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KCC approves 2 percent raise for employees

Calling it "a good night for Kershaw County citizens," County Councilman Jimmy Jones successfully introduced several new amendments, including a 2 percent pay raise for county employees, to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget at council's meeting Tuesday. Council passed third and final reading of the budget at its June 17 meeting, but several members made a request to reconsider the budget Tuesday night.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Common sense isn’t so common any more

Early this week I had an interesting conversation with a downtown Camden businessman. I was walking the area doing our weekly "Sidewalk Survey" feature for Wednesday's paper and I went into this gentleman's store to see if I might find a survey participant. I did find one.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO arrests heroin dealer

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man on June 20, and charged him with trafficking heroin.

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


Summer time treats

What is your favorite summer food?

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Runoff election sees light voter traffic

Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide one Kershaw County race and others statewide. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said at 12:30 p.m. voter turnout had been steady, but light. She said light turnout is common for runoff elections.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Crime Report - June 25, 2014

For the second time in less than two weeks, another Camden jewelry store is reporting being robbed by a man posing as a customer.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council to ‘reconsider’ budget

After voting unanimously last week to pass the third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the Kershaw County Council has the budget on the agenda again for their meeting this Tuesday. The agenda is dominated by second readings of nine ordinances that would modify Zoning and Land Use Regulations, but the subject of the budget is the first agenda item listed.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


School district officials talk Phase 2 referendum with chamber board

Kershaw County School District leaders spoke at last Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to explain the need for the Facilities Equalization Plan Phase 2 Referendum that will be voted on in the November general election and, if passed, would provide up to $133 million to build new schools and renovate and repair others. Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said he took his Kershaw County job in 2007 and on his first visit he looked at several of the school facilities. He said he was impressed with how the district used the funds from Phase 1 to ...

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Camden Council to recognize band conductor Pat Wylie

Camden City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is no work session meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. City Manager Mel Pearson was out of town at a conference as this story was being written, but Mayor Tony Scully said the work sessions are sometimes cancelled if there is not enough business to justify a meeting.The 6:30 meeting includes a special recognition for Pat Wylie, former Camden Middle School Band director and conductor for the Camden Community Concert Band for 34 years.

June 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Runoff elections set for Tuesday

Voters will be headed back to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections to choose which candidates will represent their respective political parties in the general election in November. Runoffs became necessary in races with more than two candidates. If no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two candidates.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Find a new furry friend

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Nas, a 2-year-old male King Corso and Sparkes, a 3-year-old female cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call ...

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Kershaw county council approves annual budget

Kershaw County property owners will see a higher amount on their next tax bill, as the county council gave final approval to the annual budget that goes into effect July 1. Council met Tuesday in a meeting postponed from the previous week due to the primary election.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Beating the heat

How do you deal with summer heat?

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Horses accused of vandalizing swimming pool

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to Shadow Mist Lane in Elgin on Saturday after a resident said horses had damaged her swimming pool. The KCSO report said the woman first called authorities around 1:40 a.m. and said her neighbor's horses were in her yard. She called again around 10:30 a.m. and said she and her daughter had gone outside to use the pool and found it was collapsed and the water had run out onto the ground. She said she believed the horsed did the damage, at a cost of $300. The ...

June 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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A cry for justice

Well, folks, after more than three months of speculation, of debates, of arguing, bickering and online name calling, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Mo., finally came to a conclusion earlier this week. The 12-person panel was presented with and studied all the evidence in the case of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August and concluded there were no indications that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson committed any crime when he shot and killed Brown.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Law enforcement warns of scammers around the holidays

Law enforcement officials are cautioning the public to always be wary of swindlers and those who try to get money from good people using a wide variety of unethical and illegal tactics. These con games know no season, but Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said criminals increase their efforts around the holidays. Using the old adage, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," Floyd said everyone should be aware of possible scams and gave advice on what to do if they are contacted by anyone they don't know asking for money.

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


Audit finds good financial health for Kershaw County

Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.

November 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


CPD arrests Elgin man after he attacks woman

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested an Elgin man Nov. 13 on multiple charges after he allegedly forced his way into a Camden home and attacked a 29-year-old Lugoff woman.

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


CPD celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized three city crossing guards for their dedication and service during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, which ended Friday. The CPD, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center honored William Lucas and John T. Arledge for their service at Camden Elementary School (CES) and Carson Gordon for keeping students safe at Camden Middle School (CMS).

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


Fire chiefs promote extra safety during cold months

With the first touch of winter weather upon Kershaw County, local firefighting officials are cautioning everyone to use a few safety tips to keep their homes and businesses safe when using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.

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


Crime Report - Nov. 26, 2014

A Camden businessman is accusing an employee of stealing more than $4,500 from the business.

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


Chamber of Commerce president resigns

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council has questions on Nov. 4 election

Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.

November 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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