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Lexington man dies in Lugoff motorcycle crash

A Lexington man died Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Lugoff. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Steven Wayne Brabham, 43, died from blunt force trauma to the head as a result of the crash. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) reported Brabham was not wearing a helmet.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Playground project launches fundraising campaign

A committee of citizens interested in building a new playground in western Kershaw County reports it has already reached 7 percent of its fundraising goal in less than two months. The citizens committee met Thursday evening at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters. Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter said the projected cost for construction is $300,000 and that $21,000 has been raised since the fundraising campaign began in June.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Camden man remembers tragic 1943 parachute jump

"It's in my mind and I'll never get it out. I stood there on the bank and watched them pull them out dead."

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


It’s a different world

As time goes by, I find myself more and more slipping into the role of the "grumpy old man." I guess that's a natural evolution for most of us as we age, but I now often find myself saying things like "back in my day" or "things were a lot different when I was a kid." Well, those statements are true; there's no denying it.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


LF-R responds to SUV that fell off I-20 overpass

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to U.S. 601 at I-20 in Lugoff for an overturned vehicle with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Monday. Battalion 1, Training 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10 responded to the scene to find a sports utility vehicle (SUV) overturned against a guard rail in the median.

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


Tip on marijuana plants leads to arrest for cocaine, weapons

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested a Camden man July 31, charging him with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man arrested after allegedly shooting trespasser

Deputies arrested a Greenville man Saturday after he reportedly shot one of three men he claimed were trespassing on Kershaw County land he leased for hunting.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff warns of teens sharing inappropriate photos online

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews is warning parents to be aware of their children's online activities, as photos of nude or semi-nude adolescents are being posted on the internet, then widely distributed. Matthews posted the following warning on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Facebook page on Monday, under a headline that read "VERY IMPORTANT PARENTS BEWARE!!!"

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man accused of beating son rearrested

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man Aug. 1 for possession of a stolen handgun just days after being freed on a $20,000 bond for a charge of second-degree assault and battery. Deputies first arrested the man on July 26 for allegedly attacking his 12-year-old son with his fists and a flashlight. Online court records show the man was freed on bond on July 28.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 6, 2014

Yet another vehicle reported stolen in another county ended up at an Elgin recycling business July 31.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden woman arrested for allegedly defrauding KCSD

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) says a woman with a special needs child defrauded the district out of approximately $151,000 during a three-year period. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) charged Malinda Wynette Johnson, 34, with "breach/obtain signature or property under false pretenses, value $10,000 or more," according to online court records.

August 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

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


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

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


Counterfeit money showing up in Kershaw County

Several businesses in Camden and Kershaw County have reported receiving counterfeit money during the past several weeks, but law enforcement officials say they don't believe the fake bills are being produced in Kershaw County. Instead, official believe the counterfeit bills are unknowingly being brought to the area by people who received them elsewhere.

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


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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


Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Piggly Wiggly in Camden to stay open, says manager

Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Nora E. Drew

Funeral service for Nora Ernestine Lollis Drew, 69, will be held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial and graveside to follow in Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Thompson will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethune Baptist Church or Malvern Hill Baptist Church.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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