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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


Bethune Town Council welcomes new police chief

Bethune Town Council introduced the town's new police chief at its meeting Thursday.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCSO arrests four CMA students for burglary

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four summer school students at Camden Military Academy (CMA) early Thursday after allegedly breaking into a nearby convenience store. A KCSO press release said deputies responded to an alarm activation at the store on U.S. 1 and found glass had been broken from a front door and that the store had apparently been entered.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council drops firearms ordinance

Kershaw County Council dropped a proposed ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that would have regulated the use of firearms in the county. The matter was introduced and passed first reading at council's June 24 meeting. After hearing many complaints from residents opposing the ordinance, it was removed from Tuesday's meeting agenda which originally set it for second reading.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County voter registration director retires

After nearly nine years as a Kershaw County employee, Rosalind Watson, Kershaw County's director of voter registration is retiring today. Born in New York City, Watson said her parents were originally from Camden. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. After deciding teaching was not her true calling, she went to work for IBM as a systems engineer, trainer, engineering manager and software manager. In addition to working in Buffalo, her 25-year career with IBM took her to Philadelphia; Reading, Penn., Dallas; and Maryland.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The wheels of justice

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit in a Kershaw County courtroom and see our justice system at work. As a news reporter, I have covered many trials and other court hearings through the years. Some have been quite fascinating, some have been quite boring and most have been a combination of the two.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin man arrested for attacking wife

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin, on Wednesday after he allegedly cut, stabbed and beat his wife "viciously," according to a KCSO press release.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Baseball bat attacker pleads guilty, receives 11 years

A 21-year-old Lugoff man who admits he attacked a Camden man with a baseball bat last July will spend 11 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Ryan Freeland Trojan was originally charged with attempted murder in the attack, but accepted a deal to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sidewalk Survey - July 9, 2014

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Bethune hires police chief

The town of Bethune has hired a new police chief after being without one since the resignation of Officer Glenn Davis in April. Mayor Charles McCoy reported at that time that Davis had submitted a resignation letter Thursday, April 10 saying the following day would be his last as a town employee.

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Firearms ordinance temporarily shelved

An ordinance restricting the use of firearms in Kershaw County has been dropped from Tuesday's Kershaw County Council agenda.

July 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden Garden Club helps beautify downtown

The Camden Garden Club recently partnered with the city of Camden on a project to provide more colorful flowers in the downtown area. Catherine French, the club's past president, said the city provided the 16 containers for the plants and pledged to keep them watered, while the garden club furnished the plants, dirt and effort to install the plants along Broad Street.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


County forms corporation to manage $8.5 million bond

Kershaw County Council recently formed a public facilities corporation to oversee the spending of up to $8.5 million from bonds council approved in June. The money is designated for capital improvements, including renovations to the Kershaw County Detention Center, upgrades at Central Carolina Technical College and improvements for county recreation facilities.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The quest for independence

Sometimes, the most challenging thing about writing this weekly column is coming up with a topic, but that's not at all the case this week. My columns run on Friday and even if July 4 wasn't on Friday this year I would still have written my column about the holiday.

July 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune ‘blighted property’ owners may face fines

Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

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


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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