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KCC accepts KershawHealth EMS offer

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Kershaw County will become Kershaw County's responsibility July 1 following Kershaw County Council's 5-1 vote Tuesday to accept a $2.363 million payment from KershawHealth. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. voted against the proposal. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teens’ arrests for home burglary clears up car break-ins

The arrest of four Camden teens in connection with a Jan. 27 burglary led to the arrest of a fifth young man, clearing up a series of car break-ins.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


No changes for Kershaw County waterway ‘buffer zones’

Regulations on property "buffer zones" between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 11, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four men in two separate drug cases Feb. 2 and 3.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealer arrested for kidnapping woman

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Columbia man Thursday night for allegedly kidnapped a Camden woman who owed him money for crack cocaine.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KH, KCSF team up to give deputies free physicals

More than 50 Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies received free physicals Thursday as part of a new partnership between the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) and KershawHealth.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Anderson engages youth through computer business

Potter's Computer Systems, at 1662 Hwy. 1 South in Lugoff, has only been open since September, but owner Thomas Anderson said he has years of experience with computers, including owning a previous business in Columbia. Anderson doesn't just use his skills and knowledge to repair and upgrade computers, make cellphone repairs and handle other communication needs. He's also passing his knowledge down to younger people.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCC set to discuss EMS’ future

Funding for and the delivery of emergency management services (EMS) is back on the agenda for Tuesday night's Kershaw County Council meeting. Council originally planned to discuss the issue during its Jan. 27, but tabled the matter until Tuesday night.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The true meaning of bittersweet

Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. House elects Bill Funderburk to judgeship

The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lugoff vandalism under investigation

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a series of vandalisms in and around Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) early Thursday morning. Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said someone opened several fire hydrants on and around school property around 1 a.m..

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fitness Zone nears 15 years of operation in Lugoff

(The Chronicle-Independent celebrates Black History Month in February with a series of stories on area businesses owned and operated by African-Americans, starting with Fitness Zone in Lugoff and owner George Gibson.)

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


Crime Report - Feb. 4, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies dealt with two more car chases in recent days.

February 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


SCSO investigating Camden man’s death

What appeared to be a Camden man's death in Sumter County due to a car crash is now being investigated as a homicide. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is investigating the death of Johnny Singleton, 65, of Camden, who was in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 521 North near Rembert just inside Sumter County.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


KCC approves KCSD budget

Smiles and handshakes filled the Kershaw County Council chamber Tuesday night after council approved the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) budget by a 5-2 vote. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the KCSD requested a budget increase of $397,000, to be used for pay increases for teachers and other staff.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two teens charged with multiple auto break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two young men Wednesday on charges of five counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of burglary and one count of petit larceny.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in Sandhills Bank robbery

Two men are in jail today, charged in Tuesday's armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune branch of Sandhills Bank robbed Tuesday

A man robbed the Sandhills Bank in Bethune Tuesday morning. Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation processed the scene Tuesday and sorted out evidence.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 24, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of approximately $5,000 worth of horse equipment from a barn on Dry Branch Road, Lugoff.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Two arrested after Elgin shooting incident

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Elgin residents Saturday after deputies responded to a 911 call of shots fired near Walking Horse Lane in Elgin.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune hosts vigil for Charleston victims

In the wake of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where nine people were gunned down during a Bible study, groups throughout the state have pulled together in a unified effort of faith, respect and honor for the victim's and their families.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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