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An ounce of prevention

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and S.C. Fire Marshal's Office (SCFMO) would rather prevent fires and the tragedies they bring than fight them. With that mission, the two agencies recently joined forces April 24 in Camden's Kirkwood community to provide and install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and share fire prevention information with residents. The project was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Mother's Day Plans

What are your Mother's Day plans?

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Honoring mothers in Camden

The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 7, 2014

A Kershaw man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his truck in the early morning hours Sunday.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


DHEC's answers about Palmetto Utilities request

When Stan Jones, president of Palmetto Utilities, recently sought Kershaw County Council's support for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Spears Creek, council members left with a number of unanswered questions. That was because the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) did not send a representative to a council workshop to answer some of those questions.

May 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Our friends in blue

I have several different duties and assignments here at the Chronicle-Independent, but picking my favorite is not something I have to think very hard or long about. It's covering crime news and the activities and efforts of the Camden Police Department (CPD) and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). There's always something different, sometimes humorous and never boring. Every now and then it's tragic and that part is not fun at all, but our job is to get the news into the hands of the people, even if, or especially if, it's not good news.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Kershaw County Council considers new budget

Users of Kershaw County's recreation facilities and programs may soon have to pay more for the privilege if Kershaw County Council passes a proposed budget presented at a special workshop Tuesday evening. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the proposed budget is balanced without a tax increase.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 30, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Camden woman on a weapons charge April 17 after she allegedly left a handgun in the restroom of a fast food restaurant.

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


New Business

What company would you like to see open a facility in Kershaw County?

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


CHS English teacher named district’s best

Rebecca Rundlett, a Camden High School (CHS) English teacher is the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) 2014 Teacher of the Year. KCSD officials made the announcement during its annual awards gala in the CHS Performing Arts Auditorium on Monday, picking Rundlett from among 20 educators named as teachers of the year from their respective schools.

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


Two arrested in heroin, pot, synthetic narcotics bust

Two people were jailed April 16 and charged with several narcotics violations and a weapons charge following an investigation by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

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


Camden Police Department welcomes public input

A number of residents from Camden and the surrounding area got to know the Camden Police Department (CPD) a little better Thursday night. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said he wanted a forum held inside Camden City Hall to learn the public's concerns and what suggestions residents have for better policing.

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


Camden’s Jack Brantley honored by S.C. Department of Commerce

Camden businessman and civic leader Jack Brantley is Kershaw County's new Ambassador for Economic Development for 2014, recently named by the S.C. Department of Commerce. Brantley owns Aberdeen Catery in Camden and is among 46 "ambassador" honorees, one from each county in the state.

April 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Butterflies are free

As I have written here at least once before, only to be proven wrong, Spring is finally here. I really hope I am right this time, but I guess we're never completely immune in April to a cold front coming through that would bring a rainy day or two and then the drop in temperature that always follows. But, let's keep the optimism up and say, with faith, that Spring really is here to stay.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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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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