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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


Crime Report - Feb. 12, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer caught a Lugoff man after he allegedly kicked in doors in the city's Southern Oaks subdivision Saturday.

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


Valentine's Day

Do you have big plans for Valentine's Day?

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


USC-Lancaster dean to address KCC

Dr. Walt Collins, dean of the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, will make a presentation to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday night. Collins has appeared before other county councils in the region to explain the benefits of having the university accessible to residents of Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Chester and York counties.

February 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Read Across America needs volunteers for Feb. 28 event

Read a book, make a difference in a child's life. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Partners in Education will conduct an annual Read Across America event Friday, Feb. 28. The two organizations are seeking volunteers to go to Kershaw County's 11 elementary schools that morning to read Dr. Seuss books to students.

February 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Law enforcement concerned about DUI deaths

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) are concerned about the growing number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state and in Kershaw County. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews recently reported that the number of arrests by his deputies for driving under the influence (DUI) were up in 2013 and, with those, DUI fatalities.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Leave it to Bieber? Please don’t

In our youthful years we all had heroes of one kind or another. I sure did. Some are athletes. In my day that included Bart Starr, Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. Some are musicians. In my day they were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, KISS and earlier, yes, I'll admit it -- The Partridge Family.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Wise will not seek reelection as county council chair

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise announced his decision Wednesday not to seek reelection as council chairman. Wise cited personal reasons for his decision and said a major factor is his plan to also retire from his position as director of the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff. He has been with Target more than 45 years.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Snow day or no snow day

Was the Kershaw County School District correct to cancel school last Tuesday when the wintery precipitation didn't come until that night?

February 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Newberry man charged with DUI, speeding 107 mph

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 25-year-old Newberry man Friday for allegedly driving under the influence and speeding 107 mph on I-20.

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


Crime Report - Feb. 5, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 32-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened a woman at Joe Jenix Road, Cassatt home.

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


Love retires after 45 years at First Palmetto

A mainstay in the Camden banking industry is retiring after more than 45 years with the same company. Darlene Love of First Palmetto Bank was hired Aug. 12, 1968 as a teller and worked her way up the company ladder to the position of Vice President/Corporate Secretary.

February 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Authorities report few problems connected to snowfall

Kershaw County had a bout of wintery weather, including sleet and snow this week, but emergency authorities are reporting relatively few problems. The precipitation started Tuesday night in Camden with light sleet and freezing rain that later turned to snow. The National Weather Service reported 1.5 inches fell in Kershaw County.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Firearms Discharge Committee discusses issues

The newly-formed Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Committee met Monday and took the first steps toward crafting a compromise ordinance that could satisfy gun enthusiasts as well as property owners with concerns about firearms being used in their neighborhoods.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


I-20 bridge to be named for Medal of Honor winners

Three Kershaw County residents who received the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism in battle will be honored again this week.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Aug. 20, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a call of shots fired near a Camden apartment complex on Aug. 14.

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


LF-R, others remember Chief Steve McIntyre

Kershaw County residents, especially those in the fire service, are mourning the loss of retired Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Steve McIntyre, 60, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. Current LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said McIntyre had encountered continuing medical issues over the past few years.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune police chief gets pay raise

Newly-hired Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb received some good news at Bethune Town Council's meeting Thursday. After a brief executive session discussion near the end of the meeting, council unanimously voted to give Cobb a $500 a year pay raise and provide him with a cell phone paid for by the town. The raise brings the part-time chief's annual pay to $16,000.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Palmetto Utilities withdraws permit application

A Richland County wastewater treatment utility company has withdrawn a permit application to discharge treated sewage into a Kershaw County creek.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Strike up the band

Since I have lived in this area for about eight months now, I have made a discovery about Camden. There's quite a bit of music talent here, especially for a town this size. I have to also say that my opinion comes from just the musicians I know and have heard perform personally. I'm sure there are countless others I don't know about -- yet.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Prestage D.C. court appearance postponed

A Camden businessman accused of taking a loaded gun into a congressional office building in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office said the hearing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 10 before Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan.

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


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