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County council to ‘reconsider’ budget

After voting unanimously last week to pass the third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the Kershaw County Council has the budget on the agenda again for their meeting this Tuesday. The agenda is dominated by second readings of nine ordinances that would modify Zoning and Land Use Regulations, but the subject of the budget is the first agenda item listed.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


School district officials talk Phase 2 referendum with chamber board

Kershaw County School District leaders spoke at last Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to explain the need for the Facilities Equalization Plan Phase 2 Referendum that will be voted on in the November general election and, if passed, would provide up to $133 million to build new schools and renovate and repair others. Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said he took his Kershaw County job in 2007 and on his first visit he looked at several of the school facilities. He said he was impressed with how the district used the funds from Phase 1 to ...

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Camden Council to recognize band conductor Pat Wylie

Camden City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is no work session meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. City Manager Mel Pearson was out of town at a conference as this story was being written, but Mayor Tony Scully said the work sessions are sometimes cancelled if there is not enough business to justify a meeting.The 6:30 meeting includes a special recognition for Pat Wylie, former Camden Middle School Band director and conductor for the Camden Community Concert Band for 34 years.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Runoff elections set for Tuesday

Voters will be headed back to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections to choose which candidates will represent their respective political parties in the general election in November. Runoffs became necessary in races with more than two candidates. If no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two candidates.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Find a new furry friend

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Nas, a 2-year-old male King Corso and Sparkes, a 3-year-old female cat. 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 or to check for a missing pet, call ...

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Kershaw county council approves annual budget

Kershaw County property owners will see a higher amount on their next tax bill, as the county council gave final approval to the annual budget that goes into effect July 1. Council met Tuesday in a meeting postponed from the previous week due to the primary election.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Beating the heat

How do you deal with summer heat?

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Horses accused of vandalizing swimming pool

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to Shadow Mist Lane in Elgin on Saturday after a resident said horses had damaged her swimming pool. The KCSO report said the woman first called authorities around 1:40 a.m. and said her neighbor's horses were in her yard. She called again around 10:30 a.m. and said she and her daughter had gone outside to use the pool and found it was collapsed and the water had run out onto the ground. She said she believed the horsed did the damage, at a cost of $300. The ...

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Fire Department Explorers excel at state competition

Explorer Post 911 is a group of 14 to 18-year olds with an interest in firefighting. Six members of the group went to the annual Explorer competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Thursday, June 12. Advisor Abram Johnson of the Camden Fire Department (CFD) said the team made him proud as individuals and as a team.

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Thomley sues Matthews for $2 million

David Thomley lost his bid to be Kershaw County Sheriff in Tuesday's Republican primary and two days later filed a $2 million lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley is a former captain with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and the suit alleges Matthews made disparaging comments about Thomley's investigation of a reported case of "fighting and bullying" involving several students at Camden Military Academy (CMA).

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune residents urged to fight school referendum

Bethune residents upset about the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recent vote to consolidate three elementary schools, including Bethune Elementary School (BES), into one larger school discussed the matter at the Bethune Town Council meeting Thursday. The consolidation plan involves BES, Mt. Pisgah and Baron DeKalb Elementary Schools, which would be combined into a single, new school to be built near North Central High School and North Central Middle School.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council set to finalize budget

A public hearing and a third and final vote on the Kershaw County budget for fiscal year 2015 is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the county council. The meeting normally would have been June 10, but was postponed a week by the primary election.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


He had a heart of gold

Happy Father's Day! A few weeks ago I wrote the story of my mother here, just in time for Mother's Day. Now, let me share a few words about my father.

June 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary election

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, election officials reported that voter turnout for primary voting had already surpassed the 2012 primary. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said there was a light turnout overall, but that some precincts had reported more than expected voters.

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

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


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune ‘blighted property’ owners may face fines

Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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