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VFW honors deputy, wife for saving soldier

Camden Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5928 honored a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy and his wife, a nurse at KershawHealth, for saving a North Carolina's soldier's life in October.

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sidewalk Survey: Military cut back

The federal government has announced plans to cut back the U.S. military to the lowest levels since World War II in a move to save money. Is that a good idea?

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


KCSO arrests two after alleged INVISTA thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Elgin men Wednesday after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of aluminum pipes from the INVISTA plant in Lugoff.

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


‘Project Chem’ revealed as WeylChem expansion

For the last several months, there has been talk about "Project Chem" at Kershaw County Council meetings. With publication of council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday, that project has been revealed to involve WeylChem US Inc.'s plant in Elgin.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Gardner hopes to retain KCC District 6 seat

Kershaw County District 6 Councilman Tom Gardner is announcing his bid for a second term.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Do they really mean it?

Gentlemen, start your engines! It's NASCAR season again, with the Daytona 500 coming up Sunday. There's always a high amount of excitement in the air this time of year, as everyone starts the season with the same record and number of points -- zeros all across the board.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune sells former bank building

Bethune Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell a former bank building it owns to a Chesterfield woman. Council held its meeting Tuesday after postponing the meeting from its original date of Feb. 13, due to poor weather and road conditions.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Historic Camden honors African-American Revolutionary hero

Camden historians say African-Americans contributed to the history of America even before there was an America. In connection with Black History Month, Historic Camden is offering a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday showcasing the role African-Americans, one in particular, played in the Revolution. All ages are welcome, but Historic Camden Administrative Assistant Carol Sheridan said the program is primarily aimed at children ages 6 through 12.

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The Winter Olympics

Do you have a favorite Winter Olympics event?

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - Feb. 19, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is cautioning owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Kershaw County to secure and keep a close eye on them after what appears to be an increase in ATV thefts, particularly in Lugoff.

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


World War II veteran recalls service

Camden resident Marion David, 89, was in the U.S. Army from March, 1943 until January, 1946 and served with the 12th Traffic Regulating Group in Europe during WWII.

February 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Kershaw County transformed by snow and ice

For the second time in two weeks, an arctic blast sent potentially dangerous precipitation into Kershaw County and much of the eastern United States. But county officials report they were prepared for the snow and ice.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LFD welcomes battalion chief

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) has added a senior officer to their ranks, and he is very familiar with the area. Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer is a Camden native and was hired to the new position by LFD Chief Dennis Ray last summer to oversee all the fire and rescue operations of the department.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Move the Olympics to Camden

By the time this comes out in the Chronicle-Independent, our most recent episode of wintry weather should be behind us. I sure hope so and good riddance. As southerners, we're just not well-equipped or prepared for snow and ice. We don't get a lot of it, thank God. That's one of the many benefits of living here.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


World War II vet Johnnie Jones retires again at 88

World War II veteran, textile worker, service station owner, grocery store employee and newspaper delivery man Johnnie J. Jones is finally retiring -- at the age of 88.

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


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The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Haynes not eligible for Kershaw County Council District 5 seat

Bill Haynes is not eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Kershaw County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilman Jimmy Jones. Jones was unopposed until Haynes started asking for write-in votes.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


CAST holds final meeting as grant expires

Members of CAST -- Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow -- met for the last time Wednesday at the ALPHA Center as a grant used to fund the program across the state ended in September.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Korean War veterans honored by Legion

The Korean War is sometimes called "the forgotten war," but James LeRoy Belk Post No. 17 of the American Legion in Camden held a special recognition for veterans of that conflict Oct. 18. Post Commander Clay Carruth asked all Korean War veterans in attendance to stand and be recognized before offering some remarks.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Piggly Wiggly in Camden to stay open, says manager

Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Nora E. Drew

Funeral service for Nora Ernestine Lollis Drew, 69, will be held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial and graveside to follow in Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Thompson will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethune Baptist Church or Malvern Hill Baptist Church.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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