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County council to ‘reconsider’ budget

After voting unanimously last week to pass the third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the Kershaw County Council has the budget on the agenda again for their meeting this Tuesday. The agenda is dominated by second readings of nine ordinances that would modify Zoning and Land Use Regulations, but the subject of the budget is the first agenda item listed.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


School district officials talk Phase 2 referendum with chamber board

Kershaw County School District leaders spoke at last Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to explain the need for the Facilities Equalization Plan Phase 2 Referendum that will be voted on in the November general election and, if passed, would provide up to $133 million to build new schools and renovate and repair others. Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said he took his Kershaw County job in 2007 and on his first visit he looked at several of the school facilities. He said he was impressed with how the district used the funds from Phase 1 to ...

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Camden Council to recognize band conductor Pat Wylie

Camden City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is no work session meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. City Manager Mel Pearson was out of town at a conference as this story was being written, but Mayor Tony Scully said the work sessions are sometimes cancelled if there is not enough business to justify a meeting.The 6:30 meeting includes a special recognition for Pat Wylie, former Camden Middle School Band director and conductor for the Camden Community Concert Band for 34 years.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Runoff elections set for Tuesday

Voters will be headed back to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections to choose which candidates will represent their respective political parties in the general election in November. Runoffs became necessary in races with more than two candidates. If no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two candidates.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Find a new furry friend

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Nas, a 2-year-old male King Corso and Sparkes, a 3-year-old female cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call ...

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Kershaw county council approves annual budget

Kershaw County property owners will see a higher amount on their next tax bill, as the county council gave final approval to the annual budget that goes into effect July 1. Council met Tuesday in a meeting postponed from the previous week due to the primary election.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Beating the heat

How do you deal with summer heat?

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Horses accused of vandalizing swimming pool

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to Shadow Mist Lane in Elgin on Saturday after a resident said horses had damaged her swimming pool. The KCSO report said the woman first called authorities around 1:40 a.m. and said her neighbor's horses were in her yard. She called again around 10:30 a.m. and said she and her daughter had gone outside to use the pool and found it was collapsed and the water had run out onto the ground. She said she believed the horsed did the damage, at a cost of $300. The ...

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Fire Department Explorers excel at state competition

Explorer Post 911 is a group of 14 to 18-year olds with an interest in firefighting. Six members of the group went to the annual Explorer competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Thursday, June 12. Advisor Abram Johnson of the Camden Fire Department (CFD) said the team made him proud as individuals and as a team.

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Thomley sues Matthews for $2 million

David Thomley lost his bid to be Kershaw County Sheriff in Tuesday's Republican primary and two days later filed a $2 million lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley is a former captain with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and the suit alleges Matthews made disparaging comments about Thomley's investigation of a reported case of "fighting and bullying" involving several students at Camden Military Academy (CMA).

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune residents urged to fight school referendum

Bethune residents upset about the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recent vote to consolidate three elementary schools, including Bethune Elementary School (BES), into one larger school discussed the matter at the Bethune Town Council meeting Thursday. The consolidation plan involves BES, Mt. Pisgah and Baron DeKalb Elementary Schools, which would be combined into a single, new school to be built near North Central High School and North Central Middle School.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council set to finalize budget

A public hearing and a third and final vote on the Kershaw County budget for fiscal year 2015 is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the county council. The meeting normally would have been June 10, but was postponed a week by the primary election.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


He had a heart of gold

Happy Father's Day! A few weeks ago I wrote the story of my mother here, just in time for Mother's Day. Now, let me share a few words about my father.

June 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary election

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, election officials reported that voter turnout for primary voting had already surpassed the 2012 primary. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said there was a light turnout overall, but that some precincts had reported more than expected voters.

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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Bond denied again for man accused of shooting into occupied home

A Camden man will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center after being denied bond for a July 14 incident in which he is alleged to have fired several shots into an ex-girlfriend's home and forced his way inside. Harley Joe Moore, 33, faces a list of charges for that event and another that occurred a month earlier on June 13.

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


Law enforcement, experts: illegal drugs linked to many other crimes

There are those who claim illegal drug activity is a "victimless crime" that hurts no one other than perhaps the drug user. Law enforcement and medical authorities disagree. Drug addiction and the drug trade are often linked to other crimes that do affect victims.

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


Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC passes tower amendment on first reading

Kershaw County Council took the first step towards amending a county ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously passed first reading of the amendment, which was discussed at council's Aug. 12 meeting.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery

A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested for making meth at motel

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Medal of Honor winners honored with I-20 bridge naming

Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Battle of Camden remembered on 234th anniversary

The clash between British and American armies on Aug. 16, 1780, was one of the largest and bloodiest field battles of the American Revolution. The battle, which pitted forces led by Major Gen. Horatio Gates against those of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, started badly and ended worse--with an estimated loss of Patriot lives between 500 and 800, many of whom lie in shallow unmarked graves at the Battle site nine miles North of Camden, South Carolina.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


KC Sheriff’s Foundation seeks nominees for annual award

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2014 nominations for the "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award." The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


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