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Teens’ arrests for home burglary clears up car break-ins

The arrest of four Camden teens in connection with a Jan. 27 burglary led to the arrest of a fifth young man, clearing up a series of car break-ins.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


No changes for Kershaw County waterway ‘buffer zones’

Regulations on property "buffer zones" between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 11, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four men in two separate drug cases Feb. 2 and 3.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealer arrested for kidnapping woman

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Columbia man Thursday night for allegedly kidnapped a Camden woman who owed him money for crack cocaine.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KH, KCSF team up to give deputies free physicals

More than 50 Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies received free physicals Thursday as part of a new partnership between the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) and KershawHealth.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Anderson engages youth through computer business

Potter's Computer Systems, at 1662 Hwy. 1 South in Lugoff, has only been open since September, but owner Thomas Anderson said he has years of experience with computers, including owning a previous business in Columbia. Anderson doesn't just use his skills and knowledge to repair and upgrade computers, make cellphone repairs and handle other communication needs. He's also passing his knowledge down to younger people.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCC set to discuss EMS’ future

Funding for and the delivery of emergency management services (EMS) is back on the agenda for Tuesday night's Kershaw County Council meeting. Council originally planned to discuss the issue during its Jan. 27, but tabled the matter until Tuesday night.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The true meaning of bittersweet

Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. House elects Bill Funderburk to judgeship

The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lugoff vandalism under investigation

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a series of vandalisms in and around Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) early Thursday morning. Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said someone opened several fire hydrants on and around school property around 1 a.m..

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fitness Zone nears 15 years of operation in Lugoff

(The Chronicle-Independent celebrates Black History Month in February with a series of stories on area businesses owned and operated by African-Americans, starting with Fitness Zone in Lugoff and owner George Gibson.)

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


Crime Report - Feb. 4, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies dealt with two more car chases in recent days.

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


SCSO investigating Camden man’s death

What appeared to be a Camden man's death in Sumter County due to a car crash is now being investigated as a homicide. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is investigating the death of Johnny Singleton, 65, of Camden, who was in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 521 North near Rembert just inside Sumter County.

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


CHS student killed in one-vehicle crash

Camden High School (CHS) students and staff and others in the community are mourning the unexpected death of 16-year-old Lomar Clark, a CHS student who was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Friday, apparently while on his way to school.

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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


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


Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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