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LF-R contains manufactured home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews contained a fire in a manufactured home early Wednesday on Dru Lane off S.C. 34 in Lugoff in the Pine Grove Fire District.

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


Bethune dedicates new picnic shelter funded by state grant

Bethune residents and visitors have a new picnic shelter to use and enjoy at Copeland Park, thanks in large part to an $8,500 Parks and Recreational Development (PARD) grant, a program which provides funds to build or improve parks and related facilities in South Carolina.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Using technology for good

In the past two weeks, I have written, respectively, about some of the wonderful things we have here in Kershaw County and how often those things get taken for granted. Two weeks back, my focus was on the artistic and cultural offerings we have, along with recreation facilities and programs for participants of nearly any age and the economic boost that gives us when players and teams from out of town converge on us for sports tournaments, equine events and much more.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


911 call center can now receive text messages

Kershaw County is leading South Carolina as the state's first county to have the ability for its 911 emergency call center to receive text messages. Officials demonstrated the new technology during a special presentation Tuesday afternoon in the county council chamber inside the Kershaw County Government Center.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council tables EMS issue

Kershaw County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the issue of who will provide the county with emergency medical services (EMS). KershawHealth currently provides the service, but with the pending lease of hospital real estate and purchase of its furniture, fixtures and equipment to Capella Healthcare, a private company in Franklin, Tenn., who will take responsibility for providing, and funding, EMS is undecided.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune elects Hunter to council

Bethune Town Council will soon be back up to full strength as voters elected Cynthia Hunter in a special election Tuesday to fill a seat vacated by Joe Casey, who resigned late last year.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


KCSO narcotics team makes 16 arrests in one week

It's been a busy week for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators, arresting 16 suspects in two separate cases within the past week.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 28, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 26-year-old Kershaw man Sunday on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

January 28, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


State gives $1.5 million to CCTC for expansion

The expansion of higher education opportunities in Kershaw County took a major step forward Monday as the state of South Carolina presented Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) in Camden a $1.5 million check to help with that facility's growth. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and Sen. Thomas McElveen attended the presentation ceremony at the CCTC campus near I-20.

January 28, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCC to hear text to 911 presentation

Kershaw County Council will hear a presentation Tuesday night by Kirk Stropes, the county's E911 deputy director, on a new system where people can text emergencies to 911. It is one of three presentations on council's agenda for the evening.

January 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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


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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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