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Heflin sworn in as Bethune councilman again

The town of Bethune welcomed a new councilman to the local government Thursday night, but he's a familiar face. John Heflin served on council previously for eight years and was sworn in by Judge Cody Mitchell at a special council meeting Thursday. Heflin fills the council vacancy left by former Councilwoman Beverly Farmer's resignation in March.

June 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


LF-R requests funding for new fire marshal

With Lugoff being one of the fastest growing areas of Kershaw County, Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) wants to be sure they keep up with that growth in its firefighting and prevention services. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray presented information to Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday, asking for approval of the LF-R's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The proposal includes a 2-mil tax increase to fund the hiring of one additional firefighter who would also serve as the Lugoff Fire District's (LFD) fire marshal. The current millage rate for the district is 29.4.

May 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden honors fallen vets at Cedar Cemetery

For the sixth consecutive year, Camden citizens held a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at Cedars Cemetery on South Campbell Street. The 9:30 a.m. event began with a welcome by organizer Linda Sutton-Dutton.

May 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Interstate 20 crash ties up traffic on Sunday

A three-vehicle crash left I-20 blocked for several hours near the Kershaw/Richland County line Sunday. Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said a Ford Mustang and Dodge pickup truck were traveling westbound on I-20 when they collided. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) said the Mustang drove partially off the left side of the road, over-corrected and struck the pickup, causing that driver to lose control, rolling the truck several times. The Mustang then drove underneath an already disabled tractor-trailer truck stopped on the shoulder.

May 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - May 28, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man on drug and weapons charges Friday.

May 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Summer Plans

Do you have special plans this summer?

May 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


LF-R to present budget to county council

Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray will present a detailed slide show during Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday on how the Lugoff Fire District has grown. Ray will also ask council to approve his department's budget for the next fiscal year.

May 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Monkeys taste like chocolate’

People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. A Lugoff woman whose 10-year-old daughter died suddenly in October 2011 following an asthma attack channeled her grief into writing a book. Melissa Stover said she always had an interest in writing, but the passing of her daughter, Carissa, inspired her to pen the children's book, "Monkeys Taste Like Chocolate."

May 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Meth maker gets eight years

A county man who admitted to being an illegal drug maker will spend the next several years in prison after pleading guilty to his second offenses of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, and for violating the hazardous waste act.

May 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


A day to remember

One of my responsibilities at the newspaper is to go out each week and do the "Sidewalk Survey" feature we run each Wednesday. Just in case you're not aware of it, let me explain. I find six random people around town and ask them one opinion question. There are no right or wrong answers; it really is their opinion. If they're willing to answer, I get their name and town of residence and take their photo. That's where I lose some of them. A lot of people are willing to answer a question, but some balk when ...

May 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - May 21, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested three men May 15 after answering a call of shots fired at an apartment complex on Roy Truesdell Road in Lugoff.

May 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber honors Prestages at annual awards banquet

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce presented its President's Award to Drs. Ron and Cindy Prestage, capping off its 104th Annual Awards Gala at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday. The Prestages are owners of Prestage Farms, which operates in seven states with 1,900 employees, including 170 in South Carolina.

May 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Chamber honors Prestages at annual awards banquet

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce presented its President's Award to Drs. Ron and Cindy Prestage, capping off its 104th Annual Awards Gala at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday. The Prestages are owners of Prestage Farms, which operates in seven states with 1,900 employees, including 170 in South Carolina.

May 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


A family tradition

It's not often than a man gets to swear in his own grandson into the very branch of the military he served in for 23 years. A Camden grandfather recently experienced that proud moment as he swore his grandson into the U.S. Army.

May 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


School district presents budget request to county council

School district representatives asked Kershaw County Council for 4.1 mils in funding for the upcoming school year. Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Finance Officer Donnie Weeks made the request during a presentation to council Tuesday evening on the district's annual budget.

May 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

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


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


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