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Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: Small town doesn’t mean small time

I have written here before about how much I like Camden and Kershaw County. That's not just an attempt to get on and stay on "the good side" of those who have always called this wonderful place home. It really is from my heart, and I've lived in enough different places to be able to make that kind of determination. I know the difference.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Three county councilmen and chairman sworn in Tuesday

Kershaw County Council officially welcomed a new councilman and chairman at a special swearing-in ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two other councilmen reelected to their seats for the next four years.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Business park’ being made out of KershawHealth properties

Tuesday, Kershaw County Council passed first reading of an ordinance which, if passed on subsequent second and third readings, will transform what is now all of KershawHealth's properties into a joint business/industrial park with Chesterfield County.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden hosts sporting clays shooting competition

Camden played host to 35 teams of young skeet shooters Saturday, with nearly 500 high school students from all around South Carolina converging on Heritage Farms for the competition. The event is one of five such competitions scheduled around the state. The final state competition will be held in April in Clinton, according to King Haigler Sporting Clays Coach William Tetterton.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Fire destroys Elgin mobile home

Four fire departments responded to a mobile home fire on Leslie Branham Road in Elgin shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 14, 2015

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers responded to numerous complaints of thefts from vehicles in recent days.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden drug dealer gets nine year sentence

A Camden man is headed to prison for nine years after pleading guilty Thursday to two counts each of trafficking crack cocaine and distributing crack cocaine within proximity of a school.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Speed limit lowered to 25 mph in Bethune

Drivers going through Bethune on U.S. 1 are being cautioned to watch their speed as the limit through town has been lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph. The announcement came from Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb during Thursday's Bethune Town Council meeting.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crooks impersonating officers to steal dogs

The Kershaw County Department of Safety and Emergency Services/Code Enforcement is cautioning residents to be wary of a crew of criminals impersonating code enforcement officers in order to steal dogs from their owners. Director Gene Faulkenberry issued a statement recently saying two men and a woman in a white Ford pickup truck had pulled their scam in the Lugoff and Cassatt areas of the county.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


New, returning KCC members to be sworn in Tuesday

Two new members of Kershaw County Council will be sworn into office in a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two others who have retained their council seats.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two L-EHS students arrested for narcotics

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) students Wednesday on drug possession charges at the school.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Branham sworn in as Kershaw County probate judge

Kershaw County officially has its new probate judge with the swearing in Tuesday of Debbie Branham, who won the position in the November 2014 general election. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick "Rick" Todd administered the oath of office at the Kershaw County Courthouse as Branham's husband, Donald, held the Bible and her son, daughter and son-in-law stood nearby.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lack of hydrants delays LF-R efforts at house fire

A lack of fire hydrants delayed Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews getting more water to battle a two-story house fire on Lander Lane in Lugoff's Hunter Crossing subdivision shortly after midnight Wednesday. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said it is not uncommon for hydrants in rural subdivisions to be placed more than 1,000 feet apart, making it tough for firefighters to do their jobs.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: A lose-lose situation

Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Volunteers sought to speak to students on career choices

With economic development and workforce readiness being hot topics these days, SC Works is asking area business people to share their wisdom and skills with students in Kershaw County and the surrounding area so they will better understand what is needed in today's business world.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


FAC seeks input on theater projects

What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - May 20, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is looking for a man and a woman who managed to walk out of a Camden department store with more than $2,800 worth of jewelry Friday.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Four-way stop coming to Bethune

The town of Bethune is getting traffic assistance from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) with the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 1 (King Street) and S.C. 341 (Main Street). The intersection currently has flashing yellow caution lights for U.S. 1 traffic and flashing red stop lights for S.C. 341.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Tucker still living in District 2

Kershaw County District 2 Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. has changed his residence, but still lives in District 2, which keeps him eligible to serve on council. Tucker said a pending divorce resulted in his home on Spring Hill Road being foreclosed and, during the past several weeks, he has been staying with a relative.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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