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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


Thank you, veterans

Veterans Day was this week and here in Kershaw County, and all across the nation, we paused for a brief time to honor and thank those who have served in the military to defend our way of life and our freedoms and to establish or preserve those same ideals around the globe.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


No new gun law for county

Kershaw County Council will not consider any new ordinances regulating the use of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county, at least not in the near future.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden celebrates Arbor Day at steeplechase museum

The city of Camden, Camden Parks and Trees Commission and Camden Tree Foundation celebrated Arbor Day on Nov. 7 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. The event honored Geraldine "Gerry" McBryde, a Kirkover Hills resident who many say is responsible for beautifying that subdivision by planting flowers, plants and trees in the area.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KCSO deputy shoots pit bull

For the second time in three days, a pit bull had to be shot and killed following an attack.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Price Award goes to Lewis

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) presented its 2014 Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award to K.J. Lewis, chaplain for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and other local emergency agencies.

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


Community rallies to aid Lugoff arson victim

Lugoff community members have launched a fundraising effort to help a Lugoff woman whose home was destroyed recently by what authorities have determined was an act of arson. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Dennis Ray said the Nov. 4 blaze was the first of two intentionally set fires in Lugoff that night, believed to the be the work of the same person.

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


Crime Report - Nov. 12, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic officer nabbed two wanted fugitives Nov. 4 after stopping a vehicle on I-20 for speeding at 90 mph in a 70 mph zone.

November 12, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Firearms committee to report to county council

Kershaw County Council may soon consider a newly-written firearms discharge ordinance. The county's Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee will make a presentation during council's meeting Tuesday.

November 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Support your local merchants

I generally agree with the phrase "shop local," and I do so whenever possible. In a worldwide economy, especially in the modern world of online shopping, nearly anything can be purchased from anywhere and delivered right to your door.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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A cry for justice

Well, folks, after more than three months of speculation, of debates, of arguing, bickering and online name calling, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Mo., finally came to a conclusion earlier this week. The 12-person panel was presented with and studied all the evidence in the case of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August and concluded there were no indications that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson committed any crime when he shot and killed Brown.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Law enforcement warns of scammers around the holidays

Law enforcement officials are cautioning the public to always be wary of swindlers and those who try to get money from good people using a wide variety of unethical and illegal tactics. These con games know no season, but Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said criminals increase their efforts around the holidays. Using the old adage, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," Floyd said everyone should be aware of possible scams and gave advice on what to do if they are contacted by anyone they don't know asking for money.

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


Audit finds good financial health for Kershaw County

Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


CPD arrests Elgin man after he attacks woman

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested an Elgin man Nov. 13 on multiple charges after he allegedly forced his way into a Camden home and attacked a 29-year-old Lugoff woman.

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


CPD celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized three city crossing guards for their dedication and service during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, which ended Friday. The CPD, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center honored William Lucas and John T. Arledge for their service at Camden Elementary School (CES) and Carson Gordon for keeping students safe at Camden Middle School (CMS).

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


Fire chiefs promote extra safety during cold months

With the first touch of winter weather upon Kershaw County, local firefighting officials are cautioning everyone to use a few safety tips to keep their homes and businesses safe when using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.

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


Crime Report - Nov. 26, 2014

A Camden businessman is accusing an employee of stealing more than $4,500 from the business.

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


Chamber of Commerce president resigns

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council has questions on Nov. 4 election

Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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