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Authorities report few problems connected to snowfall

Kershaw County had a bout of wintery weather, including sleet and snow this week, but emergency authorities are reporting relatively few problems. The precipitation started Tuesday night in Camden with light sleet and freezing rain that later turned to snow. The National Weather Service reported 1.5 inches fell in Kershaw County.

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


KCC hears KershawHealth report

The Kershaw County Council received a quarterly report from KershawHealth on Tuesday evening. The short meeting went on as scheduled, despite the threat of inclement weather, which didn't arrive until later.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The rules of the road

Sometimes I think I'm becoming the typical "grumpy old man." There are some things that bother me much more than in my younger years. But there's something that has bothered me since my teens and that's people who simply don't know how to drive. Believe me, there are many of them out there.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


CPD detective pulls woman from wreck

Quick action by a Camden Police Department (CPD) detective helped extract an Elgin woman from an overturned vehicle Tuesday night. Paige Gibson told The Chronicle-Independent she was on her way to work in her Jeep Cherokee around 10:25 p.m. when she came upon the scene of a previous accident on U.S. 1 at Rabon Circle. CPD Det. Damien Burris was there.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - Jan. 29, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer responded to an assault call at a West DeKalb Street restaurant Sunday and found three men had been severely beaten by six others.

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


Child alerts family to house fire, all escape safely

The quick actions of a young child averted tragedy early Jan. 22, helping a family of seven escape a mobile home fire southeast of Camden.

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


Super Bowl predictions

Who will win the Super Bowl, and why?

January 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


KCC eyeing short agenda

Kershaw County Council will hold its second January meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The relatively short agenda will begin with a quarterly update from the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. Another presentation by the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees originally scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until February, according to County Administrator Vic Carpenter.

January 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


L-EHS grad killed in Calhoun County wreck

A 21-year-old Columbia woman with ties to Kershaw County died in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on I-26 in Calhoun County. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and the Calhoun County Coroner's Office confirmed Kristen Amodio Baker, a 2010 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School was westbound on I-26 at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The SCHP said she lost control of her 2003 Hyundai and hit the wall that divides the westbound and eastbound lanes around mile marker 125.5.

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


You can’t stand tall without a spine

I'm a big fan of nearly every genre and era of music. Music has always been an important part of my life and I'm certain it will always be. One particular style I often enjoy is country music.

January 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Chamber changing Community Pride Award procedure

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce wants to recognize businesses that have improved the exterior look of their buildings and is asking for community input. The chamber has presented Community Pride Awards in the past, but Chamber Director Liz Horton told the chamber board of directors at its Jan. 16 meeting that changes are being made in the process.

January 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Crissman entering District 5 council race

A second candidate has announced his intention to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak announced earlier this month he is not seeking reelection after serving two, four-year terms. East Camden businessman Jimmie "Jimbo" Crissman, 37, was born and raised in the Fifth District. He has owned Camden Gold & Silver more than four years and said that experience would be helpful on council.

January 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Officers, others remember former CPD Chief Jack Cobb

Longtime Camden Police Department (CPD) officer and former Chief Jack Cobb, 75, passed away Sunday. He served the city of Camden from 1975 to 1997, becoming chief in 1993. Cobb's former colleagues remember him as a dedicated policeman, but one who was always ready with a practical joke.

January 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Branham to run for probate judge

A Camden woman with 20 years experience in the legal field has announced her intention to run for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Current Judge Harriett Pierce recently announced she would not seek reelection after serving 38 years.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Camden remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dozens of people packed the sanctuary of Camden First United Methodist Church to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the official holiday observed for the slain civil rights leader. The Camden-Kershaw County branch of the NAACP sponsored the event.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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