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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


Leading the way

It takes a great many people to make the Carolina Cup the success it is every year. But one group that may go unnoticed at the event is the crew of "outriders," volunteers who serve many roles during the annual event.

March 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Judge’s portrait hung at courthouse

Judge Mendel L. Smith (1870-1934), the 5th Judicial Circuit's second judge, is now immortalized with a portrait placed in the main courtroom on the third floor at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Smith was also a Camden attorney, a Kershaw County legislator and speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He also made several unsuccessful runs for South Carolina governor.

March 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Let’s fill up ‘The Cup’

What I am told is the biggest annual event in Kershaw County is tomorrow, and I get to experience it for the first time. The 82nd Carolina Cup is here, and as the newest member of the Chronicle-Independent staff, I get the honor of attending and documenting the event.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Connell running for KCC chair

Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for Kershaw County Council Chairman. Kershaw County native Ben Connell made the announcement earlier this week.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Airport business wants new hangar

One of Woodward Field's two aircraft businesses wants to build a new hangar to replace one dating back to 1941. Frank Shumpert, head of Aircraft Maintenance Services (AMS), spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday. Shumpert said his company has been at Woodward Field, also known as Kershaw County Airport, for 15 years.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R Explorers, Junior Firefighters excel

Fire departments and technology centers from all over South Carolina sent firefighting Explorers and Junior Firefighters to compete in a competition at the S.C. Fire Academy in Columbia on March 8. The academy asked crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) to coordinate the event after a successful similar event at the S.C. Firefighter's Association Conference in June 2013. One hundred forty-eight individual Explorers and Junior Firefighters and 24 teams competed at this first-annual event during the annual Southeastern Fire School.

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


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Bond denied again for man accused of shooting into occupied home

A Camden man will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center after being denied bond for a July 14 incident in which he is alleged to have fired several shots into an ex-girlfriend's home and forced his way inside. Harley Joe Moore, 33, faces a list of charges for that event and another that occurred a month earlier on June 13.

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


Law enforcement, experts: illegal drugs linked to many other crimes

There are those who claim illegal drug activity is a "victimless crime" that hurts no one other than perhaps the drug user. Law enforcement and medical authorities disagree. Drug addiction and the drug trade are often linked to other crimes that do affect victims.

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


Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC passes tower amendment on first reading

Kershaw County Council took the first step towards amending a county ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously passed first reading of the amendment, which was discussed at council's Aug. 12 meeting.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery

A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.

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


Three arrested for making meth at motel

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.

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


Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Medal of Honor winners honored with I-20 bridge naming

Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Battle of Camden remembered on 234th anniversary

The clash between British and American armies on Aug. 16, 1780, was one of the largest and bloodiest field battles of the American Revolution. The battle, which pitted forces led by Major Gen. Horatio Gates against those of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, started badly and ended worse--with an estimated loss of Patriot lives between 500 and 800, many of whom lie in shallow unmarked graves at the Battle site nine miles North of Camden, South Carolina.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


KC Sheriff’s Foundation seeks nominees for annual award

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2014 nominations for the "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award." The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


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