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Camden Garden Club helps beautify downtown

The Camden Garden Club recently partnered with the city of Camden on a project to provide more colorful flowers in the downtown area. Catherine French, the club's past president, said the city provided the 16 containers for the plants and pledged to keep them watered, while the garden club furnished the plants, dirt and effort to install the plants along Broad Street.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


County forms corporation to manage $8.5 million bond

Kershaw County Council recently formed a public facilities corporation to oversee the spending of up to $8.5 million from bonds council approved in June. The money is designated for capital improvements, including renovations to the Kershaw County Detention Center, upgrades at Central Carolina Technical College and improvements for county recreation facilities.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The quest for independence

Sometimes, the most challenging thing about writing this weekly column is coming up with a topic, but that's not at all the case this week. My columns run on Friday and even if July 4 wasn't on Friday this year I would still have written my column about the holiday.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


The Fourth of July

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Fire chiefs urge caution with fireworks

July 4 is celebrated in many ways, with cookouts, patriotic concerts and parades. But one fun thing about the holiday that carries the potential for danger is fireworks. Kershaw County fire chiefs want everyone to have fun on the 4th, but to also use caution and common sense when dealing with fireworks.

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCSO Lt. graduates FBI academy

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Lt. Steve Knafelc graduated from the 255th Session of the FBI (FBI) National Academy on June 13. In a ceremony held at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., Knafelc graduated along with law enforcement officials from the District of Columbia, 17 countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R recognizes Lugoff resident

Members of Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) members and the Lugoff Fire District Board of Commissioners recognized Lugoff citizen Sidney Butler at the board's monthly meeting June 23. Chief Dennis Ray said Butler was recognized and presented a plaque for his service to the Lugoff community and the fire department by providing support and input for community and county growth projects.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Elderly man leads deputies on low-speed chase

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies stopped an elderly man in Lee County after a low-speed chase on I-20 following an alert for a reckless driver without headlights on I-20 in Kershaw County.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Hewitt is first KCSO drug recognition expert deputy

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt recently received Drug Recognition Expert certification (DRE) following completion of a training, evaluation and testing program. Hewitt is the first law enforcement officer from the KCSO to receive this certification.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KH to team with orthopedic experts

Kershaw County area residents who need joint replacement may soon be able to have their procedures done at KershawHealth under a plan its board of trustees is working toward.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Camden jewel thief arrested in Charlotte

The Camden Police Department (CPD) charged an Indiana man who recently relocated to Charlotte, N.C., for allegedly stealing three rings from two Camden jewelry stores this month. CPD Chief Joe Floyd identified the man as Justin Charles Tarpley, 32, whose official address is in Porter, Ind. Floyd said diligent investigation by Det. Dallas Rabon resulted in Tarpley's capture.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns wins Republican nomination for KCC chair

Retired U.S. Army General Julian Burns will represent the Republican party for Kershaw County Council Chairman in the November 4 general election after winning a runoff Tuesday against Ben Connell. Burns, Connell and Gene Hartis ran on the Republican ballot in the June 10 primary. Burns received the most votes, but less than 50 percent, so a runoff was required with Hartis, who received the second highest number of votes. Hartis, however, decided to withdraw from the race, which allowed Connell to face Burns in the runoff.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


KCC approves 2 percent raise for employees

Calling it "a good night for Kershaw County citizens," County Councilman Jimmy Jones successfully introduced several new amendments, including a 2 percent pay raise for county employees, to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget at council's meeting Tuesday. Council passed third and final reading of the budget at its June 17 meeting, but several members made a request to reconsider the budget Tuesday night.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Common sense isn’t so common any more

Early this week I had an interesting conversation with a downtown Camden businessman. I was walking the area doing our weekly "Sidewalk Survey" feature for Wednesday's paper and I went into this gentleman's store to see if I might find a survey participant. I did find one.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO arrests heroin dealer

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man on June 20, and charged him with trafficking heroin.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Camden man arrested for attempted murder, more

A Camden man is behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of breach of trust. Timmy Deandre Bennett, 21, of Knights Hill Road, Camden, turned himself in to the Camden Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday.

March 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

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


Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

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


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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