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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


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


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Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC to Palmetto Utilities: fix Crab Apple Lane

On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Humane Society breaks ground for new shelter

The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 25, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Cassatt man and a Camden woman in separate drug cases recently.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fort Jackson’s commanding general speaks to Rotary

The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Thieves make off with ATM from Lugoff credit union

Someone managed to steal an entire automatic teller machine (ATM) from a credit union branch in Lugoff despite a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy's rapid response to an alarm.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lawmakers meet the public at annual breakfast

Four members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation gathered with interested local government officials and residents Friday during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Palmetto Utilities request reappears on KCC agenda

Less than a year ago, in April 2014, Palmetto Utilities Inc., a Richland County-based company with a wastewater treatment facility along Spears Creek in Kershaw County, asked Kershaw County Council to officially support its application for a permit to discharge wastewater into the creek. Currently, Palmetto utilizes a sandpit treatment method.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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