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VFW honors deputy, wife for saving soldier

Camden Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5928 honored a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy and his wife, a nurse at KershawHealth, for saving a North Carolina's soldier's life in October.

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


Sidewalk Survey: Military cut back

The federal government has announced plans to cut back the U.S. military to the lowest levels since World War II in a move to save money. Is that a good idea?

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


KCSO arrests two after alleged INVISTA thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Elgin men Wednesday after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of aluminum pipes from the INVISTA plant in Lugoff.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Project Chem’ revealed as WeylChem expansion

For the last several months, there has been talk about "Project Chem" at Kershaw County Council meetings. With publication of council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday, that project has been revealed to involve WeylChem US Inc.'s plant in Elgin.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Gardner hopes to retain KCC District 6 seat

Kershaw County District 6 Councilman Tom Gardner is announcing his bid for a second term.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Do they really mean it?

Gentlemen, start your engines! It's NASCAR season again, with the Daytona 500 coming up Sunday. There's always a high amount of excitement in the air this time of year, as everyone starts the season with the same record and number of points -- zeros all across the board.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune sells former bank building

Bethune Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell a former bank building it owns to a Chesterfield woman. Council held its meeting Tuesday after postponing the meeting from its original date of Feb. 13, due to poor weather and road conditions.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Historic Camden honors African-American Revolutionary hero

Camden historians say African-Americans contributed to the history of America even before there was an America. In connection with Black History Month, Historic Camden is offering a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday showcasing the role African-Americans, one in particular, played in the Revolution. All ages are welcome, but Historic Camden Administrative Assistant Carol Sheridan said the program is primarily aimed at children ages 6 through 12.

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The Winter Olympics

Do you have a favorite Winter Olympics event?

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - Feb. 19, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is cautioning owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Kershaw County to secure and keep a close eye on them after what appears to be an increase in ATV thefts, particularly in Lugoff.

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


World War II veteran recalls service

Camden resident Marion David, 89, was in the U.S. Army from March, 1943 until January, 1946 and served with the 12th Traffic Regulating Group in Europe during WWII.

February 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Kershaw County transformed by snow and ice

For the second time in two weeks, an arctic blast sent potentially dangerous precipitation into Kershaw County and much of the eastern United States. But county officials report they were prepared for the snow and ice.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LFD welcomes battalion chief

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) has added a senior officer to their ranks, and he is very familiar with the area. Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer is a Camden native and was hired to the new position by LFD Chief Dennis Ray last summer to oversee all the fire and rescue operations of the department.

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


Move the Olympics to Camden

By the time this comes out in the Chronicle-Independent, our most recent episode of wintry weather should be behind us. I sure hope so and good riddance. As southerners, we're just not well-equipped or prepared for snow and ice. We don't get a lot of it, thank God. That's one of the many benefits of living here.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


World War II vet Johnnie Jones retires again at 88

World War II veteran, textile worker, service station owner, grocery store employee and newspaper delivery man Johnnie J. Jones is finally retiring -- at the age of 88.

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


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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


KCC passes tower amendment on first reading

Kershaw County Council took the first step towards amending a county ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously passed first reading of the amendment, which was discussed at council's Aug. 12 meeting.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery

A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested for making meth at motel

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Medal of Honor winners honored with I-20 bridge naming

Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Battle of Camden remembered on 234th anniversary

The clash between British and American armies on Aug. 16, 1780, was one of the largest and bloodiest field battles of the American Revolution. The battle, which pitted forces led by Major Gen. Horatio Gates against those of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, started badly and ended worse--with an estimated loss of Patriot lives between 500 and 800, many of whom lie in shallow unmarked graves at the Battle site nine miles North of Camden, South Carolina.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


KC Sheriff’s Foundation seeks nominees for annual award

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2014 nominations for the "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award." The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


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