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Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Our hero-worshipping society

It seems one of my favorite topics to write this column about each week is the news media. It's only natural I have a keen interest in the news; it is my chosen profession, after all.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Training seminar for prospective umpires Sunday

Sports lovers looking for a part-time endeavor which can net them a few dollars this spring and summer are invited to learn baseball and softball officiating at special training seminars coming up soon. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department Athletic Director Shane Duncan said the first opportunity -- a Dixie Youth Umpire Certification session -- is this Sunday. It will be in the Old Armory gymnasium on DeKalb Street from 2 to 6 p.m. The fee is $20 for the training and $5 for a uniform patch.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Read Across America’ volunteers sought

Reading to children can make a difference in their lives and hopefully instill a love for reading in them at a young age. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) are partnering Feb. 27 for the annual "Read Across America" event. The chamber and district are seeking volunteers to visit Kershaw County's 11 elementary schools that morning to read Dr. Seuss books to students.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 18, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a burglary call in Elgin on Feb. 11.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man struck and killed by two vehicles

A Camden man died Thursday night after being struck by two vehicles on S.C. 34. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported Albert Linton Humphries, 51, was walking south, crossing S.C. 34 approximately 2 miles south of Camden when he was struck by a car driven by a 69-year-old man traveling westbound. The impact knocked Humphries across the highway into the eastbound lane where he was struck by another car, driven by a 45-year-old man.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD honors officers at annual banquet

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized its best sworn officers at its 17th annual Awards Night and Banquet on Feb. 10.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune welcomes new town council member

Bethune Town Council is officially back up to a full roster of five with Thursday's swearing in of Cynthia Hunter, who was voted into office in a special election Jan. 27. Hunter will serve the remainder of the term left by the resignation of Joe Casey, which runs through the end of this year.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Herman Willie Taylor

A memorial service for Herman Willie Taylor, 74, of Kershaw, was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Todd Gandy officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Clarence Edward 'Ed" Laffin Jr.

Clarence Edward "Ed" Laffin Jr., of Lugoff, husband of Diane Cone Laffin, entered into rest Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Malcoln Everett Kilcrease

A graveside service to honor the life of Malcolm Everett Kilcrease, 87, of Lugoff, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Reverend Ron Bower will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Kilcrease's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Camden woman was first Texas A&M female cadet company commander

When Ruth Ann Schumacher, now Ruth Ann Burns of Camden, first joined the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University in 1974, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. She was in the first group of female cadets at the prestigious university and was among 50 female classmates in the groundbreaking event.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Georgia fugitive arrested with large quantity of drugs

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Delaware man wanted in Georgia, and the man's female companion Sunday. According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Charlie McLaughlin III, 31, and Kelly Molina, 30, both of Wilmington, Del., after he stopped them for speeding on I-20.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - March 4, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bishopville man on an outstanding warrant Feb. 26 and then added charges of giving false information and threatening the life of a public official in the process.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man arrested for attempted murder, more

A Camden man is behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of breach of trust. Timmy Deandre Bennett, 21, of Knights Hill Road, Camden, turned himself in to the Camden Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday.

March 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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