of hullaballoo regarding comments said on FOX News. The thing that caught my attention were the variety of people who were posting about what happened. It wasn't just those that refer to ...

June 05, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


SCSEA to honor two Kershaw County members

The S.C. State Employees Association (SCSEA) will honor two Kershaw County residents June 8.

June 03, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Miscellaneous


KCC amends budget to send SRO funds to CPD

Kershaw County Council amended its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget in order to transfer funding for Camden-based school resource officers (SROs) from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) to the Camden Police Department (CPD). Council took up the amendment as part of second reading of the proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday.

May 31, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


County unemployment rate improves

Kershaw County's unemployment rate continues to improve, dropping from 6.6 percent in March to 6.2 in April. A year ago, the county's unemployment rate sat at 7.7 percent. Employment rose from 27,333 in March to 27,458 in April. In April 2012, the number of employed persons in Kershaw County was 27,163.

May 31, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Business


Smiling faces. Beautiful places.

A friend of mine came through town the other week to stay with me for a night as a sort of rest stop on his current road trip. Naturally, he wanted to see all the many sites and attractions that the area has to offer. As we drove through downtown Camden and I pointed out all the historical houses and then crossed over the bridge separating Camden from Lugoff, he said to me "everyone waves here." I was a little confused by this statement. So I asked him what exactly he meant by that. I mean, I understood the words ...

May 29, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Brantley to be named Citizen of the Year by Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of Kershaw County will honor Aberdeen Catery's Jack Brantley as its first Citizen of the Year Thursday at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

May 29, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Camden


SROs at Camden schools may return to CPD

After nearly a decade of being positions within the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), three school resource officer (SRO) slots at schools inside Camden's city limits may return to being Camden Police Department (CPD) officers.

May 24, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


Chamber hands President’s Award to Thiel Shull

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce presented its President's Award to Laura Thiel Shull. Saying that Thiel Shull "gives freely of her time to various organizations, and always with a smile," Chamber Board President Chip Galloway presented Thiel with the award during the chamber's 103rd Annual Meeting, Awards Gala and Reception. The gala took place Thursday at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch assisted Galloway with the presentation.

May 22, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Business


A short vocabulary lesson

This past weekend, I had the rare, but always enjoyable, visit from my grandparents. I don't know about you, but anytime I have the opportunity to spend time with them I learn something new; sometimes about myself, sometimes about life, but always it's something.

May 22, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Celebrating National Nursing Home Week

By FRASER SPEAKS

May 20, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Localife


Invista Camden helps out SC jobs

According to a study completed in 2012 by Harrah Analytics, INVISTA's Camden site supports more than 3,000 jobs and more than $145 million in compensation and benefits. The independent economic research firm found each INVISTA job generated, on average, about six other jobs in the state. Nationally, INVISTA's nearly 4,500 full and part-time employees in the United States indirectly resulted in an estimated 22,000 additional jobs and more than $1.3 billion in compensation and benefits.

May 20, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Camden


LFD gives KCC good news

Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Chief Dennis Ray had some good news for Kershaw County Council Tuesday: there would be no tax increase of the Lugoff Fire District. Ray said that after completing its Fiscal Year 2014 budget, a tax increase was not necessary.

May 17, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


From lost in the Bahamas to blue ribbon winner: meet Barney

By FRASER SPEAKS

May 15, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Localife


Gatsby? What Gatsby?

If there's anything I've learned in life thus far it is that the book is always better than the movie. I'm sure there are some exceptions to this but I have yet to encounter them. Regardless of how the movie version of a beloved novel or series turns out, I've always still had respect for directors who attempt to bring the book to life on the silver screen as long as they still manage or at least attempt to capture the feeling the book left its readers when viewers of the movie leave the theatre. I ...

May 15, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Bethune residents upset at lack of police protection

Thursday evening's Bethune Town Council meeting became a platform for concerned citizens to express their discontent with the council's decision to dissolve the Bethune Police Department (BPD).

May 13, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Kershaw County


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