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Bethune welcomes new town council member

Bethune Town Council is officially back up to a full roster of five with Thursday's swearing in of Cynthia Hunter, who was voted into office in a special election Jan. 27. Hunter will serve the remainder of the term left by the resignation of Joe Casey, which runs through the end of this year.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Herman Willie Taylor

A memorial service for Herman Willie Taylor, 74, of Kershaw, was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Todd Gandy officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Clarence Edward 'Ed" Laffin Jr.

Clarence Edward "Ed" Laffin Jr., of Lugoff, husband of Diane Cone Laffin, entered into rest Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Malcoln Everett Kilcrease

A graveside service to honor the life of Malcolm Everett Kilcrease, 87, of Lugoff, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Reverend Ron Bower will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Kilcrease's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


David Allen Hunter

A service to celebrate the life of David Allen Hunter, 73, of Camden will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden. The Rev. Mary D'Alessio will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton

Mrs. Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton, 81, of 607 Conway Circle, Camden, passed Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Maria Joyner Bradsher

Mrs. Maria Joyner Bradsher, 104, of Camden passed on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Unity United Methodist Church, Camden, with burial at Unity United Methodist Church Cemetery, Camden.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Phillips: Why, Brian, why?

I often write here about the news of the day, whether it is on a local level, statewide or beyond. There certainly is plenty of it, especially with so many news outlets on the internet and cable and satellite TV. Well, that may be a stretch sometimes, as many of the news outlets will report just about anything with little to no regard for the truth or whether a topic or event is indeed newsworthy.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC accepts KershawHealth EMS offer

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Kershaw County will become Kershaw County's responsibility July 1 following Kershaw County Council's 5-1 vote Tuesday to accept a $2.363 million payment from KershawHealth. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. voted against the proposal. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teens’ arrests for home burglary clears up car break-ins

The arrest of four Camden teens in connection with a Jan. 27 burglary led to the arrest of a fifth young man, clearing up a series of car break-ins.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


No changes for Kershaw County waterway ‘buffer zones’

Regulations on property "buffer zones" between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 11, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four men in two separate drug cases Feb. 2 and 3.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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Kershaw County fire chiefs urge fireworks safety

Saturday is July 4. It is celebrated in many ways, with cookouts, patriotic concerts and parades. But one fun thing about the holiday carrying the potential for danger is fireworks. Kershaw County fire chiefs want everyone to have fun this weekend, but to also use caution and common sense when dealing with fireworks.

July 03, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 1, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released details on the June 23 robbery at Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

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


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin officer arrested for criminal domestic violence

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin police officer Monday on a charge of second-degree criminal domestic violence.

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


Former deputy to serve 20 years for sexual assault

A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy will spend 20 years in prison for a series of sexual acts with a child less than 11 years old.

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


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


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