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Bethune students plant butterfly garden

Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


An ounce of prevention

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and S.C. Fire Marshal's Office (SCFMO) would rather prevent fires and the tragedies they bring than fight them. With that mission, the two agencies recently joined forces April 24 in Camden's Kirkwood community to provide and install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and share fire prevention information with residents. The project was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Mother's Day Plans

What are your Mother's Day plans?

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Honoring mothers in Camden

The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 7, 2014

A Kershaw man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his truck in the early morning hours Sunday.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


DHEC's answers about Palmetto Utilities request

When Stan Jones, president of Palmetto Utilities, recently sought Kershaw County Council's support for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Spears Creek, council members left with a number of unanswered questions. That was because the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) did not send a representative to a council workshop to answer some of those questions.

May 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Our friends in blue

I have several different duties and assignments here at the Chronicle-Independent, but picking my favorite is not something I have to think very hard or long about. It's covering crime news and the activities and efforts of the Camden Police Department (CPD) and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). There's always something different, sometimes humorous and never boring. Every now and then it's tragic and that part is not fun at all, but our job is to get the news into the hands of the people, even if, or especially if, it's not good news.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Kershaw County Council considers new budget

Users of Kershaw County's recreation facilities and programs may soon have to pay more for the privilege if Kershaw County Council passes a proposed budget presented at a special workshop Tuesday evening. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the proposed budget is balanced without a tax increase.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 30, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Camden woman on a weapons charge April 17 after she allegedly left a handgun in the restroom of a fast food restaurant.

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


New Business

What company would you like to see open a facility in Kershaw County?

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


CHS English teacher named district’s best

Rebecca Rundlett, a Camden High School (CHS) English teacher is the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) 2014 Teacher of the Year. KCSD officials made the announcement during its annual awards gala in the CHS Performing Arts Auditorium on Monday, picking Rundlett from among 20 educators named as teachers of the year from their respective schools.

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Two arrested in heroin, pot, synthetic narcotics bust

Two people were jailed April 16 and charged with several narcotics violations and a weapons charge following an investigation by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Police Department welcomes public input

A number of residents from Camden and the surrounding area got to know the Camden Police Department (CPD) a little better Thursday night. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said he wanted a forum held inside Camden City Hall to learn the public's concerns and what suggestions residents have for better policing.

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden’s Jack Brantley honored by S.C. Department of Commerce

Camden businessman and civic leader Jack Brantley is Kershaw County's new Ambassador for Economic Development for 2014, recently named by the S.C. Department of Commerce. Brantley owns Aberdeen Catery in Camden and is among 46 "ambassador" honorees, one from each county in the state.

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


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KCC to hear text to 911 presentation

Kershaw County Council will hear a presentation Tuesday night by Kirk Stropes, the county's E911 deputy director, on a new system where people can text emergencies to 911. It is one of three presentations on council's agenda for the evening.

January 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: When duty calls

Last week, I wrote about some of the many cultural and recreational opportunities we have here in Camden and Kershaw County. It's impressive we have so many offerings and they are thanks to the vision, effort and hard work of those involved, be it the Fine Arts Center, the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department, the equine industry and so many more.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter celebrates 16 years

The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, at 460 Fair St. in Camden will have been in operation for 16 years as of Feb. 1 and they are celebrating the occasion the entire week with special offers for pet lovers. Feb. 1 is a Sunday and the facility is closed Sunday and Monday each week, so the festivities are slated to begin Tuesday, Feb. 3 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 7.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Multiple fire departments protect RV park from fire

Dozens of firefighters responded to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road around 2 p.m. Monday in an effort to keep the fire from spreading into an RV park near I-20. Crews from Doby's Mill and Blaney fire departments, as well as other firefighters from the Kershaw County Fire Service and Columbia-Richland fire departments, joined Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) units in battling the blaze. LF-R crews arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods thanks to high gusts of wind. LF-R's incident commander requested the additional crews ...

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune approves water system study during special meeting

Bethune Town Council took the first step Monday toward repairing and upgrading the town's aging water system when it approved spending $5,000 on an engineering study. The study is expected to find what condition the system is in and determine the estimated cost of the upgrade. Council voted on the matter during a special meeting called at 10 a.m. at Bethune Town Hall. Council hopes to secure grant money to help fund the massive project.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Keeping ‘the dream’ alive

People packed into Camden's Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Monday evening for the community's annual remembrance of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP's Camden-Kershaw County branch sponsored the event, presided over by 1st Vice President Rev. Kenneth Carter.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Carrie Mae McDaniel

Mrs. Carrie Mae McDaniel, 80, of Greenville, and formerly of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 12, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lois Thomas Bradford. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing services will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at One p.m., at Mount Calvary Holiness Church, Rembert, with burial in Saint James Holiness Church Cemetery, Camden. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the McDaniel Family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Frank Brunson Tidwell

Ivanhoe, Va. - Frank Brunson Tidwell, Jr., 56, of Ivanhoe, Va. and formerly of Camden passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United In Christ Holiness Church, Ivanhoe, Va. Arrangements by Reese Funeral Home, Austinville, Va.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Magnolia Belton

Mrs. Magnolia Belton, 91, of 314 King St., Camden, died Saturday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Belton family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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