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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


Man accused of beating son rearrested

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man Aug. 1 for possession of a stolen handgun just days after being freed on a $20,000 bond for a charge of second-degree assault and battery. Deputies first arrested the man on July 26 for allegedly attacking his 12-year-old son with his fists and a flashlight. Online court records show the man was freed on bond on July 28.

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


Crime Report - Aug. 6, 2014

Yet another vehicle reported stolen in another county ended up at an Elgin recycling business July 31.

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


Camden woman arrested for allegedly defrauding KCSD

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) says a woman with a special needs child defrauded the district out of approximately $151,000 during a three-year period. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) charged Malinda Wynette Johnson, 34, with "breach/obtain signature or property under false pretenses, value $10,000 or more," according to online court records.

August 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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County council to honor Bobby T. Jones

Kershaw County Council will honor KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Bobby T. Jones for his long history of public service during council's meeting Tuesday.

April 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R battles home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to a house fire on Pine Grove Road in Lugoff around noon April 21. A press release said a neighbor heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the home next door.

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


Phillips: The entitled generation

In what could be considered an extension of my column from last week, which was about the misuse and abuse of government programs such as "food stamps," EBT cards and welfare, I've been giving the matter a lot of thought on a broader scale.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council looks at upcoming budget

Kershaw County Council and staff have started the annual task of crafting the county budget, which goes into effect July 1. Council held a workshop meeting Tuesday in which Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented a proposed general fund budget $280,907 less than the current $22.99 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that ends June 30.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sheriff’s foundation raises funds for bulletproof vests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) raised more than $5,000 April 14 with a fun-filled "roast" of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. The event in the Camden High School auditorium was the KCSF's second annual roast and the money raised will go towards bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rains raise Lake Wateree levels

Heavy thunderstorms and accompanying rains during the past weekend in North Carolina caused a threat of flash floods along the Catawba River basin, which includes Lake Wateree at the southernmost end.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council takes first step to amend fire hydrant code

Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lake Wateree Association marks 25th anniversary

In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 15, 2015

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Military Academy hosts Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes, family members and fans converged on the football field at Camden Military Academy (CMA) on Friday for the annual Kershaw County Special Olympics. The day began with a bus parade from the Kmart shopping center in Camden along DeKalb Street and ending at CMA east of Camden.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Chicken Strut could return to Bethune

Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council to consider zoning law changes

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO named Agency of the Year for fourth straight year

Honors and accolades continue to come in for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), as the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the KCSO its Agency of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award is given to the top law enforcement agencies in the state in divisions based on the size of the agency. The KCSO won in the category for agencies with 51 to 100 officers.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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