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KCSO looking for man in weekend shooting

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking a man in connection with the shooting death of a Camden man Saturday. In a press release, Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the man investigators want to talk to as 22-year-old Robert Wendell Simon. The sheriff said investigators want to talk to Simon about the death of Antwan Dixon, 25, of Black River Road, Camden.

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


Childhood books

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Childhood Memories

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Public presentations scheduled for KCC meet

Kershaw County Council will hear two public presentations during its meeting Tuesday evening.

March 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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


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‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune ‘blighted property’ owners may face fines

Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

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


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

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


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