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Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Counterfeit money showing up in Kershaw County

Several businesses in Camden and Kershaw County have reported receiving counterfeit money during the past several weeks, but law enforcement officials say they don't believe the fake bills are being produced in Kershaw County. Instead, official believe the counterfeit bills are unknowingly being brought to the area by people who received them elsewhere.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three rabies cases reported in Camden

Three Kershaw County residents are undergoing treatment for rabies after contracting the disease from the same stray cat. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) reported the cat exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 in Camden before being captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat as rabid on July 23.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Man arrested for attacking son

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

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


Crime Report - July 30, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

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


Time to take a trip

Have you ever taken a train trip? If not, where would you like to ride a train to?

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


California fugitive arrested in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators and Oceanside (Calif.) Police Department (OPD) investigators arrested a Camden woman who apparently moved to Camden on the run from the law in California.

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


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘Like ducks to water’

A group of Kershaw County children have learned to swim this week, thanks to a partnership between the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) and First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden. Patty Rose is the director of urban missions for FBC and said she became aware of the need for the swim lessons when kids in her program attended a pool party.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council revising procurement code

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would modify the county's procurement code that regulates purchases. Before the vote, County Attorney Ken DuBose explained a proposed amendment to the ordinance.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sports Figures

Who is your favorite all-time sports figure?

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Camp Emmanuel kids learn about fruits and vegetables

More than 25 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, learned about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating as part of Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly Produce Manager Jane Hunter explained a wide variety of fresh produce and provided samples for the children with the help of Jessica March, another Piggly Wiggly produce department worker who cut the fruits and vegetables into bite-size pieces.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


Crime Report - July 23, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer answered a call to KershawHealth on Saturday in response to a patient with a bullet wound.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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County council to honor Bobby T. Jones

Kershaw County Council will honor KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Bobby T. Jones for his long history of public service during council's meeting Tuesday.

April 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R battles home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to a house fire on Pine Grove Road in Lugoff around noon April 21. A press release said a neighbor heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the home next door.

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


Phillips: The entitled generation

In what could be considered an extension of my column from last week, which was about the misuse and abuse of government programs such as "food stamps," EBT cards and welfare, I've been giving the matter a lot of thought on a broader scale.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council looks at upcoming budget

Kershaw County Council and staff have started the annual task of crafting the county budget, which goes into effect July 1. Council held a workshop meeting Tuesday in which Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented a proposed general fund budget $280,907 less than the current $22.99 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that ends June 30.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sheriff’s foundation raises funds for bulletproof vests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) raised more than $5,000 April 14 with a fun-filled "roast" of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. The event in the Camden High School auditorium was the KCSF's second annual roast and the money raised will go towards bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rains raise Lake Wateree levels

Heavy thunderstorms and accompanying rains during the past weekend in North Carolina caused a threat of flash floods along the Catawba River basin, which includes Lake Wateree at the southernmost end.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council takes first step to amend fire hydrant code

Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lake Wateree Association marks 25th anniversary

In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 15, 2015

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Military Academy hosts Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes, family members and fans converged on the football field at Camden Military Academy (CMA) on Friday for the annual Kershaw County Special Olympics. The day began with a bus parade from the Kmart shopping center in Camden along DeKalb Street and ending at CMA east of Camden.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Chicken Strut could return to Bethune

Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council to consider zoning law changes

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO named Agency of the Year for fourth straight year

Honors and accolades continue to come in for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), as the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the KCSO its Agency of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award is given to the top law enforcement agencies in the state in divisions based on the size of the agency. The KCSO won in the category for agencies with 51 to 100 officers.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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