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Taxes increasing for LFD property owners

Property owners in the Lugoff Fire District (LFD) will see an increase in their taxes after Kershaw County Council unanimously approved the district's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at a special meeting Tuesday. The fiscal year begins July 1.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Heading to the polls

Do you plan to vote in the primary election next Tuesday?

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - June 4, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported several cases of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Industrial Spotlight - June 2, 2014

Almost any machine with moving parts requires two things to keep it performing smoothly and trouble free for a long time: lubrication and an efficient way to filter that lubricant so it remains in peak condition to do its job. Hengst Automotive, 29 Hengst Blvd. in Steeplechase Business Park in Camden, manufactures filters and filtration systems for oil, air and fuel for auto and machine manufacturers and also used as after-market additions to large industrial machinery and vehicles.

June 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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


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Solicitor visits Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee meeting

Discussion was passionate at Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee, with audience comments coming from both sides of the issue. The committee was formed after county council proposed an ordinance restricting the use of firearms in unincorporated areas, but it was dropped after passing first reading. County ordinances require three separate approval votes to become law. The ordinance was abandoned after outcry from gun enthusiasts who said it was too restrictive and violated their rights.

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Kershaw County


Kershaw County Recreation Director addresses Rotary

Kershaw County Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Eason spoke to the Rotary Club at their mid-day meeting Thursday and said the future looks good for recreational opportunities in the county. Lauren Branham Reeder introduced Eason with a quick summary of his education and experience.

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Kershaw County


Lugoff Fire-Rescue saves woman and child from rising waters

Heavy rains Friday morning caused traffic problems in western Kershaw County. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (L F-R) crews were dispatched around 6 a.m. Friday to Training Track Drive inside the Saddlebrook Subdivision off U.S. 1 in Lugoff for a vehicle partially submerged in water with passengers trapped inside.

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Lugoff-Elgin


Mara Jones responds to Scott Jordan’s statement about Zemp Stadium

After a Chronicle-Independent story Friday reported statements made by Scott Jordan to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voicing his objection to what he thought was a plan to demolish Zemp Stadium in Camden if a new stadium is built near Camden High School, Board Chairperson Mara H. Jones issued the following statement via email.

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Education


Camden Council will receive tourism updates Tuesday

The 4 p.m. Tuesday work session of Camden City Council will include a presentation by Judy Ferrell on KershawHelath's Celebration of Community, "What Matters Most."

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Camden


KershawHealth to present ad campaign to county council

The Kershaw Council meets Tuesday. KershawHealth will make a presentation on the hospital's latest advertising campaign.

September 22, 2014 | By GARY PHILLIPS C-I (Camden, S.C.) assistant editor | Kershaw County


Stephen S. Davis

Mr. Stephen Sirkawan Davis, 19, of Bronx, New York, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Friends may visit at 3117 Youngs Bridge Road in Bethune. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


C. Bradford Weeks

A memorial service to celebrate the life of C. Bradford Weeks, 35, of Camden, will be held at 4 p.m., today, Sept. 22, 2014 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden. Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. In honor of Brad, please dress cheerful and comfortable. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Brad's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or the Oliver Gospel Mission, 1100 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

September 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Musings from a Cardinals, Cowboys, Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Dolphins and Gamecocks fan

It sure has felt good to have some cooler days lately. After a long, hot summer, it's nice to know the more pleasant breeze of a pre-autumn day. I have heard many people say similar things in the past week or two, and then there's usually also a follow-up comment about how it won't be long until we're complaining about how cold it is or there's snow and ice on the roads. All true.

September 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


U.S. Navy allowed WWII vet to see the world

With his 90th birthday barely a month away, Benny Martin looks back over the decades on a life that has taken him around the United States and the world. Martin was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Buhl, Idaho. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served three years during World War II starting in 1943.

September 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


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


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