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Prestage supporting future animal adoption center

Dr. Ron Prestage of Prestage Farms addressed Kershaw County Council on behalf of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter and Kershaw County Humane Society during council's meeting Tuesday. Prestage said he and his wife relocated from California to Camden 31 years ago because of the equine industry.

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Woman arrested in alleged knife attack

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin woman Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed another woman and cut a man in Lugoff. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested Brandie Renee Hughes, 29, of Sessions Road, after she reportedly attacked the man and woman at a Lugoff motel on U.S. 1 at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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


Crime Report - March 12, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are investigating a fraud/confidence game/breach of trust case that reportedly scammed a Camden woman out of more than $29,000. A CPD report said the victim told police she received a phone message from a man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service who said she risked being arrested if she did not contact him immediately.

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


Lifting the ban

The Kershaw County Council is discussing lifting the ban on alcohol sales on Sunday. What's your opinion?

March 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Clowning around at the library

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is scheduled to roll into South Carolina at the end of March, but several local children got to see a small preview of the fun Wednesday at the Kershaw County Library. "Gigi" the clown appeared at the library and read the children a book about the circus, showed them how to juggle and spin a plate on a stick, and performed a magic trick.

March 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


County council to consider Sunday alcohol sales

The first reading of an ordinance that would be the first step toward allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Kershaw County is on Kershaw County Council agenda for Tuesday evening.

March 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


SCLEN, American Legion honor KCSO deputies

The S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) recently honored Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt as its Officer of the Year in the 5th Judicial Circuit. SCLEN is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work in individual South Carolina judicial districts with the mission to reduce DUI fatalities and collisions resulting in great bodily injury. In this case, the award is presented by the SCLEN 5th Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. The award, presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony, is sponsored by Lexington Richland Association for Drug Abuse Control (LRADAC) in Richland County and the ...

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


Read Across America declared a success, no more, no less

The 17th annual Read Across America event took place Feb. 28 with volunteers converging on all Kershaw County elementary schools to read the works of Dr. Seuss to students in honor of his birthday. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, was born March 2, 1904, but since that date fell on Sunday this year, the event was moved to Feb. 28, a Friday. A creation of the National Education Association, the event is held nationwide.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Kelly warrant reveals details

An arrest warrant for murder served on Briana Rabon's accused killer states that video surveillance shows the 18-year-old entering Stephen Ross Kelly's car on the night of Feb. 25, just before her death.

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


Not just business as usual

We often hear politicians and government officials say that running a government, at any level, is the same as running a business. There obviously is some truth in that. Governments have expenses for personnel, equipment and supplies. They receive funds from their clients (taxpayers) to pay for the services the citizens hopefully receive. Government officials have to budget that money and decide how and where to allocate it to be used.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Man accused in Rabon killing waives bond

Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and strangling 18-year-old Briana Nicole Rabon to death will apparently remain in jail until his trial. Monday, Kelly waived his right to a bond hearing. Also, attorney Bob Mobley Cook of Kershaw, confirmed he is representing Kelly in the case.

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


Sidewalk Survey: Spring has sprung

With spring just around the corner, beginning on March 21, what do you most look forward to in that season?

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - March 5, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Lugoff man, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 25.

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


Industrial spotlight: Accuride shines in the wheel business

A Camden manufacturing plant is making high-end aluminum wheels for large trucks and trailers. Accuride Director of Operations Peter Wong said the company supplies the wheels directly to truck makers and other buyers.

March 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council honors Coach Ted Monroe

When the coach of any sport amasses a 204-9 win-loss record, it gets attention. Kershaw County Council agreed and honored Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) wrestling coach Ted Monroe by passing a resolution recognizing his accomplishments in front of a packed room that included Monroe and members of his family, along with coworkers, current and former wrestlers and their parents Tuesday evening.

February 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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Bethune council continues discussion on school referendum

Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.

September 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘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


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