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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


KCSO investigates Lugoff arson cases

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) have joined forces to investigate two suspicious fires in Lugoff that have been determined to be arsons. The KCSO sought a "person of interest" thought to have information about the two fires. Thursday afternoon, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said that person had contacted law enforcement. Matthews said an interview was scheduled for 2:30 p.m.Thursday at the KCSO in Lugoff.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns elected Kershaw County Council chairman

Kershaw County will see two new county council members, a current councilman and a new probate judge take office in January following Tuesday's election.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Election officials report few problems in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Voter Registration Director John Caughman reported moderate voter turnout for Tuesday's general election, as of early afternoon. Caughman said 2,983 absentee ballots had been cast by 5 p.m. Monday, but a few more were expected to arrive by mail or hand delivered Tuesday.

November 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


44th annual Revolutionary War Field Days this weekend

Kershaw County residents and visitors will converge upon Historic Camden, 222 S. Broad St., Camden for what Executive Director Joanna Craig said is the biggest yearly event at the site. This weekend's event, Revolutionary War Field Days Saturday and Sunday, is the 44th gathering at Historic Camden.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Localife


Every vote matters

First off, let me wish one and all a happy, safe and fun Halloween. I hope it brings you all that you hope for. But, that's not my main topic this week.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. arrested in Clarendon County

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. turned himself in to the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Wednesday afternoon after learning an arrest warrant had been issued. CCSO deputies then booked Tucker at the Clarendon County Detention Center. A CCSO report listed the charge as "unlawful use or disposal of personal property subject to security interest." A judge later released Tucker on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to information taken from VINELink, a website used to track detainees across the country.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


College president speaks to Kershaw County Council

The president of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Lancaster campus offered Kershaw County Council a look at what the school has to offer and improvements being made there. USC-Lancaster President Dr. Walt Collins addressed council during its meeting Tuesday.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Officials urge safety for Halloween trick-or-treating

Halloween is upon us and for most people, young and old, it's a fun time to dress up in character and enjoy some candy and other treats. But law enforcement and other public safety officials urge everyone to follow some common-sense tips to keep the holiday safe.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Haynes not eligible for Kershaw County Council District 5 seat

Bill Haynes is not eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Kershaw County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilman Jimmy Jones. Jones was unopposed until Haynes started asking for write-in votes.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


CAST holds final meeting as grant expires

Members of CAST -- Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow -- met for the last time Wednesday at the ALPHA Center as a grant used to fund the program across the state ended in September.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Korean War veterans honored by Legion

The Korean War is sometimes called "the forgotten war," but James LeRoy Belk Post No. 17 of the American Legion in Camden held a special recognition for veterans of that conflict Oct. 18. Post Commander Clay Carruth asked all Korean War veterans in attendance to stand and be recognized before offering some remarks.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: A Merry Christmas to all

I am a big believer in everyone's right to think and feel however they choose to. It's really what makes us all American and, to make it even broader, it's what makes us all human. If I don't happen to agree with your point of view, I still respect your right to have that point of view.

December 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Camden hosts statewide recreation conference

For the first time, Camden recently hosted the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association's annual board retreat, Dec. 4 and 5. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Director Joe Eason said the retreat is usually held in Charleston, but the association chose Camden because of its central location and hospitality.

December 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County helping to pay for Bethune water tower repairs

Bethune's work to repair and refurbish the town's aging water tower took a big step toward being completed Thursday when Kershaw County Councilman Tom Gardner presented Bethune Town Council a $33,000 check from the county.

December 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCC approves negotiations for KershawHealth-Capella/MUSC deal

During a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council approved the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' decision to draft a letter of intent concerning a deal between the county's public healthcare system and a partnership comprised of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

December 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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


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