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Burglars arrested after being ‘caught in the act’

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested three county men Saturday after they were caught burglarizing a home on White Street in Camden.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The roots run deep

My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - July 22, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin man Friday and charged him with third-degree burglary and several car break-ins after learning his identity from a cellphone he apparently dropped during his alleged crime spree.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah VFD gets $27,000 grant for gear

The Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department recently received a $27,096 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The department will use the funds to purchase new turnout gear for the firefighters.

July 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council honors former treasurer Steve Vincent

Kershaw County Council held a relatively short meeting Tuesday which included the unanimous passage of a resolution honoring the years of service and valuable innovations by recently retired county Treasurer Steve Vincent.

July 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Elgin man killed when motorcycle strikes deer

An Elgin man was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle struck a deer on U.S. 1 near Bookman Road just outside of Elgin.

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


Phillips: What’s your soundtrack?

Sometimes the inspiration for my weekly column comes from the strangest of places. Often, there's a hot news story, usually controversial, I feel like espousing my opinion about. That's not so strange. Other times, I think back to something which has happened in my life, hopefully funny, to share with you. That also is not particularly strange. But this week the idea came to me as I sat at home playing my guitar and trying to figure out some new songs I had never played before. None of them were really "new," but they were new to me.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - July 15, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a report of at least two shots fired at a Cassatt business sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, while the store was closed.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R battles woods fire with help from other departments

Crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and other Kershaw County fire departments battled a 30-acre woods fire Saturday caused by a passing freight train behind the Pepperidge Subdivision in Lugoff off U.S. 1.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council to recognize Steve Vincent

Kershaw County Council will consider a resolution Tuesday honoring outgoing County Treasurer Steve Vincent.

July 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


State rep says Bethune should reject four-way stop

Should the town of Bethune have a traffic light or a four-way stop at the junction of U.S. 1 and S.C. 341 in the heart of town? The town recently requested a traffic light to control vehicle flow through the area, but the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) offered a four-way stop as a compromise, after conducting a traffic study.

July 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


New animal adoption center almost ready

As construction continues on the new home of the Humane Society of Kershaw County, generous benefactors also continue to donate funds being matched dollar-for-dollar by Columbia software designer Austin Meyer. The Humane Society hopes to soon relocate from the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter to its remodeled facility on Black River Road near I-20 southeast of Camden. The building was formerly a Coca-Cola bottling plant and will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center, after Meyer and local animal advocate, the late Judy Thiel.

July 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Just running around in circles

Years back, in the late 1990s during my first stint living in South Carolina, I was a NASCAR fan. Not as passionate about it as some people, for sure, but I was interested and watched every race on TV and even went to a couple of major races in Charlotte and one in Darlington. It was a lot of fun.

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - July 8, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Liberty Hill men on various charges Sunday, including resisting arrest and assaulting police officers.

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Deputy fired after DUI charge

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews relieved a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputy of duty following the officer's arrest by the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) on July 4 for driving under the influence (DUI).

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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West Wateree Playground set to break ground in August

The West Wateree Community Playground project has surpassed its fundraising goal and will break ground in late August. Playground Steering Committee Chair Laurey Carpenter made ...

July 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Duke asks lake residents to conserve during drought

With drought conditions continuing to plague the South Carolina Upstate and Midlands, Duke Energy is asking residents along the Catawba-Wateree river and lakes systems to ...

July 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Four arrested in prostitution sting

Four men -- two from Lugoff, one from McBee and one from Sumter -- were arrested Friday in a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) prostitution sting ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The best medicine

The world, and life in general, is filled with sadness, despair, hopelessness, hatred, evil, negativity and sorrow of all kinds. Sorry to be such a ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lexington County fugitive arrested in Camden

With the help of local authorities, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (LCSD) arrested a man in Camden over the weekend who eluded them for ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO bloodhound team locates missing 84-year-old man

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) bloodhound team located a missing elderly Cassatt man near his home Sunday. According to a KCSO press release ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council meets Tuesday

Kershaw County Council will receive a final update on the Community Playground Project between Lugoff and Elgin during its meeting Tuesday evening. The playground is ...

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


VisionKershaw 2030

With Kershaw County growing at a steady pace, the county government is looking to the future and asking for citizen input on priorities and concerns ...

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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