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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


Do it for the children, and for yourselves

I listened intently to a presentation given to the Kershaw County Council by representatives of the Kershaw County School District at the council meeting this week. It's my job to listen. But I was also quite impressed with what Kershaw County Board of Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson had to say. It's the budget season for most government bodies, including the county council and the school district and Jones and Wilson explained the financial challenges of running the district and what they hope to see improved over the next ...

May 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


They can dig it

City of Camden and Kershaw County public works employees got the opportunity to show off their backhoe skills, testing the steadiness of their nerves at the annual Backhoe Rodeo at City Hall Park on May 9.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 14, 2014

A customer at a Wall Street, Camden, reported being robbed at gunpoint in the men's bathroom.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Going to the Beach

What is your favorite beach to visit and why?

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Kershaw man arrested on sex charges

A Lancaster County man is behind bars in Kershaw County, charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Grant Adam Helms Jr., 24, of Old Camden Road in the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement released to the press that Helms turned himself in on April 8 and admitted his actions.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three public hearings on Kershaw County Council agenda

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings during its meeting Tuesday, covering subjects previously voted on and approved by council.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


A happy Mother’s Day

Millions of mothers across the Unites States and the world were recognized Sunday for their contributions to their families and to society as a whole. But one Lugoff mother and grandmother had three extra reasons to celebrate this Mother's Day weekend. Mary Schneck had three grandchildren graduate from three separate universities, one Friday and two Saturday.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Water rates going up in Bethune

Bethune residents who receive water service from the town will soon see a rate increase. Bethune Town Council announced the rate increase at its May meeting on Thursday. Councilman Don Witham reported the town's water rates are lower than other water providers in the area and the added money is needed for necessary repairs to the town's water tank and delivery system.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune students plant butterfly garden

Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


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SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


That little cabin in the woods

I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Write-in candidate challenges Jones for KCC District 4

The race for the Kershaw County Council seat for District 4 looked like incumbent Councilman Jimmy Jones would win by default, as no one filed to run against him. That changed this week when Bill Haynes of Lugoff announced he has launched a campaign as a write-in candidate for the council seat in the Nov. 4 election.

October 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


‘Derelict dwelling’ ordinance rejected by county council

A new ordinance that would have given Kershaw County the authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings failed to pass third and final reading Tuesday by Kershaw County Council on a 3-4 vote. First and second readings of the ordinance, patterned after state law, passed unanimously in previous meetings.

October 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Oct. 15, 2014

A Lugoff man was arrested Monday in connection to a home invasion robbery earlier this month and a September burglary. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Tanner Reece Brittain, 21, is facing charges following the home invasion Oct. 7 in which he allegedly kicked in the door of a residence and robbed the home owner at gunpoint. Brittain is also being charged with a burglary that occurred Sept. 19 in which he allegedly stole several firearms. After Brittain's arrest Monday he reportedly escaped through the window of a moving patrol car, was apprehended and has been charged ...

October 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff Fire-Rescue and Kershaw County Fire Service join forces with Special Operations Team

Kershaw County residents are now provided better emergency response with the recent formation of the Special Operations Team, a cooperative effort between the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Department and the Kershaw County Fire Service. The team specializes in accidents involving hazardous materials, unusual rescues and other unique situations. LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer said the 20 team members were handpicked from the best firefighters around the county and had to receive extra training for the situations they may encounter.

October 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Nora E. Drew

Funeral service for Nora Ernestine Lollis Drew, 69, will be held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial and graveside to follow in Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Thompson will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethune Baptist Church or Malvern Hill Baptist Church.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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