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No same-sex marriage licenses being issued in Kershaw Co.

Kershaw County Probate Judge Harriett Pierce said it currently is illegal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in South Carolina and, therefore, she is bound to follow the law. Marriage licenses are obtained from each county's probate judge.

October 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R hosts Fire Prevention Expo

Hundreds of Kershaw County residents and visitors converged on the parking area at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Saturday for the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Fire Prevention Expo. The LF-R presented and hosted the event, but several other agencies participated, including the Doby's Mill, Blaney and Pine Grove fire departments; the South Carolina Forestry Commission; LifeNet Medical Helicopter; Kershaw Health EMS; LifeLine Ambulance; Camden Fire Department Safety House; Lugoff CERT Team; and the PAL 800 Radio System.

October 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 8, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to two separate shooting incidents Sunday in Elgin

October 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Firearms discharge committee identifies ‘problem area’

The Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee reported making progress by virtue of identifying a particular problem area in one of the unincorporated areas of the county. Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. formed the committee in July after council dropped a proposed ordinance to regulate firearms. The committee's goal is to write a new draft ordinance that would honor the rights of gun owners while protecting public safety. Tucker said he hoped the committee would draft such an ordinance by Nov. 15.

October 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


My trip to Mayberry

If you read my column very often, you surely know what a fan I am of "The Andy Griffith Show." My 33-year-old son, Bill, who lives in Sanford, N.C., also knows it well. After all, he grew up with it, even though it went off the air 12 years before he was born. Thank God for the video cassette recorder, then the digital video disc player and the TV Land cable channel.

October 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Chamber of Commerce holding ‘Educated Voter Forums’

With the Nov. 4 election barely a month away, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of three Educated Voter Forums this month, with different forums focusing on particular political races in Kershaw County.

October 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Two arrested in Cassatt drug raid

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Sept. 24 -- one from Camden and the other from Cassatt -- on drug charges when the KCSO's narcotics and special response teams served a search warrant at a Cassatt home.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Columbia man, 51, charged with having sex with girl, 15

A 51-year-old Columbia man is out on bail after turning himself in to Kershaw County authorities Monday on charges he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Lugoff. A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) press release said deputies charged Anthony Alan Corley with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 1, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a home invasion and armed robbery on Quail Circle in Lugoff on Sept. 22.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The future is bright

I really like Camden and Kershaw County. In the nine months I've lived and worked here I've met some wonderful friends, acquaintances, news sources and coworkers. Those who have lived here all their lives may not realize what a jewel they have here. I have lived and worked in several places over the years and I know the difference.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Man arrested for failure to stop for blue lights for third time

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Camden man Tuesday after he turned himself in to deputies. Anthony Lorenzo Jackson, 24, faces charges of failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen pistol, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KershawHealth presents new ads to county council

KershawHealth unveiled its new "What Matters Most" ad campaign with Kershaw County Council at its Tuesday meeting.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Chamber board learns about playground project

The "Community Playground Project" continues raising funds to build a state-of-the-art playground in the West Wateree area and has received 10 percent of the money needed for the project. That was the report given to the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its Sept. 18 meeting. Playground Steering Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter gave the presentation.

September 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Solicitor visits Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee meeting

Discussion was passionate at Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee, with audience comments coming from both sides of the issue. The committee was formed after county council proposed an ordinance restricting the use of firearms in unincorporated areas, but it was dropped after passing first reading. County ordinances require three separate approval votes to become law. The ordinance was abandoned after outcry from gun enthusiasts who said it was too restrictive and violated their rights.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County Recreation Director addresses Rotary

Kershaw County Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Eason spoke to the Rotary Club at their mid-day meeting Thursday and said the future looks good for recreational opportunities in the county. Lauren Branham Reeder introduced Eason with a quick summary of his education and experience.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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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


CPD celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized three city crossing guards for their dedication and service during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, which ended Friday. The CPD, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center honored William Lucas and John T. Arledge for their service at Camden Elementary School (CES) and Carson Gordon for keeping students safe at Camden Middle School (CMS).

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire chiefs promote extra safety during cold months

With the first touch of winter weather upon Kershaw County, local firefighting officials are cautioning everyone to use a few safety tips to keep their homes and businesses safe when using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Nov. 26, 2014

A Camden businessman is accusing an employee of stealing more than $4,500 from the business.

November 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber of Commerce president resigns

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council has questions on Nov. 4 election

Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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