It didn't take long for investigators working a series of robberies across the Midlands to figure out Monica Chase was lying to them.
Tucked away in a corner of Camden's Trinity Apartments complex is a 2,500-square-foot building where a lot of learning goes on.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested one man as another escaped following a home invasion in east Camden early Monday morning. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies responded to a call on Denton Street shortly after midnight Monday.
A Tiger Woods hat. A partial fingerprint. Some DNA. And a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer's recollection of a case from as far back as 12 years ago. Those elements -- and deputies, officers and investigators from five Midlands law enforcement agencies -- came together Friday to stop a one-man crime spree.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews got the news just a few hours before participating in a press conference about a serial robber Monday. A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office victims advocate, Barbara Jones, is suing him for defamation of character, seeking $2 million in actual and punitive damages.
Narcotics agents with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men at a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, location July 25 after receiving an anonymous tip they were cooking methamphetamine in a metal shed.
To help elevate the quality of its reporting and even patient safety, KershawHealth received the go-ahead July 25 from its board of trustees to purchase nearly $500,000 of software. The unanimous vote allows hospital administrators to work with three vendors -- Midas, Medisolv and Iatrics -- to transition existing paper reporting to automated systems.
For some 50 minutes Friday, someone -- apparently sympathetic to ousted Kershaw County Republican Party co-chair Jeff Mattox -- made it very difficult for anyone else to get through to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).
Perhaps the best commentary I've read on the debt crisis came from Lou Zickar on CNN.com. Zickar wrote the commentary as the editor of The Ripon Forum, "a centrist Republican journal of political thought and opinion published by The Ripon Society."
The likelihood of a motorcycle shop moving a block or so down Broad Street is less of a possibility now than it was just a few days ago.
Jeff Mattox is no longer the co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party.
The Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA) along with other area RTAs rejected a contract with a new Medicaid broker Monday. That was the word from Camden City Councilman Willard Polk who now represents the city on the S-WRTA's board.
A knife-wielding robber already suspected in a number of Camden-area cases struck again Sunday night, this time at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 521 South near the I-20 interchange. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said it now appears the suspect may be tied to crimes outside Camden as well.
Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party, is resisting calls for him to resign. Mattox, who is a representative of the Kershaw County Patriots -- a Tea Party-like group -- confirmed Tuesday that his fellow co-chair, Chris Oviatt, asked him to step down.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit (TEU) officers were busy on I-20 as they began their second week of operation.
About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.
As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?
In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.
A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.
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