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Sidewalk Survey: Springtime Fun

Now that it is warming up, what's your favorite outdoor activity?

April 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Bethune clerk receives pay raise

Bethune Town Council approved a 5 percent pay raise for Town Clerk Gayle Rogerson during its meeting Thursday. The unanimous vote came following an executive session at the end of the meeting. Mayor Charles McCoy said Rogerson has a lot of responsibility at town hall.

April 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


James Best shares his life and career at FAC

By GARY PHILLIPS

April 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Localife


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


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Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

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


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

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


Piggly Wiggly in Camden to stay open, says manager

Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Write-in candidate challenges Jones for KCC District 4

The race for the Kershaw County Council seat for District 4 looked like incumbent Councilman Jimmy Jones would win by default, as no one filed to run against him. That changed this week when Bill Haynes of Lugoff announced he has launched a campaign as a write-in candidate for the council seat in the Nov. 4 election.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


‘Derelict dwelling’ ordinance rejected by county council

A new ordinance that would have given Kershaw County the authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings failed to pass third and final reading Tuesday by Kershaw County Council on a 3-4 vote. First and second readings of the ordinance, patterned after state law, passed unanimously in previous meetings.

October 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Oct. 15, 2014

A Lugoff man was arrested Monday in connection to a home invasion robbery earlier this month and a September burglary. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Tanner Reece Brittain, 21, is facing charges following the home invasion Oct. 7 in which he allegedly kicked in the door of a residence and robbed the home owner at gunpoint. Brittain is also being charged with a burglary that occurred Sept. 19 in which he allegedly stole several firearms. After Brittain's arrest Monday he reportedly escaped through the window of a moving patrol car, was apprehended and has been charged ...

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


Lugoff Fire-Rescue and Kershaw County Fire Service join forces with Special Operations Team

Kershaw County residents are now provided better emergency response with the recent formation of the Special Operations Team, a cooperative effort between the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Department and the Kershaw County Fire Service. The team specializes in accidents involving hazardous materials, unusual rescues and other unique situations. LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer said the 20 team members were handpicked from the best firefighters around the county and had to receive extra training for the situations they may encounter.

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


Nora E. Drew

Funeral service for Nora Ernestine Lollis Drew, 69, will be held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial and graveside to follow in Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Thompson will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethune Baptist Church or Malvern Hill Baptist Church.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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