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Camden jewel thief arrested in Charlotte

The Camden Police Department (CPD) charged an Indiana man who recently relocated to Charlotte, N.C., for allegedly stealing three rings from two Camden jewelry stores this month. CPD Chief Joe Floyd identified the man as Justin Charles Tarpley, 32, whose official address is in Porter, Ind. Floyd said diligent investigation by Det. Dallas Rabon resulted in Tarpley's capture.

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


Burns wins Republican nomination for KCC chair

Retired U.S. Army General Julian Burns will represent the Republican party for Kershaw County Council Chairman in the November 4 general election after winning a runoff Tuesday against Ben Connell. Burns, Connell and Gene Hartis ran on the Republican ballot in the June 10 primary. Burns received the most votes, but less than 50 percent, so a runoff was required with Hartis, who received the second highest number of votes. Hartis, however, decided to withdraw from the race, which allowed Connell to face Burns in the runoff.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


KCC approves 2 percent raise for employees

Calling it "a good night for Kershaw County citizens," County Councilman Jimmy Jones successfully introduced several new amendments, including a 2 percent pay raise for county employees, to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget at council's meeting Tuesday. Council passed third and final reading of the budget at its June 17 meeting, but several members made a request to reconsider the budget Tuesday night.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Common sense isn’t so common any more

Early this week I had an interesting conversation with a downtown Camden businessman. I was walking the area doing our weekly "Sidewalk Survey" feature for Wednesday's paper and I went into this gentleman's store to see if I might find a survey participant. I did find one.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO arrests heroin dealer

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man on June 20, and charged him with trafficking heroin.

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


Summer time treats

What is your favorite summer food?

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Runoff election sees light voter traffic

Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide one Kershaw County race and others statewide. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said at 12:30 p.m. voter turnout had been steady, but light. She said light turnout is common for runoff elections.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Crime Report - June 25, 2014

For the second time in less than two weeks, another Camden jewelry store is reporting being robbed by a man posing as a customer.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council to ‘reconsider’ budget

After voting unanimously last week to pass the third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the Kershaw County Council has the budget on the agenda again for their meeting this Tuesday. The agenda is dominated by second readings of nine ordinances that would modify Zoning and Land Use Regulations, but the subject of the budget is the first agenda item listed.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


School district officials talk Phase 2 referendum with chamber board

Kershaw County School District leaders spoke at last Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to explain the need for the Facilities Equalization Plan Phase 2 Referendum that will be voted on in the November general election and, if passed, would provide up to $133 million to build new schools and renovate and repair others. Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said he took his Kershaw County job in 2007 and on his first visit he looked at several of the school facilities. He said he was impressed with how the district used the funds from Phase 1 to ...

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Camden Council to recognize band conductor Pat Wylie

Camden City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is no work session meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. City Manager Mel Pearson was out of town at a conference as this story was being written, but Mayor Tony Scully said the work sessions are sometimes cancelled if there is not enough business to justify a meeting.The 6:30 meeting includes a special recognition for Pat Wylie, former Camden Middle School Band director and conductor for the Camden Community Concert Band for 34 years.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Runoff elections set for Tuesday

Voters will be headed back to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections to choose which candidates will represent their respective political parties in the general election in November. Runoffs became necessary in races with more than two candidates. If no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two candidates.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Find a new furry friend

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Nas, a 2-year-old male King Corso and Sparkes, a 3-year-old female cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call ...

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Kershaw county council approves annual budget

Kershaw County property owners will see a higher amount on their next tax bill, as the county council gave final approval to the annual budget that goes into effect July 1. Council met Tuesday in a meeting postponed from the previous week due to the primary election.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Camden woman was first Texas A&M female cadet company commander

When Ruth Ann Schumacher, now Ruth Ann Burns of Camden, first joined the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University in 1974, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. She was in the first group of female cadets at the prestigious university and was among 50 female classmates in the groundbreaking event.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Georgia fugitive arrested with large quantity of drugs

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Delaware man wanted in Georgia, and the man's female companion Sunday. According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Charlie McLaughlin III, 31, and Kelly Molina, 30, both of Wilmington, Del., after he stopped them for speeding on I-20.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - March 4, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bishopville man on an outstanding warrant Feb. 26 and then added charges of giving false information and threatening the life of a public official in the process.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man arrested for attempted murder, more

A Camden man is behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of breach of trust. Timmy Deandre Bennett, 21, of Knights Hill Road, Camden, turned himself in to the Camden Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday.

March 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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