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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


KCC provides property for new Lugoff playground

Thanks to a unanimous vote by Kershaw County Council, a modern, state-of-the-art play area will soon become a reality in the West Wateree area. A group of concerned parents presented a proposal to council at its meeting Tuesday. Laurie Carpenter, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter's wife, spoke on behalf of the West Wateree Community Playground Project.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sewer utility seeks county council approval for permit

An Elgin-based wastewater treatment utility is hoping Kershaw County Council will sign off on a permit request filed with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to allow the discharge of treated sewage into nearby Spears Creek. The matter was the only item on the agenda of a special workshop meeting held after Tuesday's regular council meeting.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Zeke and the Easter Ducks want to meet you

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Two white domestic Peking ducks are available for adoption. The animal shelter staff calls them "Easter ducks" and Zeke, a 5-year-old neutered male Hound mix. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday ...

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Crime Report - April 23, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Columbia residents suspected of shoplifting from a West DeKalb Street discount store April 14 following a high-speed chase that ended in Richland County.

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Where would you go?

If you could travel to any foreign country, which one would it be and why?

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Meth lab bust could be biggest cleanup ever

In terms of the amount of toxic waste to clean up, Sunday's discovery of a methamphetamine lab near Cassatt could result in the biggest cleanup ever in the state of South Carolina.

April 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


City council cancels this Tuesday’s meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Camden City Council set for tomorrow evening has been cancelled. Council will still have the scheduled work session meeting at 4 p.m.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KC Council meets tomorrow

The Kershaw County Council meets in a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow night. First on the agenda are two public presentations, one by Motorola regarding E-911 texting services. The other is a presentation by Laurey Carpenter on the West Wateree Community Playground project.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


CFD and SC Fire Marshall provide free smoke alarms

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and the South Carolina Fire Marshal's Office will present a joint community outreach program beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Kirkwood community behind North Towne Square Shopping Center in Camden.

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


National dog competition draws from across the country

Owners and fans of the Boykin spaniel gathered in the South Carolina midlands last week for the 2014 National Field Trial. The event was a "homecoming" of sorts for the Boykin spaniel breed that originated in the early 1900s in Boykin. The Boykin spaniel became the official state dog of South Carolina in 1985.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


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The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Haynes not eligible for Kershaw County Council District 5 seat

Bill Haynes is not eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Kershaw County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilman Jimmy Jones. Jones was unopposed until Haynes started asking for write-in votes.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


CAST holds final meeting as grant expires

Members of CAST -- Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow -- met for the last time Wednesday at the ALPHA Center as a grant used to fund the program across the state ended in September.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Korean War veterans honored by Legion

The Korean War is sometimes called "the forgotten war," but James LeRoy Belk Post No. 17 of the American Legion in Camden held a special recognition for veterans of that conflict Oct. 18. Post Commander Clay Carruth asked all Korean War veterans in attendance to stand and be recognized before offering some remarks.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Piggly Wiggly in Camden to stay open, says manager

Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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


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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