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New, returning KCC members to be sworn in Tuesday

Two new members of Kershaw County Council will be sworn into office in a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two others who have retained their council seats.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two L-EHS students arrested for narcotics

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) students Wednesday on drug possession charges at the school.

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


Branham sworn in as Kershaw County probate judge

Kershaw County officially has its new probate judge with the swearing in Tuesday of Debbie Branham, who won the position in the November 2014 general election. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick "Rick" Todd administered the oath of office at the Kershaw County Courthouse as Branham's husband, Donald, held the Bible and her son, daughter and son-in-law stood nearby.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lack of hydrants delays LF-R efforts at house fire

A lack of fire hydrants delayed Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews getting more water to battle a two-story house fire on Lander Lane in Lugoff's Hunter Crossing subdivision shortly after midnight Wednesday. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said it is not uncommon for hydrants in rural subdivisions to be placed more than 1,000 feet apart, making it tough for firefighters to do their jobs.

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


Phillips: A lose-lose situation

Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Jan. 7, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) reported a relatively quiet week, with several reports of minor incidents.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


David West takes office as county coroner

There's a new leader in the Kershaw County Coroner's Office, with Tuesday evening's swearing in ceremony for Coroner David West. West is no newcomer to the office, as he served as deputy coroner for several years under coroners Tommy Horton and recently retired Johnny Fellers. West ran unopposed for the job in 2014 after Fellers announced his intention to retire.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visits Jackson Teen Center

United States Sen. Tim Scott paid a special visit to the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) in Camden on Dec. 30, to see firsthand the difference the facility is making for the youth of the community. Operated in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, JTC offers after-school activity and tutoring programs for youths who might otherwise be out on their own and more prone to mischief and trouble.

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Victim forced from car during theft in Lugoff

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating a carjacking incident that reportedly occurred Thursday evening. A KCSO report said a juvenile told deputies her mother stopped to use an automated teller machine (ATM) along U.S. 1 in Lugoff and while she was out of the car a light-skiined African American male got into the car and forced the girl out of the car before driving away eastbound on U.S. 1 toward Camden. The driver of the car using the ATM said she heard her daughter yelling, saw the car drive away and called 911 on her cell ...

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | News


Phillips: My new adventure

I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.

January 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Dec. 31, 2014

An employee of a downtown Camden restaurant called police Tuesday, Dec. 23 after receiving a phone call she suspected was an attempted scam. A Camden Police Department (CPD) report said a man called the business and said he was the general manager for a local electric cooperative and the restaurant had a past due bill of $1,400 that had to be paid immediately or the electric service would be cut off. The woman told officers the man told her to go to a local drug store and purchase a "green dot money pack" to use to make payment and ...

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Truck thief arrested

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested 33-year-old William Rawlinson Taylor, from Hopkins, Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and enclosed trailer and led deputies on a high-speed chase.

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


2014: A look back - Part 1 of 3

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the past 12 months with many of the major news stories of the year. In today's issue we focus on January through April, Wednesday's edition will have highlights from May through August and we'll finish up this retrospective this Friday with stories from September through December.

December 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: It’s been a mighty good year

As a new year comes along, it's a time when most of us naturally reflect back on the previous 12 months and think about our accomplishments, our failures and other things that fall somewhere in between. For me, the end of the year has a very special meaning, since my first day on the staff of the Chronicle-Independent was Dec. 30, 2013. Happy anniversary to me. Yes, indeed, it is.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Long-time car salesman retiring from Lugoff Ford

After 51 years working in Lugoff, Richard Leadingham is retiring. He is well known in the community, as he has been a car salesman for 21 years at the Toyota Store and Lugoff Ford since retiring from DuPont after a 30-year career there. He said the biggest change he's seen in the auto business has been the use of technology.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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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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