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County council starts budget process

Kershaw County Council took the first step toward working out the county's fiscal year 2014-2015 budget with a special workshop meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the meeting was to present a basic overview of the budget, and that council has more meetings planned to discuss more specific budget matters. The proposed budget does not call for a tax increase and Carpenter said only a few fees will go up.

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Election filing period now open

The filing period for those people wishing to run for countywide elected offices opened Monday and will run through Sunday, March 30. Kershaw County Director of Registration and Elections Rosalind Watson said her office will be open normal hours through March 28 and will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 and 30.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Crime Report - March 19, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man March 12 after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and held her against her will.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The missing Malaysian airliner

What do you think happened to the missing Malaysian airliner?

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


A championship memory

Most of our lives contain some memorable moments that last a lifetime. A group of former Camden High School (CHS) students had such a moment 50 years ago when the CHS marching band was named "The Greatest Band in Dixie" at the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Trumpeter Jerry Sheheen said being in the band in the early to mid-1960s was made special by band director and teacher Bill Basden.

March 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Bethune to deal with water line problems

A piece of pipe nearly clogged with corrosion briefly took center stage at Thursday's Bethune Town Council meeting. According to Bethune Mayor Charles McCoy and Councilman Don Witham, the piece of pipe was from a section replaced following a water leak along U.S. 1 three weeks earlier.

March 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Woman arrested in alleged knife attack

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin woman Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed another woman and cut a man in Lugoff. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested Brandie Renee Hughes, 29, of Sessions Road, after she reportedly attacked the man and woman at a Lugoff motel on U.S. 1 at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday.

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


It’s time to close, and lock, the ‘-gate’

The Watergate scandal. It all started with the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters inside the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and resulted more than two years later in the first resignation by a sitting U.S. President. I was 14 at the time of the break-in and I remember it well. It seemed like that was all that was on the national TV newscasts for that entire two years and beyond. If Hollywood is to be believed, the break-in was first noticed and reported by a simple man from Greenbow, Ala., named Forrest ...

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Prestage supporting future animal adoption center

Dr. Ron Prestage of Prestage Farms addressed Kershaw County Council on behalf of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter and Kershaw County Humane Society during council's meeting Tuesday. Prestage said he and his wife relocated from California to Camden 31 years ago because of the equine industry.

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 12, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are investigating a fraud/confidence game/breach of trust case that reportedly scammed a Camden woman out of more than $29,000. A CPD report said the victim told police she received a phone message from a man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service who said she risked being arrested if she did not contact him immediately.

March 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lifting the ban

The Kershaw County Council is discussing lifting the ban on alcohol sales on Sunday. What's your opinion?

March 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


County council to consider Sunday alcohol sales

The first reading of an ordinance that would be the first step toward allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Kershaw County is on Kershaw County Council agenda for Tuesday evening.

March 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Clowning around at the library

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is scheduled to roll into South Carolina at the end of March, but several local children got to see a small preview of the fun Wednesday at the Kershaw County Library. "Gigi" the clown appeared at the library and read the children a book about the circus, showed them how to juggle and spin a plate on a stick, and performed a magic trick.

March 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


SCLEN, American Legion honor KCSO deputies

The S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) recently honored Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt as its Officer of the Year in the 5th Judicial Circuit. SCLEN is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work in individual South Carolina judicial districts with the mission to reduce DUI fatalities and collisions resulting in great bodily injury. In this case, the award is presented by the SCLEN 5th Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. The award, presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony, is sponsored by Lexington Richland Association for Drug Abuse Control (LRADAC) in Richland County and the ...

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

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


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

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


Counterfeit money showing up in Kershaw County

Several businesses in Camden and Kershaw County have reported receiving counterfeit money during the past several weeks, but law enforcement officials say they don't believe the fake bills are being produced in Kershaw County. Instead, official believe the counterfeit bills are unknowingly being brought to the area by people who received them elsewhere.

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


Three rabies cases reported in Camden

Three Kershaw County residents are undergoing treatment for rabies after contracting the disease from the same stray cat. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) reported the cat exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 in Camden before being captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat as rabid on July 23.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Man arrested for attacking son

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

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


Crime Report - July 30, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

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


Time to take a trip

Have you ever taken a train trip? If not, where would you like to ride a train to?

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


California fugitive arrested in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators and Oceanside (Calif.) Police Department (OPD) investigators arrested a Camden woman who apparently moved to Camden on the run from the law in California.

July 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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