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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


Crime Report - Feb. 12, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer caught a Lugoff man after he allegedly kicked in doors in the city's Southern Oaks subdivision Saturday.

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Valentine's Day

Do you have big plans for Valentine's Day?

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


USC-Lancaster dean to address KCC

Dr. Walt Collins, dean of the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, will make a presentation to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday night. Collins has appeared before other county councils in the region to explain the benefits of having the university accessible to residents of Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Chester and York counties.

February 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Read Across America needs volunteers for Feb. 28 event

Read a book, make a difference in a child's life. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Partners in Education will conduct an annual Read Across America event Friday, Feb. 28. The two organizations are seeking volunteers to go to Kershaw County's 11 elementary schools that morning to read Dr. Seuss books to students.

February 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Leave it to Bieber? Please don’t

In our youthful years we all had heroes of one kind or another. I sure did. Some are athletes. In my day that included Bart Starr, Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. Some are musicians. In my day they were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, KISS and earlier, yes, I'll admit it -- The Partridge Family.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Wise will not seek reelection as county council chair

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise announced his decision Wednesday not to seek reelection as council chairman. Wise cited personal reasons for his decision and said a major factor is his plan to also retire from his position as director of the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff. He has been with Target more than 45 years.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Law enforcement concerned about DUI deaths

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) are concerned about the growing number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state and in Kershaw County. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews recently reported that the number of arrests by his deputies for driving under the influence (DUI) were up in 2013 and, with those, DUI fatalities.

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


Snow day or no snow day

Was the Kershaw County School District correct to cancel school last Tuesday when the wintery precipitation didn't come until that night?

February 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


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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


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Write-in candidate challenges Jones for KCC District 4

The race for the Kershaw County Council seat for District 4 looked like incumbent Councilman Jimmy Jones would win by default, as no one filed to run against him. That changed this week when Bill Haynes of Lugoff announced he has launched a campaign as a write-in candidate for the council seat in the Nov. 4 election.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


‘Derelict dwelling’ ordinance rejected by county council

A new ordinance that would have given Kershaw County the authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings failed to pass third and final reading Tuesday by Kershaw County Council on a 3-4 vote. First and second readings of the ordinance, patterned after state law, passed unanimously in previous meetings.

October 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Oct. 15, 2014

A Lugoff man was arrested Monday in connection to a home invasion robbery earlier this month and a September burglary. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Tanner Reece Brittain, 21, is facing charges following the home invasion Oct. 7 in which he allegedly kicked in the door of a residence and robbed the home owner at gunpoint. Brittain is also being charged with a burglary that occurred Sept. 19 in which he allegedly stole several firearms. After Brittain's arrest Monday he reportedly escaped through the window of a moving patrol car, was apprehended and has been charged ...

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


Lugoff Fire-Rescue and Kershaw County Fire Service join forces with Special Operations Team

Kershaw County residents are now provided better emergency response with the recent formation of the Special Operations Team, a cooperative effort between the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Department and the Kershaw County Fire Service. The team specializes in accidents involving hazardous materials, unusual rescues and other unique situations. LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer said the 20 team members were handpicked from the best firefighters around the county and had to receive extra training for the situations they may encounter.

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


Edward P. Reavey

WWII Navy gunner decorated for bravery, leading marketing executive in consumer electronics field, Summit H.S. All State half-back in 1940s

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Lisa Marie Munn

A service to celebrate the life of Lisa Marie Munn, 25, will be held on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Frances Freeman

Frances Freeman, 69, widow of Clarence "Weazer" Freeman, passed away on October 10, 2014.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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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