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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


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


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Phillips: Protesters versus those who riot

I like to write my weekly column on humorous topics when possible. During my months here, I've managed to sprinkle in some stories of goofy things that have happened in my life and there are more I would love to convey to you. I'm probably not as funny as I sometimes think I am, but those are still the kinds of musings I prefer.

May 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sex offender facing multiple charges

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested an Elgin man April 20 on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated, unlawful conduct toward a child and obstructing justice.

May 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council honors Bobby Jones

Kershaw County Council recognized and honored Bobby T. Jones, life-long Kershaw County resident, educator and public servant at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously approved and presented a proclamation to Jones.

May 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 29, 2015

An Elgin wastewater treatment plant reported the theft of a truck, trailer, an all-terrain vehicle and office equipment April 21.

April 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Overturned truck shuts down 601 Tuesday morning

A tractor-trailer blocked all four lanes of traffic on U.S. 601 in Lugoff at the I-20 interchange when it overturned, spilling its load of logs just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

April 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council to honor Bobby T. Jones

Kershaw County Council will honor KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Bobby T. Jones for his long history of public service during council's meeting Tuesday.

April 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R battles home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to a house fire on Pine Grove Road in Lugoff around noon April 21. A press release said a neighbor heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the home next door.

April 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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