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No changes for Kershaw County waterway ‘buffer zones’

Regulations on property "buffer zones" between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 11, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four men in two separate drug cases Feb. 2 and 3.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealer arrested for kidnapping woman

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Columbia man Thursday night for allegedly kidnapped a Camden woman who owed him money for crack cocaine.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KH, KCSF team up to give deputies free physicals

More than 50 Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies received free physicals Thursday as part of a new partnership between the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) and KershawHealth.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Anderson engages youth through computer business

Potter's Computer Systems, at 1662 Hwy. 1 South in Lugoff, has only been open since September, but owner Thomas Anderson said he has years of experience with computers, including owning a previous business in Columbia. Anderson doesn't just use his skills and knowledge to repair and upgrade computers, make cellphone repairs and handle other communication needs. He's also passing his knowledge down to younger people.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCC set to discuss EMS’ future

Funding for and the delivery of emergency management services (EMS) is back on the agenda for Tuesday night's Kershaw County Council meeting. Council originally planned to discuss the issue during its Jan. 27, but tabled the matter until Tuesday night.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The true meaning of bittersweet

Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. House elects Bill Funderburk to judgeship

The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lugoff vandalism under investigation

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a series of vandalisms in and around Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) early Thursday morning. Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said someone opened several fire hydrants on and around school property around 1 a.m..

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fitness Zone nears 15 years of operation in Lugoff

(The Chronicle-Independent celebrates Black History Month in February with a series of stories on area businesses owned and operated by African-Americans, starting with Fitness Zone in Lugoff and owner George Gibson.)

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


Crime Report - Feb. 4, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies dealt with two more car chases in recent days.

February 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


SCSO investigating Camden man’s death

What appeared to be a Camden man's death in Sumter County due to a car crash is now being investigated as a homicide. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is investigating the death of Johnny Singleton, 65, of Camden, who was in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 521 North near Rembert just inside Sumter County.

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


CHS student killed in one-vehicle crash

Camden High School (CHS) students and staff and others in the community are mourning the unexpected death of 16-year-old Lomar Clark, a CHS student who was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Friday, apparently while on his way to school.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council takes first step to amend fire hydrant code

Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lake Wateree Association marks 25th anniversary

In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 15, 2015

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Military Academy hosts Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes, family members and fans converged on the football field at Camden Military Academy (CMA) on Friday for the annual Kershaw County Special Olympics. The day began with a bus parade from the Kmart shopping center in Camden along DeKalb Street and ending at CMA east of Camden.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Chicken Strut could return to Bethune

Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council to consider zoning law changes

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO named Agency of the Year for fourth straight year

Honors and accolades continue to come in for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), as the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the KCSO its Agency of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award is given to the top law enforcement agencies in the state in divisions based on the size of the agency. The KCSO won in the category for agencies with 51 to 100 officers.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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