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County council meets on Palmetto Utilities request

By the end of a special called meeting Oct. 1 to discuss a permitting request from Palmetto Utilities of Richland County, Kershaw County Council decided it wants to meet with all concerned parties about a potential increase in discharges into Spears Creek in Kershaw County.

October 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Three new businesses open in Bethune

Downtown Bethune is celebrating the openings of three new businesses, all of which held ribbon cutting ceremonies Wednesday.

October 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business

Phillips: My last hurrah?

As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country Chronicle, the weekly newspaper covering Blythewood and the surrounding area in northern Richland County.

September 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Kershaw County Council approves up to $17 million for economic development

Kershaw County could spend up to $17 million to improve its industrial parks in order to make them more attractive to potential new industries. Kershaw County Council voted, 4-3, Tuesday evening to proceed with a plan which finance projects through general obligation bonds while also tapping the county's reserve fund.

September 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Phillips: Thank you, Kershaw County

I mentioned this in my column two weeks ago, but I now want to go into more detail on what's happening in my professional life. As we announced a few weeks back, the Chronicle-Independent is shifting from three days a week to two. As part of these changes I am being promoted to the position of editor for The Country Chronicle in Blythewood.

September 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Animal pharmaceutical company supports FFA

Two Kershaw County chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) are benefiting from the generosity of animal pharmaceutical company Zoetis, which is the animal medications division of Pfizer. The FFA programs at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) and North Central High School were chosen as this year's recipients. The choices were made by the South Carolina Equine Associates (SCEA) in Camden.

September 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education

KCSO advises how to prevent car break-ins

With a recent rash of vehicle break-ins in the West Wateree area of Kershaw County, Sheriff Jim Matthews and lead investigator Capt. Steve Knafelc are cautioning residents to guard their valuables and not make their vehicles easy targets.

September 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

KCC continues economic development discussion

Kershaw County Council will again consider the subject of improving the county's infrastructure for economic development when it meets Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter has addressed the council at its last two regular meetings, outlining different scenarios and the costs associated with each.

September 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Kershaw County declared ‘Work Ready’

Kershaw County is now "Work Ready."

September 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Lugoff man arrested for making ‘moonshine’

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested a Lugoff man Wednesday afternoon after finding an illegal liquor-making operation on Barlow Drive.

September 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Phillips: A dog’s life

Since my weekly column came out two weeks ago telling the story of how I met my dog, I have had several people ask me how he is doing, so an update feels very appropriate at this time.

September 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Crime Report - Sept. 16, 2015

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy responded to a call of an Elgin man shot in the leg by his cousin Sept. 6.

September 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Bethune man dies in fiery crash with log truck

A Bethune man died Tuesday morning when the SUV he was driving went out of control, collided with a logging truck and burst into flames on U.S. 1 at James West Road near Cassatt.

September 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Sheriff wants to reform DUI laws

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says too many guilty driving under the influence (DUI) offenders go unpunished or "underpunished." The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCOS) regularly receives awards for enforcing South Carolina's DUI laws, but Matthews said the way those laws are written often end up with less than optimal outcomes in his mind.

September 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Bethune council approves message sign bid

Bethune will have a new programmable message sign in place within the next few weeks. Bethune Town Council voted Thursday to accept the lowest bid from a Kershaw County business to produce the sign. Councilman Don Witham said donations totaling $26,935 have come in; Signs Unlimited in Lugoff presented the lowest bid of $21,665.

September 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

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