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Bethune clinic to stay open with better hours

KershawHealth's Healthcare Place at Bethune will remain open, according to Wayne Tidwell of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees who spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday afternoon. Tidwell appeared with interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn as part of a quarterly report to council.

April 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


The bigger they are…

I have been watching with great interest this week the news reports on the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. As many of you know, I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County in late December and when I first went to work there in early 2011, Parker was the sheriff. So, I knew Parker well through my work.

April 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - April 9, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is continuing its investigation of Saturday's early morning armed robbery at the Markette in Lugoff. New information from the KCSO's incident report of the robbery now indicates that the robber forced the female employee opening the store to open a safe.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, LF-R visit Beau Tie Club

A group of Doby's Mill Elementary School (DMES) students learned about how things work at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) at a special event Friday. DMES Assistant Principal Michael Manning sponsors "The Beau Tie Club," a group of boys recommended by teachers to be mentored by men of the community. They earn bow ties as rewards for good behavior and good decision making, Manning said.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Judge weighing bond in Black River Road killing

A circuit court judge is in the process of deciding what bond to set, if any, for a Sumter County man accused of killing a Camden man during a March 22 incident on Black River Road. Robert Wendell Simon, 22, of Dalzell is accused of shooting Antwan Dixon, 25, of Black River Road. Simon turned himself in to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) on April 1 where he was served with an arrest warrant for murder.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Community mourns death of Dr. Peter McKoy

Camden is mourning the passing Wednesday of Dr. Peter McKoy, long-time veterinarian and community leader. Born in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 9, 1943, McKoy graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter, Clemson University and the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

April 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KCC meets Tuesday

Kershaw County voters will be given the choice of whether or not to be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays if Kershaw County Council passes third reading of an ordinance that would place the question on the ballot in November's general election. Businesses in Camden and Elgin are already permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays. The ordinance is on the agenda for council's Tuesday meeting.

April 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Hartis, county settle lawsuit

Former Kershaw County Magistrate Gene Hartis, a candidate for Kershaw County Council Chair, has settled a lawsuit against the county for considerably less than asked for. Hartis originally asked for $4 million plus legal fees in his original suit aimed at Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. A court document obtained by the Chronicle-Independent through the S.C. Freedom of Information Act says Hartis accepted a settlement of just $20,000 on Jan. 16.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Bring on the spring

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … fishing! With apologies to poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, at this point in my life I think I'd rather feel a tug on my fishing line than on my heart strings. Cynical? No doubt, but at least I'm honest.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County department heads talk budget with council

Kershaw County Council continued the process of preparing its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 with a special workshop Tuesday. Several county department heads spoke to council, outlining their financial needs and wants. County Administrator Vic Carpenter opened the meeting saying he and his staff had already seen the department head's proposals.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Four departments fight sawmill fire

Four Kershaw County fire departments battled a blaze at a Cassatt lumber company Tuesday night. Kershaw County Fire Marshall Gene Faulkenberry said the call came in around 8:30 p.m. on the fire at Canfor Southern Pine -- commonly known by its former name as New South -- on Sanders Creek Road.

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


Spring Break plans

Spring break is coming up. Do you have any special plans?

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Cup ‘went well’ from security standpoint

The Camden Police Department (CPD) made several arrests and issued citations, but Chief Joe Floyd said the incidents comprised a relatively low number of the size of the crowd at Saturday's Carolina Cup.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - April 2, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reported several minor cases over the past week. They investigated 15 thefts, made six arrests for driving under the influence, answered four burglary calls, made four arrests for public disorderly conduct, investigated three assaults, arrested three motorists for driving under suspension, made two arrests for possession of marijuana, received reports of two vandalisms, two incidents of harassment and two cases of malicious injury to property and one report each of stalking and criminal domestic violence.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Twenty-six file for county offices

Twenty-six political hopefuls have filed to run for public office in Kershaw County. The filing period ended Sunday.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

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


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

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


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

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


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

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


Bethune council continues discussion on school referendum

Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.

September 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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