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Local doc dual certified for orthopedics, sports medicine

People with injuries or other issues with bones or connective tissues like ligaments and tendons often think they have to go to a big city for treatment, but Camden has a doctor who is board certified in both orthopedics and sports medicine: Dr. Andrew Piasecki, M.D., at Carolina Bone and Joint, 1112 Mill St.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Crime Report - Jan. 22, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Charlotte man Monday after he allegedly tried to carjack a vehicle a KershawHealth parking lot. A CPD incident report identified the arrested man as Shaquan Eric White, 21, of Charlotte. It said he arrived at the hospital by ambulance following a one-vehicle crash in Elgin.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man sentenced for shooting at deputies

A circuit court judge sentenced a Camden man to 24 years in prison Thursday after a jury found the defendant guilty of firing shots at Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies in December 2012. Not only is Ernest Maurice Allen, 26, looking at a long incarceration, but his mother, Sabrina Allen, 48, is charged with attempting to influence the key witness in her son's trial.

January 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Video aimed at attracting new industries to Central South Carolina MegaSite

The Kershaw County Economic Development Office recently produced and released a promotional video touting the advantages of basing a business at one of the county's major industrial sites. The 4-minute 28-second video showing the potential of the Central South Carolina MegaSite, is on YouTube and has been sent via e-mail to industries the economic development office hopes to impress.

January 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


With age comes wisdom

I can remember that as a child and teenager I thought I had the world by the tail and I knew it all. Yes, I can remember back that far. I thought my parents were the most ignorant, incompetent people in the world. The things they said and did just did not make good sense to me. I dare say a good many of us felt that way during that phase of our lives. Did you? Be honest with yourself now.

January 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Businesses ask for KCC support of CCTC expansion

Several Kershaw County business leaders expressed their desire for Kershaw County Council to support a proposed expansion of Central Carolina Technical College's (CCTC) campus near the U.S. 521/I-20 exchange.

January 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Arledge running for KCC Seat 5

Camden insurance agent Dennis G. Arledge plans to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak, who currently holds Seat No. 5, recently announced he will not seek reelection after serving two four-year terms. Arledge has owned and operated his Allstate agency for 18 years.

January 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


FAC presents ‘Don’t Walk … Dance!’

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County hosted the Sumter Civic Dance Company for a performance called "Don't Walk … Dance" on Wednesday.

January 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Localife


The best movie goes to...

The movie awards season is here. Do you have a favorite movie from 2013?

January 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


County crime stats down for 2013

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) has released its crime statistics for 2013 and the good news is most types of incidents were fewer than in 2012. Sheriff Jim Matthews said his deputies' productive year was the result of getting criminals off -- and keeping them off -- the street.

January 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rain causes traffic woes, flooding concerns

With steady rainfall and occasional heavy downpours Friday and Saturday, officials in Kershaw County reported traffic problems and concerns about flooding along area rivers and Lake Wateree. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported 3.55 inches of rain measured Friday and Saturday at a weather station 4.2 miles northeast of Camden.

January 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Jan. 15, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an incident where a woman left a West DeKalb Street department store with a cart full of merchandise she didn't pay for.

January 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCC focusing on CCTC at Tuesday meeting

Kershaw County Council will focus on Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) as part of its first meeting of 2014 Tuesday evening.

January 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune needs to refurbish, repaint water tower

Proposals to refurbish and repaint Bethune's water tower dominated Bethune Town Council's first meeting of the new year Thursday. The evening also marked the first meeting for new Mayor Charles McCoy and new councilmen Don Witham and John Fulmer. The meetings also marked the first to be held at the Bethune Recreation Center rather than Bethune Town Hall.

January 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Delegation talks economics at annual ALPHA Center event

Local government leaders and state legislators took the opportunity to meet with constituents Wednesday at The ALPHA Center's 10th annual legislative briefing. ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper welcomed the crowd and said the informal event was designed for people to have face-to-face discussions with their representatives in Columbia.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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California fugitive arrested in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators and Oceanside (Calif.) Police Department (OPD) investigators arrested a Camden woman who apparently moved to Camden on the run from the law in California.

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


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘Like ducks to water’

A group of Kershaw County children have learned to swim this week, thanks to a partnership between the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) and First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden. Patty Rose is the director of urban missions for FBC and said she became aware of the need for the swim lessons when kids in her program attended a pool party.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council revising procurement code

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would modify the county's procurement code that regulates purchases. Before the vote, County Attorney Ken DuBose explained a proposed amendment to the ordinance.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sports Figures

Who is your favorite all-time sports figure?

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Camp Emmanuel kids learn about fruits and vegetables

More than 25 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, learned about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating as part of Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly Produce Manager Jane Hunter explained a wide variety of fresh produce and provided samples for the children with the help of Jessica March, another Piggly Wiggly produce department worker who cut the fruits and vegetables into bite-size pieces.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


Crime Report - July 23, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer answered a call to KershawHealth on Saturday in response to a patient with a bullet wound.

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


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