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‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council honors local author

Kershaw County author Madge Strickland spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday regarding her published book, "A Sandhills Revelation," that tells the history of the Blaney-Elgin area in western Kershaw County.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Retired general promotes Eighth Air Force Museum

The Kershaw County Golden Club welcomed a special guest to its meeting Sept. 4.

September 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Sept. 10, 2014

Two of three suspects questioned about a series of vehicle break-ins during the last week in downtown Camden admitted to Camden Police Department (CPD) officers that they were involved in the thefts.

September 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council considering demolition ordinance

The Kershaw County Council will consider first reading Tuesday of a proposed ordinance that would allow the county to close and demolish dwellings that are deemed unfit for human habitation.

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Truesdale is an IHEA Hunter Educator of the Year

A Kershaw County man has been recognized as one of two Hunter Educators of the Year by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), a nationwide organization that promotes hunter education and safety. Jack Truesdale's recognition was announced in the Summer 2014 issue of the IHEA-Journal. Truesdale is assistant fire chief for the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Department and teaches hunter education for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


Firearms committee continues studying gun issues

The Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee met Thursday to continue searching for a compromise solution to the issue of county residents shooting guns in unincorporated areas of the county.

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The good ol’ tried and true

I really like entertainment, in most of its forms. I enjoy a variety of music. The style depends on the setting and circumstances and what else is going on at the time. I like television shows and I like movies. Most movies I watch any more are on TV, either on a network or satellite channel or on a DVD. The hassles and aggravations of going out to a movie theater are just usually not worth it for me.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Guilty plea nets drug dealer 10-year sentence

A circuit court judge sentenced a Camden man to 10 years in prison Aug. 27 after the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute (PWID) cocaine, third offense and possession of cocaine, third offense.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man and woman arrested on weapons charges

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Columbia man and Camden woman Aug. 30 on several weapons charges.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Sept. 3, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) offices arrested three adults and a juvenile on Aug. 21 following a reported theft at a Rutledge Street business.

September 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bond denied again for man accused of shooting into occupied home

A Camden man will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center after being denied bond for a July 14 incident in which he is alleged to have fired several shots into an ex-girlfriend's home and forced his way inside. Harley Joe Moore, 33, faces a list of charges for that event and another that occurred a month earlier on June 13.

September 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Law enforcement, experts: illegal drugs linked to many other crimes

There are those who claim illegal drug activity is a "victimless crime" that hurts no one other than perhaps the drug user. Law enforcement and medical authorities disagree. Drug addiction and the drug trade are often linked to other crimes that do affect victims.

September 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC to Palmetto Utilities: fix Crab Apple Lane

On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Humane Society breaks ground for new shelter

The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 25, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Cassatt man and a Camden woman in separate drug cases recently.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fort Jackson’s commanding general speaks to Rotary

The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Thieves make off with ATM from Lugoff credit union

Someone managed to steal an entire automatic teller machine (ATM) from a credit union branch in Lugoff despite a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy's rapid response to an alarm.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lawmakers meet the public at annual breakfast

Four members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation gathered with interested local government officials and residents Friday during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Palmetto Utilities request reappears on KCC agenda

Less than a year ago, in April 2014, Palmetto Utilities Inc., a Richland County-based company with a wastewater treatment facility along Spears Creek in Kershaw County, asked Kershaw County Council to officially support its application for a permit to discharge wastewater into the creek. Currently, Palmetto utilizes a sandpit treatment method.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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