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Branham sworn in as Kershaw County probate judge

Kershaw County officially has its new probate judge with the swearing in Tuesday of Debbie Branham, who won the position in the November 2014 general election. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick "Rick" Todd administered the oath of office at the Kershaw County Courthouse as Branham's husband, Donald, held the Bible and her son, daughter and son-in-law stood nearby.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lack of hydrants delays LF-R efforts at house fire

A lack of fire hydrants delayed Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews getting more water to battle a two-story house fire on Lander Lane in Lugoff's Hunter Crossing subdivision shortly after midnight Wednesday. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said it is not uncommon for hydrants in rural subdivisions to be placed more than 1,000 feet apart, making it tough for firefighters to do their jobs.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: A lose-lose situation

Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Jan. 7, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) reported a relatively quiet week, with several reports of minor incidents.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


David West takes office as county coroner

There's a new leader in the Kershaw County Coroner's Office, with Tuesday evening's swearing in ceremony for Coroner David West. West is no newcomer to the office, as he served as deputy coroner for several years under coroners Tommy Horton and recently retired Johnny Fellers. West ran unopposed for the job in 2014 after Fellers announced his intention to retire.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visits Jackson Teen Center

United States Sen. Tim Scott paid a special visit to the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) in Camden on Dec. 30, to see firsthand the difference the facility is making for the youth of the community. Operated in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, JTC offers after-school activity and tutoring programs for youths who might otherwise be out on their own and more prone to mischief and trouble.

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Victim forced from car during theft in Lugoff

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating a carjacking incident that reportedly occurred Thursday evening. A KCSO report said a juvenile told deputies her mother stopped to use an automated teller machine (ATM) along U.S. 1 in Lugoff and while she was out of the car a light-skiined African American male got into the car and forced the girl out of the car before driving away eastbound on U.S. 1 toward Camden. The driver of the car using the ATM said she heard her daughter yelling, saw the car drive away and called 911 on her cell ...

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | News


Phillips: My new adventure

I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.

January 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Dec. 31, 2014

An employee of a downtown Camden restaurant called police Tuesday, Dec. 23 after receiving a phone call she suspected was an attempted scam. A Camden Police Department (CPD) report said a man called the business and said he was the general manager for a local electric cooperative and the restaurant had a past due bill of $1,400 that had to be paid immediately or the electric service would be cut off. The woman told officers the man told her to go to a local drug store and purchase a "green dot money pack" to use to make payment and ...

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Truck thief arrested

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested 33-year-old William Rawlinson Taylor, from Hopkins, Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and enclosed trailer and led deputies on a high-speed chase.

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


2014: A look back - Part 1 of 3

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the past 12 months with many of the major news stories of the year. In today's issue we focus on January through April, Wednesday's edition will have highlights from May through August and we'll finish up this retrospective this Friday with stories from September through December.

December 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: It’s been a mighty good year

As a new year comes along, it's a time when most of us naturally reflect back on the previous 12 months and think about our accomplishments, our failures and other things that fall somewhere in between. For me, the end of the year has a very special meaning, since my first day on the staff of the Chronicle-Independent was Dec. 30, 2013. Happy anniversary to me. Yes, indeed, it is.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Long-time car salesman retiring from Lugoff Ford

After 51 years working in Lugoff, Richard Leadingham is retiring. He is well known in the community, as he has been a car salesman for 21 years at the Toyota Store and Lugoff Ford since retiring from DuPont after a 30-year career there. He said the biggest change he's seen in the auto business has been the use of technology.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCSO makes two drug arrests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two suspects in similar cases this week.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 24, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Camden man Thursday for trafficking cocaine after stopping the man for speeding.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Local law enforcement meeting with public June 4

The Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County will host a public meeting with the county's leading law enforcement officials at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4 in the Camden High School auditorium.

May 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Deputies nab fugitive in creek

The physical fitness and tenacity of two Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies is being credited in the arrest Saturday of a Camden man wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons (SCDPPP).

May 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Cedars Memorial Day program honors late CHS cadet

An annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Cedars Cemetery in Camden on Friday honored the memory of a Camden High School (CHS) cadet who died earlier this year.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


County zoning ordinances face final approval Tuesday

Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday, with public hearings on, and third and final readings of, four ordinances which affect county planning and zoning on the agenda. The matters in question all passed their first two readings unanimously.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Volunteers sought to speak to students on career choices

With economic development and workforce readiness being hot topics these days, SC Works is asking area business people to share their wisdom and skills with students in Kershaw County and the surrounding area so they will better understand what is needed in today's business world.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


FAC seeks input on theater projects

What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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