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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


#1 Dad

What are your plans for Father's Day?

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - June 11, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies are investigating a reported shooting incident at a River Road, Heath Springs address just inside the Kershaw County.

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff, KCC chair, treasurer candidates speak at forum

Seven Republican primary candidates answered questions and presented their views during a June 3 forum at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum sponsored the event. The candidates are competing in Tuesday's primary for county sheriff , council chairman and treasurer.

June 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing girl

A circuit court judge sentenced a Lexington County man to 20 years in prison Tuesday after the man pleaded guilty in Kershaw County to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests man after I-20 chase and crash with children in car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Columbia man Wednesday following a high speed chase on I-20 that resulted in an accident.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Rights and responsibilities

This election year is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one in Kershaw County, including, and in some cases especially, next week in the primary. Several races will be determined on Tuesday, as all the candidates for those particular offices represent the same political party. Whoever wins Tuesday will have no competition in the November general election, so they'll already know what they'll be doing the next few years. Well, let's hope they'll know what they're doing.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune man charged with attempted murder

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bethune man on Friday, charging him with attempted murder after allegedly attacking another man with a knife.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Taxes increasing for LFD property owners

Property owners in the Lugoff Fire District (LFD) will see an increase in their taxes after Kershaw County Council unanimously approved the district's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at a special meeting Tuesday. The fiscal year begins July 1.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Heading to the polls

Do you plan to vote in the primary election next Tuesday?

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - June 4, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported several cases of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Industrial Spotlight - June 2, 2014

Almost any machine with moving parts requires two things to keep it performing smoothly and trouble free for a long time: lubrication and an efficient way to filter that lubricant so it remains in peak condition to do its job. Hengst Automotive, 29 Hengst Blvd. in Steeplechase Business Park in Camden, manufactures filters and filtration systems for oil, air and fuel for auto and machine manufacturers and also used as after-market additions to large industrial machinery and vehicles.

June 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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A cry for justice

Well, folks, after more than three months of speculation, of debates, of arguing, bickering and online name calling, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Mo., finally came to a conclusion earlier this week. The 12-person panel was presented with and studied all the evidence in the case of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August and concluded there were no indications that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson committed any crime when he shot and killed Brown.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Law enforcement warns of scammers around the holidays

Law enforcement officials are cautioning the public to always be wary of swindlers and those who try to get money from good people using a wide variety of unethical and illegal tactics. These con games know no season, but Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said criminals increase their efforts around the holidays. Using the old adage, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," Floyd said everyone should be aware of possible scams and gave advice on what to do if they are contacted by anyone they don't know asking for money.

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


Audit finds good financial health for Kershaw County

Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


CPD arrests Elgin man after he attacks woman

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested an Elgin man Nov. 13 on multiple charges after he allegedly forced his way into a Camden home and attacked a 29-year-old Lugoff woman.

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized three city crossing guards for their dedication and service during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, which ended Friday. The CPD, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center honored William Lucas and John T. Arledge for their service at Camden Elementary School (CES) and Carson Gordon for keeping students safe at Camden Middle School (CMS).

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire chiefs promote extra safety during cold months

With the first touch of winter weather upon Kershaw County, local firefighting officials are cautioning everyone to use a few safety tips to keep their homes and businesses safe when using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Nov. 26, 2014

A Camden businessman is accusing an employee of stealing more than $4,500 from the business.

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber of Commerce president resigns

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council has questions on Nov. 4 election

Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘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


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