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LF-R hosts Fire Prevention Expo

Hundreds of Kershaw County residents and visitors converged on the parking area at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Saturday for the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Fire Prevention Expo. The LF-R presented and hosted the event, but several other agencies participated, including the Doby's Mill, Blaney and Pine Grove fire departments; the South Carolina Forestry Commission; LifeNet Medical Helicopter; Kershaw Health EMS; LifeLine Ambulance; Camden Fire Department Safety House; Lugoff CERT Team; and the PAL 800 Radio System.

October 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 8, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to two separate shooting incidents Sunday in Elgin

October 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Firearms discharge committee identifies ‘problem area’

The Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee reported making progress by virtue of identifying a particular problem area in one of the unincorporated areas of the county. Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. formed the committee in July after council dropped a proposed ordinance to regulate firearms. The committee's goal is to write a new draft ordinance that would honor the rights of gun owners while protecting public safety. Tucker said he hoped the committee would draft such an ordinance by Nov. 15.

October 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


My trip to Mayberry

If you read my column very often, you surely know what a fan I am of "The Andy Griffith Show." My 33-year-old son, Bill, who lives in Sanford, N.C., also knows it well. After all, he grew up with it, even though it went off the air 12 years before he was born. Thank God for the video cassette recorder, then the digital video disc player and the TV Land cable channel.

October 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Chamber of Commerce holding ‘Educated Voter Forums’

With the Nov. 4 election barely a month away, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of three Educated Voter Forums this month, with different forums focusing on particular political races in Kershaw County.

October 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Two arrested in Cassatt drug raid

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Sept. 24 -- one from Camden and the other from Cassatt -- on drug charges when the KCSO's narcotics and special response teams served a search warrant at a Cassatt home.

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


Columbia man, 51, charged with having sex with girl, 15

A 51-year-old Columbia man is out on bail after turning himself in to Kershaw County authorities Monday on charges he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Lugoff. A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) press release said deputies charged Anthony Alan Corley with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

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


Crime Report - Oct. 1, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a home invasion and armed robbery on Quail Circle in Lugoff on Sept. 22.

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


The future is bright

I really like Camden and Kershaw County. In the nine months I've lived and worked here I've met some wonderful friends, acquaintances, news sources and coworkers. Those who have lived here all their lives may not realize what a jewel they have here. I have lived and worked in several places over the years and I know the difference.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Man arrested for failure to stop for blue lights for third time

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Camden man Tuesday after he turned himself in to deputies. Anthony Lorenzo Jackson, 24, faces charges of failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen pistol, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KershawHealth presents new ads to county council

KershawHealth unveiled its new "What Matters Most" ad campaign with Kershaw County Council at its Tuesday meeting.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Chamber board learns about playground project

The "Community Playground Project" continues raising funds to build a state-of-the-art playground in the West Wateree area and has received 10 percent of the money needed for the project. That was the report given to the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its Sept. 18 meeting. Playground Steering Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter gave the presentation.

September 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Solicitor visits Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee meeting

Discussion was passionate at Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee, with audience comments coming from both sides of the issue. The committee was formed after county council proposed an ordinance restricting the use of firearms in unincorporated areas, but it was dropped after passing first reading. County ordinances require three separate approval votes to become law. The ordinance was abandoned after outcry from gun enthusiasts who said it was too restrictive and violated their rights.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County Recreation Director addresses Rotary

Kershaw County Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Eason spoke to the Rotary Club at their mid-day meeting Thursday and said the future looks good for recreational opportunities in the county. Lauren Branham Reeder introduced Eason with a quick summary of his education and experience.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lugoff Fire-Rescue saves woman and child from rising waters

Heavy rains Friday morning caused traffic problems in western Kershaw County. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews were dispatched around 6 a.m. Friday to Training Track Drive inside the Saddlebrook Subdivision off U.S. 1 in Lugoff for a vehicle partially submerged in water with passengers trapped inside.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


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Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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