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Chamber hosts annual legislative breakfast

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Forum and Breakfast at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday morning. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said the event allows representatives from the local, state and federal governments to share concerns with chamber members.

March 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


County council starts budget process

Kershaw County Council took the first step toward working out the county's fiscal year 2014-2015 budget with a special workshop meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the meeting was to present a basic overview of the budget, and that council has more meetings planned to discuss more specific budget matters. The proposed budget does not call for a tax increase and Carpenter said only a few fees will go up.

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Election filing period now open

The filing period for those people wishing to run for countywide elected offices opened Monday and will run through Sunday, March 30. Kershaw County Director of Registration and Elections Rosalind Watson said her office will be open normal hours through March 28 and will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 and 30.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Crime Report - March 19, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man March 12 after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and held her against her will.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The missing Malaysian airliner

What do you think happened to the missing Malaysian airliner?

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


A championship memory

Most of our lives contain some memorable moments that last a lifetime. A group of former Camden High School (CHS) students had such a moment 50 years ago when the CHS marching band was named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Trumpeter Jerry Sheheen said being in the band in the early to mid-1960s was made special by band director and teacher Bill Basden.

March 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Bethune to deal with water line problems

A piece of pipe nearly clogged with corrosion briefly took center stage at Thursday's Bethune Town Council meeting. According to Bethune Mayor Charles McCoy and Councilman Don Witham, the piece of pipe was from a section replaced following a water leak along U.S. 1 three weeks earlier.

March 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


It’s time to close, and lock, the ‘-gate’

The Watergate scandal. It all started with the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters inside the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and resulted more than two years later in the first resignation by a sitting U.S. President. I was 14 at the time of the break-in and I remember it well. It seemed like that was all that was on the national TV newscasts for that entire two years and beyond. If Hollywood is to be believed, the break-in was first noticed and reported by a simple man from Greenbow, Ala., named Forrest ...

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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


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Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. arrested in Clarendon County

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. turned himself in to the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Wednesday afternoon after learning an arrest warrant had been issued. CCSO deputies then booked Tucker at the Clarendon County Detention Center. A CCSO report listed the charge as "unlawful use or disposal of personal property subject to security interest." A judge later released Tucker on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to information taken from VINELink, a website used to track detainees across the country.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


College president speaks to Kershaw County Council

The president of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Lancaster campus offered Kershaw County Council a look at what the school has to offer and improvements being made there. USC-Lancaster President Dr. Walt Collins addressed council during its meeting Tuesday.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Every vote matters

First off, let me wish one and all a happy, safe and fun Halloween. I hope it brings you all that you hope for. But, that's not my main topic this week.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Officials urge safety for Halloween trick-or-treating

Halloween is upon us and for most people, young and old, it's a fun time to dress up in character and enjoy some candy and other treats. But law enforcement and other public safety officials urge everyone to follow some common-sense tips to keep the holiday safe.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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