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Bethune needs to refurbish, repaint water tower

Proposals to refurbish and repaint Bethune's water tower dominated Bethune Town Council's first meeting of the new year Thursday. The evening also marked the first meeting for new Mayor Charles McCoy and new councilmen Don Witham and John Fulmer. The meetings also marked the first to be held at the Bethune Recreation Center rather than Bethune Town Hall.

January 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Delegation talks economics at annual ALPHA Center event

Local government leaders and state legislators took the opportunity to meet with constituents Wednesday at The ALPHA Center's 10th annual legislative briefing. ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper welcomed the crowd and said the informal event was designed for people to have face-to-face discussions with their representatives in Columbia.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Shelter pets need a home

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a female cat and Miss Piggy, a 4-year-old female Bull Terrier mix. She is friendly, leash trained and loves "TLC." The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Doing a lot with a little

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released its crime statistics for 2013 and most categories of offenses were noticeably down from 2012. Kudos to the KCSO for having such a productive year. I won't go very deep into that here, as a story on the subject is planned for an upcoming issue of the Chronicle-Independent.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Cold weather prep

What do you do to prepare for the bitter cold temperatures like we have had the past couple of days?

January 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Pierce decides to leave probate judgeship behind

The woman who has served as Kershaw County's probate judge for 36 years announced this week she will not seek reelection. Probate Judge Harriett Pierce said it's time to let someone else take the reins.

January 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Keeping warm leads to power outage

As Kershaw County got caught in the grip of some of the coldest temperatures in decades, local authorities have reported few weather-related problems.

January 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Jan. 8, 2014

Two men, one from Camden, the other living near the town of Kershaw, are in jail on charges in separate sex-related cases.

January 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


New Bethune mayor, councilmen sworn in

The newest members of Bethune's municipal government are now in place, with a swearing-in ceremony held Thursday at Bethune Town Hall.

January 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Local officials criticize SCBCB report

Are government agencies funded by tax dollars in Kershaw County in the red? Citizens might have thought so based on a November 2013 report issued by the S.C. Office of Budget and Control Board (SCBCB). However, area officials say the report is not as simple as it appears and doesn't paint an accurate financial picture.

January 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


New year, new leaf

As the memories of Christmas fade behind us and we enter a new year, it is time once again to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Smoak not running for reelection in 2014

Kershaw County Council District 5 will have a new representative no matter who wins this November's election. That's because Councilman Stephen Smoak, 39, who has also served as council's vice chairman, is not running for reelection.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Gag order issued in Miller capital murder case

An order of suppression, commonly called a "gag order" was issued in the capital murder case of Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 25, of Jefferson. The Chronicle-Independent recently learned of the order, which was actually filed several months ago.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Power outage hits part of Lugoff

More than 1,570 Lugoff area homes and businesses were temporarily without power and traffic was stopped Monday afternoon after a piece of heavy equipment reportedly hit a power pole and caused transmission lines to fall across U.S. 601 at Exchange Drive, just north of I-20.

January 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


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