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Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune council continues discussion on school referendum

Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.

September 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

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


Kershaw County Council honors local author

Kershaw County author Madge Strickland spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday regarding her published book, "A Sandhills Revelation," that tells the history of the Blaney-Elgin area in western Kershaw County.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Retired general promotes Eighth Air Force Museum

The Kershaw County Golden Club welcomed a special guest to its meeting Sept. 4.

September 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Sept. 10, 2014

Two of three suspects questioned about a series of vehicle break-ins during the last week in downtown Camden admitted to Camden Police Department (CPD) officers that they were involved in the thefts.

September 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council considering demolition ordinance

The Kershaw County Council will consider first reading Tuesday of a proposed ordinance that would allow the county to close and demolish dwellings that are deemed unfit for human habitation.

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Truesdale is an IHEA Hunter Educator of the Year

A Kershaw County man has been recognized as one of two Hunter Educators of the Year by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), a nationwide organization that promotes hunter education and safety. Jack Truesdale's recognition was announced in the Summer 2014 issue of the IHEA-Journal. Truesdale is assistant fire chief for the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Department and teaches hunter education for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


Firearms committee continues studying gun issues

The Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee met Thursday to continue searching for a compromise solution to the issue of county residents shooting guns in unincorporated areas of the county.

September 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The good ol’ tried and true

I really like entertainment, in most of its forms. I enjoy a variety of music. The style depends on the setting and circumstances and what else is going on at the time. I like television shows and I like movies. Most movies I watch any more are on TV, either on a network or satellite channel or on a DVD. The hassles and aggravations of going out to a movie theater are just usually not worth it for me.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Guilty plea nets drug dealer 10-year sentence

A circuit court judge sentenced a Camden man to 10 years in prison Aug. 27 after the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute (PWID) cocaine, third offense and possession of cocaine, third offense.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man and woman arrested on weapons charges

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Columbia man and Camden woman Aug. 30 on several weapons charges.

September 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: When duty calls

Last week, I wrote about some of the many cultural and recreational opportunities we have here in Camden and Kershaw County. It's impressive we have so many offerings and they are thanks to the vision, effort and hard work of those involved, be it the Fine Arts Center, the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department, the equine industry and so many more.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter celebrates 16 years

The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, at 460 Fair St. in Camden will have been in operation for 16 years as of Feb. 1 and they are celebrating the occasion the entire week with special offers for pet lovers. Feb. 1 is a Sunday and the facility is closed Sunday and Monday each week, so the festivities are slated to begin Tuesday, Feb. 3 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 7.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Multiple fire departments protect RV park from fire

Dozens of firefighters responded to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road around 2 p.m. Monday in an effort to keep the fire from spreading into an RV park near I-20. Crews from Doby's Mill and Blaney fire departments, as well as other firefighters from the Kershaw County Fire Service and Columbia-Richland fire departments, joined Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) units in battling the blaze. LF-R crews arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods thanks to high gusts of wind. LF-R's incident commander requested the additional crews ...

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune approves water system study during special meeting

Bethune Town Council took the first step Monday toward repairing and upgrading the town's aging water system when it approved spending $5,000 on an engineering study. The study is expected to find what condition the system is in and determine the estimated cost of the upgrade. Council voted on the matter during a special meeting called at 10 a.m. at Bethune Town Hall. Council hopes to secure grant money to help fund the massive project.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Keeping ‘the dream’ alive

People packed into Camden's Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Monday evening for the community's annual remembrance of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP's Camden-Kershaw County branch sponsored the event, presided over by 1st Vice President Rev. Kenneth Carter.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Carrie Mae McDaniel

Mrs. Carrie Mae McDaniel, 80, of Greenville, and formerly of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 12, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lois Thomas Bradford. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing services will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at One p.m., at Mount Calvary Holiness Church, Rembert, with burial in Saint James Holiness Church Cemetery, Camden. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the McDaniel Family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Frank Brunson Tidwell

Ivanhoe, Va. - Frank Brunson Tidwell, Jr., 56, of Ivanhoe, Va. and formerly of Camden passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United In Christ Holiness Church, Ivanhoe, Va. Arrangements by Reese Funeral Home, Austinville, Va.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Magnolia Belton

Mrs. Magnolia Belton, 91, of 314 King St., Camden, died Saturday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Belton family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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