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KCSO arrests two after alleged INVISTA thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Elgin men Wednesday after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of aluminum pipes from the INVISTA plant in Lugoff.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Project Chem’ revealed as WeylChem expansion

For the last several months, there has been talk about "Project Chem" at Kershaw County Council meetings. With publication of council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday, that project has been revealed to involve WeylChem US Inc.'s plant in Elgin.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Gardner hopes to retain KCC District 6 seat

Kershaw County District 6 Councilman Tom Gardner is announcing his bid for a second term.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Do they really mean it?

Gentlemen, start your engines! It's NASCAR season again, with the Daytona 500 coming up Sunday. There's always a high amount of excitement in the air this time of year, as everyone starts the season with the same record and number of points -- zeros all across the board.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune sells former bank building

Bethune Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell a former bank building it owns to a Chesterfield woman. Council held its meeting Tuesday after postponing the meeting from its original date of Feb. 13, due to poor weather and road conditions.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Historic Camden honors African-American Revolutionary hero

Camden historians say African-Americans contributed to the history of America even before there was an America. In connection with Black History Month, Historic Camden is offering a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday showcasing the role African-Americans, one in particular, played in the Revolution. All ages are welcome, but Historic Camden Administrative Assistant Carol Sheridan said the program is primarily aimed at children ages 6 through 12.

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The Winter Olympics

Do you have a favorite Winter Olympics event?

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - Feb. 19, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is cautioning owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Kershaw County to secure and keep a close eye on them after what appears to be an increase in ATV thefts, particularly in Lugoff.

February 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


World War II veteran recalls service

Camden resident Marion David, 89, was in the U.S. Army from March, 1943 until January, 1946 and served with the 12th Traffic Regulating Group in Europe during WWII.

February 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Kershaw County transformed by snow and ice

For the second time in two weeks, an arctic blast sent potentially dangerous precipitation into Kershaw County and much of the eastern United States. But county officials report they were prepared for the snow and ice.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LFD welcomes battalion chief

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) has added a senior officer to their ranks, and he is very familiar with the area. Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer is a Camden native and was hired to the new position by LFD Chief Dennis Ray last summer to oversee all the fire and rescue operations of the department.

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


Move the Olympics to Camden

By the time this comes out in the Chronicle-Independent, our most recent episode of wintry weather should be behind us. I sure hope so and good riddance. As southerners, we're just not well-equipped or prepared for snow and ice. We don't get a lot of it, thank God. That's one of the many benefits of living here.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


World War II vet Johnnie Jones retires again at 88

World War II veteran, textile worker, service station owner, grocery store employee and newspaper delivery man Johnnie J. Jones is finally retiring -- at the age of 88.

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Feb. 12, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer caught a Lugoff man after he allegedly kicked in doors in the city's Southern Oaks subdivision Saturday.

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


Valentine's Day

Do you have big plans for Valentine's Day?

February 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


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Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Reed family holds reunion at historic home

More than 100 members of the Reed family gathered for a reunion July 12 at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County's Douglas Reed House. The historic location was the childhood home of several members of the family, descendants of Nero and Nora Reed, immigrants from Lebanon.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - July 16, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a Bethune man for impersonating a police officer.

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Attempted murder suspect dies in jail

An Elgin man arrested a week ago and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after an alleged assault on his wife is dead. Kershaw County Detention Center employees found Joey Matthew Tyner dead in a cell on Sunday.

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Childhood Movies

What is your favorite children's or family movie?

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


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