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Phillips: Watch out for the Grinch

The holiday season is traditionally a time for joy and celebration. It's a time when we may be able to see family members and friends who we seldom get to see because of distance or available time. For many of us, it's the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, there are options in the form of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday celebration you may choose.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


This puppy and kitten need homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Shelly, a 4-month-old male boxer/lab mix. He has litter mates also available for adoption. Also up for adoption is Squeaky, a 8-month-old female domestic shorthaired tabby kitten. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the ...

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Stover SRO helping raise funds for children orphaned by Ebola

The Ebola outbreak has affected few Americans so far, but the crisis is epic in western Africa, where thousands have already died from the virus. One Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy is doing what he can to help.

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


County council says goodbye to Smoak, Wise

Kershaw County Council bade farewell to a councilman and its chairman at its last regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Council normally would have a second meeting this month, but cancelled it due to the Dec. 23 date falling so close to Christmas.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Dec. 10, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Blackstock man with a long criminal history following a high speed chase in Lugoff early Friday.

December 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Charge dropped against Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr.

The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CSSO) and 3rd District Solicitor's Office have dropped a charge against Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. in connection with his arrest for allegedly unlawfully selling a truck and trailer. Tucker's attorney, Reggie Lloyd, said a charge of "unlawful disposal of personal property subject to security interest" has been dropped.

December 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County to offer economic expansion incentives

Kershaw County Council will consider Tuesday providing financial incentives to Hengst Inc. to continue with an $8.5 million expansion expected to create 20 new jobs. The proposal is on council's agenda Tuesday night, council's only meeting for the month.

December 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Another place and time

The inspiration and subject for this weekly column comes from a variety of sources. Some come easily while others are not quite so obvious. Writing about a holiday or something that's in the news doesn't require a lot of pondering, while other subjects don't present themselves quite as readily.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Utility van donated to animal shelter

The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden recently received a major donation. George Sensor donated a van to the shelter to transport animals to veterinary facilities, foster homes and to other shelter facilities and rescue groups where the animals may be adopted.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw, Fairfield counties to FEMA: lower flood elevations

Property owners with land around Lake Wateree may be receiving good news, thanks to a recent study commissioned by Kershaw and Fairfield counties finding the base flood elevation for the lake is higher than needed. The lake lies in both counties.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Playground fund growing quickly

Organizers behind the effort to build a new state-of-the-art playground at the Kershaw County West Complex between Lugoff and Elgin said they are pleased and appreciative of the support which is reportedly well ahead of schedule.

December 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: When duty calls

Last week, I wrote about some of the many cultural and recreational opportunities we have here in Camden and Kershaw County. It's impressive we have so many offerings and they are thanks to the vision, effort and hard work of those involved, be it the Fine Arts Center, the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department, the equine industry and so many more.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter celebrates 16 years

The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, at 460 Fair St. in Camden will have been in operation for 16 years as of Feb. 1 and they are celebrating the occasion the entire week with special offers for pet lovers. Feb. 1 is a Sunday and the facility is closed Sunday and Monday each week, so the festivities are slated to begin Tuesday, Feb. 3 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 7.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

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


Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

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


Multiple fire departments protect RV park from fire

Dozens of firefighters responded to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road around 2 p.m. Monday in an effort to keep the fire from spreading into an RV park near I-20. Crews from Doby's Mill and Blaney fire departments, as well as other firefighters from the Kershaw County Fire Service and Columbia-Richland fire departments, joined Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) units in battling the blaze. LF-R crews arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods thanks to high gusts of wind. LF-R's incident commander requested the additional crews ...

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


Bethune approves water system study during special meeting

Bethune Town Council took the first step Monday toward repairing and upgrading the town's aging water system when it approved spending $5,000 on an engineering study. The study is expected to find what condition the system is in and determine the estimated cost of the upgrade. Council voted on the matter during a special meeting called at 10 a.m. at Bethune Town Hall. Council hopes to secure grant money to help fund the massive project.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Keeping ‘the dream’ alive

People packed into Camden's Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Monday evening for the community's annual remembrance of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP's Camden-Kershaw County branch sponsored the event, presided over by 1st Vice President Rev. Kenneth Carter.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Carrie Mae McDaniel

Mrs. Carrie Mae McDaniel, 80, of Greenville, and formerly of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 12, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lois Thomas Bradford. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing services will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at One p.m., at Mount Calvary Holiness Church, Rembert, with burial in Saint James Holiness Church Cemetery, Camden. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the McDaniel Family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Frank Brunson Tidwell

Ivanhoe, Va. - Frank Brunson Tidwell, Jr., 56, of Ivanhoe, Va. and formerly of Camden passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United In Christ Holiness Church, Ivanhoe, Va. Arrangements by Reese Funeral Home, Austinville, Va.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Magnolia Belton

Mrs. Magnolia Belton, 91, of 314 King St., Camden, died Saturday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Belton family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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