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A Richland County wastewater treatment utility company has withdrawn a permit application to discharge treated sewage into a Kershaw County creek.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


Burglary suspect quickly arrested

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies quickly apprehended a man accused of burglarizing a store in Cassatt on Monday.

August 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee to meet Monday

A meeting of the newly-formed Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 190 at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St. in Camden. Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. said the committee was formed after a meeting July 16 was held to discuss firearms usage in the county.

August 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Palmetto Utilities still seeking KCC endorsement

Palmetto Utilities, a Richland County-based utility with facilities in Kershaw County, will be a focus of discussion during Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday evening.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lexington man dies in Lugoff motorcycle crash

A Lexington man died Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Lugoff. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Steven Wayne Brabham, 43, died from blunt force trauma to the head as a result of the crash. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) reported Brabham was not wearing a helmet.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Playground project launches fundraising campaign

A committee of citizens interested in building a new playground in western Kershaw County reports it has already reached 7 percent of its fundraising goal in less than two months. The citizens committee met Thursday evening at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters. Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter said the projected cost for construction is $300,000 and that $21,000 has been raised since the fundraising campaign began in June.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Camden man remembers tragic 1943 parachute jump

"It's in my mind and I'll never get it out. I stood there on the bank and watched them pull them out dead."

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


It’s a different world

As time goes by, I find myself more and more slipping into the role of the "grumpy old man." I guess that's a natural evolution for most of us as we age, but I now often find myself saying things like "back in my day" or "things were a lot different when I was a kid." Well, those statements are true; there's no denying it.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


LF-R responds to SUV that fell off I-20 overpass

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to U.S. 601 at I-20 in Lugoff for an overturned vehicle with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Monday. Battalion 1, Training 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10 responded to the scene to find a sports utility vehicle (SUV) overturned against a guard rail in the median.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Tip on marijuana plants leads to arrest for cocaine, weapons

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested a Camden man July 31, charging him with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man arrested after allegedly shooting trespasser

Deputies arrested a Greenville man Saturday after he reportedly shot one of three men he claimed were trespassing on Kershaw County land he leased for hunting.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff warns of teens sharing inappropriate photos online

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews is warning parents to be aware of their children's online activities, as photos of nude or semi-nude adolescents are being posted on the internet, then widely distributed. Matthews posted the following warning on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Facebook page on Monday, under a headline that read "VERY IMPORTANT PARENTS BEWARE!!!"

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC to Palmetto Utilities: fix Crab Apple Lane

On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Humane Society breaks ground for new shelter

The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 25, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Cassatt man and a Camden woman in separate drug cases recently.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fort Jackson’s commanding general speaks to Rotary

The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Thieves make off with ATM from Lugoff credit union

Someone managed to steal an entire automatic teller machine (ATM) from a credit union branch in Lugoff despite a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy's rapid response to an alarm.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lawmakers meet the public at annual breakfast

Four members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation gathered with interested local government officials and residents Friday during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Palmetto Utilities request reappears on KCC agenda

Less than a year ago, in April 2014, Palmetto Utilities Inc., a Richland County-based company with a wastewater treatment facility along Spears Creek in Kershaw County, asked Kershaw County Council to officially support its application for a permit to discharge wastewater into the creek. Currently, Palmetto utilizes a sandpit treatment method.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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