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Do it for the children, and for yourselves

I listened intently to a presentation given to the Kershaw County Council by representatives of the Kershaw County School District at the council meeting this week. It's my job to listen. But I was also quite impressed with what Kershaw County Board of Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson had to say. It's the budget season for most government bodies, including the county council and the school district and Jones and Wilson explained the financial challenges of running the district and what they hope to see improved over the next ...

May 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


They can dig it

City of Camden and Kershaw County public works employees got the opportunity to show off their backhoe skills, testing the steadiness of their nerves at the annual Backhoe Rodeo at City Hall Park on May 9.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 14, 2014

A customer at a Wall Street, Camden, reported being robbed at gunpoint in the men's bathroom.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Going to the Beach

What is your favorite beach to visit and why?

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Kershaw man arrested on sex charges

A Lancaster County man is behind bars in Kershaw County, charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Grant Adam Helms Jr., 24, of Old Camden Road in the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement released to the press that Helms turned himself in on April 8 and admitted his actions.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three public hearings on Kershaw County Council agenda

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings during its meeting Tuesday, covering subjects previously voted on and approved by council.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


A happy Mother’s Day

Millions of mothers across the Unites States and the world were recognized Sunday for their contributions to their families and to society as a whole. But one Lugoff mother and grandmother had three extra reasons to celebrate this Mother's Day weekend. Mary Schneck had three grandchildren graduate from three separate universities, one Friday and two Saturday.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Water rates going up in Bethune

Bethune residents who receive water service from the town will soon see a rate increase. Bethune Town Council announced the rate increase at its May meeting on Thursday. Councilman Don Witham reported the town's water rates are lower than other water providers in the area and the added money is needed for necessary repairs to the town's water tank and delivery system.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune students plant butterfly garden

Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


An ounce of prevention

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and S.C. Fire Marshal's Office (SCFMO) would rather prevent fires and the tragedies they bring than fight them. With that mission, the two agencies recently joined forces April 24 in Camden's Kirkwood community to provide and install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and share fire prevention information with residents. The project was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Mother's Day Plans

What are your Mother's Day plans?

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Honoring mothers in Camden

The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 7, 2014

A Kershaw man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his truck in the early morning hours Sunday.

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


DHEC's answers about Palmetto Utilities request

When Stan Jones, president of Palmetto Utilities, recently sought Kershaw County Council's support for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Spears Creek, council members left with a number of unanswered questions. That was because the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) did not send a representative to a council workshop to answer some of those questions.

May 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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CPD arrests Elgin man after he attacks woman

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested an Elgin man Nov. 13 on multiple charges after he allegedly forced his way into a Camden home and attacked a 29-year-old Lugoff woman.

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


CPD celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized three city crossing guards for their dedication and service during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, which ended Friday. The CPD, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center honored William Lucas and John T. Arledge for their service at Camden Elementary School (CES) and Carson Gordon for keeping students safe at Camden Middle School (CMS).

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


Fire chiefs promote extra safety during cold months

With the first touch of winter weather upon Kershaw County, local firefighting officials are cautioning everyone to use a few safety tips to keep their homes and businesses safe when using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.

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


Crime Report - Nov. 26, 2014

A Camden businessman is accusing an employee of stealing more than $4,500 from the business.

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


Chamber of Commerce president resigns

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council has questions on Nov. 4 election

Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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