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Bethune branch of Sandhills Bank robbed Tuesday

A man robbed the Sandhills Bank in Bethune Tuesday morning. Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation processed the scene Tuesday and sorted out evidence.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 24, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of approximately $5,000 worth of horse equipment from a barn on Dry Branch Road, Lugoff.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Two arrested after Elgin shooting incident

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Elgin residents Saturday after deputies responded to a 911 call of shots fired near Walking Horse Lane in Elgin.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune hosts vigil for Charleston victims

In the wake of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where nine people were gunned down during a Bible study, groups throughout the state have pulled together in a unified effort of faith, respect and honor for the victim's and their families.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCC to consider budgets for Lugoff Fire-Rescue and KCSD

Kershaw County Council will consider the annual budgets for Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) during its meeting Tuesday.

June 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Local leaders reflect on Charleston church shooting

As Charleston, South Carolina and the nation mourn the killings of nine people Wednesday at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, a predominantly African-American church, Kershaw County leaders are reflecting on and trying to make sense of the tragedy, while remembering the victims.

June 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Suspected burglar caught shortly after theft, chase

Camden police arrested an Eastover man early Saturday morning on charges of burglary of a business and failure to stop for police after he fled from a crime scene trying to escape the officer and wrecking the vehicle.

June 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested for heroin, ecstacy trafficking

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two New Jersey men passing through the county on I-20 Monday after finding them in possession of a large amount of heroin and MDMA, commonly known as ecstacy.

June 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Woman charged with embezzling $117,000

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Lugoff woman Thursday after she turned herself in following accusations she embezzled nearly $117,000 from her employer.

June 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Former business colleagues reflect on life of Charles Gay Sr.

Camden is looking back fondly on the life of a pioneering businessman who passed away Friday, June 12. Charles Clark Gay Sr., 94, was a native of Garfield, Ga., but he made Camden his home and his love for trucking led him to found Builders Transport, which he relocated to Camden from Savannah, Ga.. The firm grew to be the second largest trucking company in the United States.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden police arrest suspected armed robber

A suspected armed robber is in the Kershaw County Detention Center after his arrest Sunday, only hours after he allegedly held up a cab driver in east Camden. A Camden Police Department (CPD) report said Tyrone Cook Jr., 18, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, was arrested around 4 p.m. at a fast-food restaurant on East DeKalb Street.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Yesteryear - 29 years ago

29 years ago

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Yesteryear


Phillips: The stuff some people pay for

Although the "official" first day of summer is still a few days away, around here we don't need the calendar to announce the arrival of the season.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


School gyms open for basketball this summer

With Kershaw County schools on summer break, children in the area, and their parents, are always looking for fun and productive activities during the idle time. The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) offers a variety of summer activities and, for the second year, has teamed with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to open school gyms for basketball play in the summer months.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


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Crime Report - July 1, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released details on the June 23 robbery at Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin officer arrested for criminal domestic violence

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin police officer Monday on a charge of second-degree criminal domestic violence.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Former deputy to serve 20 years for sexual assault

A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy will spend 20 years in prison for a series of sexual acts with a child less than 11 years old.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


KCC approves KCSD budget

Smiles and handshakes filled the Kershaw County Council chamber Tuesday night after council approved the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) budget by a 5-2 vote. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the KCSD requested a budget increase of $397,000, to be used for pay increases for teachers and other staff.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two teens charged with multiple auto break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two young men Wednesday on charges of five counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of burglary and one count of petit larceny.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in Sandhills Bank robbery

Two men are in jail today, charged in Tuesday's armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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