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Two arrested in heroin, pot, synthetic narcotics bust

Two people were jailed April 16 and charged with several narcotics violations and a weapons charge following an investigation by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Police Department welcomes public input

A number of residents from Camden and the surrounding area got to know the Camden Police Department (CPD) a little better Thursday night. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said he wanted a forum held inside Camden City Hall to learn the public's concerns and what suggestions residents have for better policing.

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden’s Jack Brantley honored by S.C. Department of Commerce

Camden businessman and civic leader Jack Brantley is Kershaw County's new Ambassador for Economic Development for 2014, recently named by the S.C. Department of Commerce. Brantley owns Aberdeen Catery in Camden and is among 46 "ambassador" honorees, one from each county in the state.

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Butterflies are free

As I have written here at least once before, only to be proven wrong, Spring is finally here. I really hope I am right this time, but I guess we're never completely immune in April to a cold front coming through that would bring a rainy day or two and then the drop in temperature that always follows. But, let's keep the optimism up and say, with faith, that Spring really is here to stay.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC provides property for new Lugoff playground

Thanks to a unanimous vote by Kershaw County Council, a modern, state-of-the-art play area will soon become a reality in the West Wateree area. A group of concerned parents presented a proposal to council at its meeting Tuesday. Laurie Carpenter, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter's wife, spoke on behalf of the West Wateree Community Playground Project.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sewer utility seeks county council approval for permit

An Elgin-based wastewater treatment utility is hoping Kershaw County Council will sign off on a permit request filed with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to allow the discharge of treated sewage into nearby Spears Creek. The matter was the only item on the agenda of a special workshop meeting held after Tuesday's regular council meeting.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Zeke and the Easter Ducks want to meet you

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Two white domestic Peking ducks are available for adoption. The animal shelter staff calls them "Easter ducks" and Zeke, a 5-year-old neutered male Hound mix. 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 ...

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Crime Report - April 23, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Columbia residents suspected of shoplifting from a West DeKalb Street discount store April 14 following a high-speed chase that ended in Richland County.

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Where would you go?

If you could travel to any foreign country, which one would it be and why?

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Meth lab bust could be biggest cleanup ever

In terms of the amount of toxic waste to clean up, Sunday's discovery of a methamphetamine lab near Cassatt could result in the biggest cleanup ever in the state of South Carolina.

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


City council cancels this Tuesday’s meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Camden City Council set for tomorrow evening has been cancelled. Council will still have the scheduled work session meeting at 4 p.m.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KC Council meets tomorrow

The Kershaw County Council meets in a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow night. First on the agenda are two public presentations, one by Motorola regarding E-911 texting services. The other is a presentation by Laurey Carpenter on the West Wateree Community Playground project.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


CFD and SC Fire Marshall provide free smoke alarms

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and the South Carolina Fire Marshal's Office will present a joint community outreach program beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Kirkwood community behind North Towne Square Shopping Center in Camden.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


National dog competition draws from across the country

Owners and fans of the Boykin spaniel gathered in the South Carolina midlands last week for the 2014 National Field Trial. The event was a "homecoming" of sorts for the Boykin spaniel breed that originated in the early 1900s in Boykin. The Boykin spaniel became the official state dog of South Carolina in 1985.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


I don’t ride anything that can make its own decisions

Camden is, without a doubt, a horse town. Kershaw County is a horse county and the love for horses extends throughout this great area of South Carolina. However, it stops at my door.

April 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC passes tower amendment on first reading

Kershaw County Council took the first step towards amending a county ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously passed first reading of the amendment, which was discussed at council's Aug. 12 meeting.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery

A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested for making meth at motel

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Medal of Honor winners honored with I-20 bridge naming

Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


KCC to consider new cell tower amendment

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of an ordinance amending the county's regulations on communications towers during its meeting Tuesday.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Battle of Camden remembered on 234th anniversary

The clash between British and American armies on Aug. 16, 1780, was one of the largest and bloodiest field battles of the American Revolution. The battle, which pitted forces led by Major Gen. Horatio Gates against those of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, started badly and ended worse--with an estimated loss of Patriot lives between 500 and 800, many of whom lie in shallow unmarked graves at the Battle site nine miles North of Camden, South Carolina.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


KC Sheriff’s Foundation seeks nominees for annual award

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2014 nominations for the "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award." The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


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