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County council drops firearms ordinance

Kershaw County Council dropped a proposed ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that would have regulated the use of firearms in the county. The matter was introduced and passed first reading at council's June 24 meeting. After hearing many complaints from residents opposing the ordinance, it was removed from Tuesday's meeting agenda which originally set it for second reading.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County voter registration director retires

After nearly nine years as a Kershaw County employee, Rosalind Watson, Kershaw County's director of voter registration is retiring today. Born in New York City, Watson said her parents were originally from Camden. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. After deciding teaching was not her true calling, she went to work for IBM as a systems engineer, trainer, engineering manager and software manager. In addition to working in Buffalo, her 25-year career with IBM took her to Philadelphia; Reading, Penn., Dallas; and Maryland.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The wheels of justice

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit in a Kershaw County courtroom and see our justice system at work. As a news reporter, I have covered many trials and other court hearings through the years. Some have been quite fascinating, some have been quite boring and most have been a combination of the two.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin man arrested for attacking wife

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin, on Wednesday after he allegedly cut, stabbed and beat his wife "viciously," according to a KCSO press release.

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


Baseball bat attacker pleads guilty, receives 11 years

A 21-year-old Lugoff man who admits he attacked a Camden man with a baseball bat last July will spend 11 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Ryan Freeland Trojan was originally charged with attempted murder in the attack, but accepted a deal to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

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


Sidewalk Survey - July 9, 2014

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Bethune hires police chief

The town of Bethune has hired a new police chief after being without one since the resignation of Officer Glenn Davis in April. Mayor Charles McCoy reported at that time that Davis had submitted a resignation letter Thursday, April 10 saying the following day would be his last as a town employee.

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Firearms ordinance temporarily shelved

An ordinance restricting the use of firearms in Kershaw County has been dropped from Tuesday's Kershaw County Council agenda.

July 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden Garden Club helps beautify downtown

The Camden Garden Club recently partnered with the city of Camden on a project to provide more colorful flowers in the downtown area. Catherine French, the club's past president, said the city provided the 16 containers for the plants and pledged to keep them watered, while the garden club furnished the plants, dirt and effort to install the plants along Broad Street.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


County forms corporation to manage $8.5 million bond

Kershaw County Council recently formed a public facilities corporation to oversee the spending of up to $8.5 million from bonds council approved in June. The money is designated for capital improvements, including renovations to the Kershaw County Detention Center, upgrades at Central Carolina Technical College and improvements for county recreation facilities.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The quest for independence

Sometimes, the most challenging thing about writing this weekly column is coming up with a topic, but that's not at all the case this week. My columns run on Friday and even if July 4 wasn't on Friday this year I would still have written my column about the holiday.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


The Fourth of July

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Fire chiefs urge caution with fireworks

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

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCSO Lt. graduates FBI academy

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Lt. Steve Knafelc graduated from the 255th Session of the FBI (FBI) National Academy on June 13. In a ceremony held at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., Knafelc graduated along with law enforcement officials from the District of Columbia, 17 countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R recognizes Lugoff resident

Members of Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) members and the Lugoff Fire District Board of Commissioners recognized Lugoff citizen Sidney Butler at the board's monthly meeting June 23. Chief Dennis Ray said Butler was recognized and presented a plaque for his service to the Lugoff community and the fire department by providing support and input for community and county growth projects.

June 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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44th annual Revolutionary War Field Days this weekend

Kershaw County residents and visitors will converge upon Historic Camden, 222 S. Broad St., Camden for what Executive Director Joanna Craig said is the biggest yearly event at the site. This weekend's event, Revolutionary War Field Days Saturday and Sunday, is the 44th gathering at Historic Camden.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Localife


Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. arrested in Clarendon County

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. turned himself in to the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Wednesday afternoon after learning an arrest warrant had been issued. CCSO deputies then booked Tucker at the Clarendon County Detention Center. A CCSO report listed the charge as "unlawful use or disposal of personal property subject to security interest." A judge later released Tucker on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to information taken from VINELink, a website used to track detainees across the country.

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


College president speaks to Kershaw County Council

The president of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Lancaster campus offered Kershaw County Council a look at what the school has to offer and improvements being made there. USC-Lancaster President Dr. Walt Collins addressed council during its meeting Tuesday.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Every vote matters

First off, let me wish one and all a happy, safe and fun Halloween. I hope it brings you all that you hope for. But, that's not my main topic this week.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

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


Officials urge safety for Halloween trick-or-treating

Halloween is upon us and for most people, young and old, it's a fun time to dress up in character and enjoy some candy and other treats. But law enforcement and other public safety officials urge everyone to follow some common-sense tips to keep the holiday safe.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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