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The bigger they are…

I have been watching with great interest this week the news reports on the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. As many of you know, I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County in late December and when I first went to work there in early 2011, Parker was the sheriff. So, I knew Parker well through my work.

April 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - April 9, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is continuing its investigation of Saturday's early morning armed robbery at the Markette in Lugoff. New information from the KCSO's incident report of the robbery now indicates that the robber forced the female employee opening the store to open a safe.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, LF-R visit Beau Tie Club

A group of Doby's Mill Elementary School (DMES) students learned about how things work at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) at a special event Friday. DMES Assistant Principal Michael Manning sponsors "The Beau Tie Club," a group of boys recommended by teachers to be mentored by men of the community. They earn bow ties as rewards for good behavior and good decision making, Manning said.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Judge weighing bond in Black River Road killing

A circuit court judge is in the process of deciding what bond to set, if any, for a Sumter County man accused of killing a Camden man during a March 22 incident on Black River Road. Robert Wendell Simon, 22, of Dalzell is accused of shooting Antwan Dixon, 25, of Black River Road. Simon turned himself in to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) on April 1 where he was served with an arrest warrant for murder.

April 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Community mourns death of Dr. Peter McKoy

Camden is mourning the passing Wednesday of Dr. Peter McKoy, long-time veterinarian and community leader. Born in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 9, 1943, McKoy graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter, Clemson University and the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

April 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KCC meets Tuesday

Kershaw County voters will be given the choice of whether or not to be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays if Kershaw County Council passes third reading of an ordinance that would place the question on the ballot in November's general election. Businesses in Camden and Elgin are already permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays. The ordinance is on the agenda for council's Tuesday meeting.

April 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Four departments fight sawmill fire

Four Kershaw County fire departments battled a blaze at a Cassatt lumber company Tuesday night. Kershaw County Fire Marshall Gene Faulkenberry said the call came in around 8:30 p.m. on the fire at Canfor Southern Pine -- commonly known by its former name as New South -- on Sanders Creek Road.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Hartis, county settle lawsuit

Former Kershaw County Magistrate Gene Hartis, a candidate for Kershaw County Council Chair, has settled a lawsuit against the county for considerably less than asked for. Hartis originally asked for $4 million plus legal fees in his original suit aimed at Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. A court document obtained by the Chronicle-Independent through the S.C. Freedom of Information Act says Hartis accepted a settlement of just $20,000 on Jan. 16.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Bring on the spring

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … fishing! With apologies to poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, at this point in my life I think I'd rather feel a tug on my fishing line than on my heart strings. Cynical? No doubt, but at least I'm honest.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County department heads talk budget with council

Kershaw County Council continued the process of preparing its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 with a special workshop Tuesday. Several county department heads spoke to council, outlining their financial needs and wants. County Administrator Vic Carpenter opened the meeting saying he and his staff had already seen the department head's proposals.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Spring Break plans

Spring break is coming up. Do you have any special plans?

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Cup ‘went well’ from security standpoint

The Camden Police Department (CPD) made several arrests and issued citations, but Chief Joe Floyd said the incidents comprised a relatively low number of the size of the crowd at Saturday's Carolina Cup.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - April 2, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reported several minor cases over the past week. They investigated 15 thefts, made six arrests for driving under the influence, answered four burglary calls, made four arrests for public disorderly conduct, investigated three assaults, arrested three motorists for driving under suspension, made two arrests for possession of marijuana, received reports of two vandalisms, two incidents of harassment and two cases of malicious injury to property and one report each of stalking and criminal domestic violence.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Twenty-six file for county offices

Twenty-six political hopefuls have filed to run for public office in Kershaw County. The filing period ended Sunday.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Arrest made in Dixon killing

A man Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators said they wanted to talk to about a March 22 shooting death on Black River Road is now charged with murder.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Mother, children nearly walk in on burglar

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a county man Monday on a charge of second-degree burglary after he allegedly made his way inside a Kershaw area home and hid when a woman and her two children arrived after school.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Murder trial starts Monday

Almost exactly a year after a Bethune senior citizen lost his life over his moped, his accused killer is set to go to trial. Willie Thomas Starnes, 33, of Magnum Road Bethune, is charged with the Aug. 24, 2013, death of Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Firearms Discharge Committee discusses issues

The newly-formed Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Committee met Monday and took the first steps toward crafting a compromise ordinance that could satisfy gun enthusiasts as well as property owners with concerns about firearms being used in their neighborhoods.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


I-20 bridge to be named for Medal of Honor winners

Three Kershaw County residents who received the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism in battle will be honored again this week.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Aug. 20, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a call of shots fired near a Camden apartment complex on Aug. 14.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R, others remember Chief Steve McIntyre

Kershaw County residents, especially those in the fire service, are mourning the loss of retired Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Steve McIntyre, 60, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. Current LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said McIntyre had encountered continuing medical issues over the past few years.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune police chief gets pay raise

Newly-hired Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb received some good news at Bethune Town Council's meeting Thursday. After a brief executive session discussion near the end of the meeting, council unanimously voted to give Cobb a $500 a year pay raise and provide him with a cell phone paid for by the town. The raise brings the part-time chief's annual pay to $16,000.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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