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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


Lugoff Fire-Rescue saves woman and child from rising waters

Heavy rains Friday morning caused traffic problems in western Kershaw County. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews were dispatched around 6 a.m. Friday to Training Track Drive inside the Saddlebrook Subdivision off U.S. 1 in Lugoff for a vehicle partially submerged in water with passengers trapped inside.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Camden council will receive tourism updates Tuesday

The 4 p.m. Tuesday work session of Camden City Council will include a presentation by Judy Ferrell on KershawHelath's Celebration of Community, "What Matters Most."

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KershawHealth to present ad campaign to county council

The Kershaw Council meets Tuesday. KershawHealth will make a presentation on the hospital's latest advertising campaign.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Stephen S. Davis

Mr. Stephen Sirkawan Davis, 19, of Bronx, New York, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Friends may visit at 3117 Youngs Bridge Road in Bethune. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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‘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


Bethune ‘blighted property’ owners may face fines

Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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