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SCLEN, American Legion honor KCSO deputies

The S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) recently honored Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt as its Officer of the Year in the 5th Judicial Circuit. SCLEN is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work in individual South Carolina judicial districts with the mission to reduce DUI fatalities and collisions resulting in great bodily injury. In this case, the award is presented by the SCLEN 5th Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. The award, presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony, is sponsored by Lexington Richland Association for Drug Abuse Control (LRADAC) in Richland County and the ...

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


Read Across America declared a success, no more, no less

The 17th annual Read Across America event took place Feb. 28 with volunteers converging on all Kershaw County elementary schools to read the works of Dr. Seuss to students in honor of his birthday. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, was born March 2, 1904, but since that date fell on Sunday this year, the event was moved to Feb. 28, a Friday. A creation of the National Education Association, the event is held nationwide.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Kelly warrant reveals details

An arrest warrant for murder served on Briana Rabon's accused killer states that video surveillance shows the 18-year-old entering Stephen Ross Kelly's car on the night of Feb. 25, just before her death.

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


Not just business as usual

We often hear politicians and government officials say that running a government, at any level, is the same as running a business. There obviously is some truth in that. Governments have expenses for personnel, equipment and supplies. They receive funds from their clients (taxpayers) to pay for the services the citizens hopefully receive. Government officials have to budget that money and decide how and where to allocate it to be used.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Man accused in Rabon killing waives bond

Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and strangling 18-year-old Briana Nicole Rabon to death will apparently remain in jail until his trial. Monday, Kelly waived his right to a bond hearing. Also, attorney Bob Mobley Cook of Kershaw, confirmed he is representing Kelly in the case.

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sidewalk Survey: Spring has sprung

With spring just around the corner, beginning on March 21, what do you most look forward to in that season?

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - March 5, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Lugoff man, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 25.

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Industrial spotlight: Accuride shines in the wheel business

A Camden manufacturing plant is making high-end aluminum wheels for large trucks and trailers. Accuride Director of Operations Peter Wong said the company supplies the wheels directly to truck makers and other buyers.

March 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council honors Coach Ted Monroe

When the coach of any sport amasses a 204-9 win-loss record, it gets attention. Kershaw County Council agreed and honored Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) wrestling coach Ted Monroe by passing a resolution recognizing his accomplishments in front of a packed room that included Monroe and members of his family, along with coworkers, current and former wrestlers and their parents Tuesday evening.

February 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 26, 2014

Friday, Nov. 1, 2014: a man find that his $4,400 Ford Explorer is missing from his Pathfinder Trail home, and believes is has been repossessed.

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


SAFE FCU breaks ground on Lugoff branch

Now, everyone can know what will replace the former Burger King on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff: a new SAFE Federal Credit Union branch. SAFE and local government officials and others took part in an official groundbreaking for the new facility Friday.

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


VFW honors deputy, wife for saving soldier

Camden Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5928 honored a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy and his wife, a nurse at KershawHealth, for saving a North Carolina's soldier's life in October.

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


Sidewalk Survey: Military cut back

The federal government has announced plans to cut back the U.S. military to the lowest levels since World War II in a move to save money. Is that a good idea?

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


KCSO arrests two after alleged INVISTA thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Elgin men Wednesday after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of aluminum pipes from the INVISTA plant in Lugoff.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Project Chem’ revealed as WeylChem expansion

For the last several months, there has been talk about "Project Chem" at Kershaw County Council meetings. With publication of council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday, that project has been revealed to involve WeylChem US Inc.'s plant in Elgin.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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44th annual Revolutionary War Field Days this weekend

Kershaw County residents and visitors will converge upon Historic Camden, 222 S. Broad St., Camden for what Executive Director Joanna Craig said is the biggest yearly event at the site. This weekend's event, Revolutionary War Field Days Saturday and Sunday, is the 44th gathering at Historic Camden.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Localife


Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. arrested in Clarendon County

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. turned himself in to the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Wednesday afternoon after learning an arrest warrant had been issued. CCSO deputies then booked Tucker at the Clarendon County Detention Center. A CCSO report listed the charge as "unlawful use or disposal of personal property subject to security interest." A judge later released Tucker on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to information taken from VINELink, a website used to track detainees across the country.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


College president speaks to Kershaw County Council

The president of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Lancaster campus offered Kershaw County Council a look at what the school has to offer and improvements being made there. USC-Lancaster President Dr. Walt Collins addressed council during its meeting Tuesday.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Every vote matters

First off, let me wish one and all a happy, safe and fun Halloween. I hope it brings you all that you hope for. But, that's not my main topic this week.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Officials urge safety for Halloween trick-or-treating

Halloween is upon us and for most people, young and old, it's a fun time to dress up in character and enjoy some candy and other treats. But law enforcement and other public safety officials urge everyone to follow some common-sense tips to keep the holiday safe.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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