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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


Crime Report - Jan. 7, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) reported a relatively quiet week, with several reports of minor incidents.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


David West takes office as county coroner

There's a new leader in the Kershaw County Coroner's Office, with Tuesday evening's swearing in ceremony for Coroner David West. West is no newcomer to the office, as he served as deputy coroner for several years under coroners Tommy Horton and recently retired Johnny Fellers. West ran unopposed for the job in 2014 after Fellers announced his intention to retire.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visits Jackson Teen Center

United States Sen. Tim Scott paid a special visit to the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) in Camden on Dec. 30, to see firsthand the difference the facility is making for the youth of the community. Operated in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, JTC offers after-school activity and tutoring programs for youths who might otherwise be out on their own and more prone to mischief and trouble.

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Victim forced from car during theft in Lugoff

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating a carjacking incident that reportedly occurred Thursday evening. A KCSO report said a juvenile told deputies her mother stopped to use an automated teller machine (ATM) along U.S. 1 in Lugoff and while she was out of the car a light-skiined African American male got into the car and forced the girl out of the car before driving away eastbound on U.S. 1 toward Camden. The driver of the car using the ATM said she heard her daughter yelling, saw the car drive away and called 911 on her cell ...

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | News


Phillips: My new adventure

I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.

January 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Dec. 31, 2014

An employee of a downtown Camden restaurant called police Tuesday, Dec. 23 after receiving a phone call she suspected was an attempted scam. A Camden Police Department (CPD) report said a man called the business and said he was the general manager for a local electric cooperative and the restaurant had a past due bill of $1,400 that had to be paid immediately or the electric service would be cut off. The woman told officers the man told her to go to a local drug store and purchase a "green dot money pack" to use to make payment and ...

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Truck thief arrested

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested 33-year-old William Rawlinson Taylor, from Hopkins, Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and enclosed trailer and led deputies on a high-speed chase.

December 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


2014: A look back - Part 1 of 3

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the past 12 months with many of the major news stories of the year. In today's issue we focus on January through April, Wednesday's edition will have highlights from May through August and we'll finish up this retrospective this Friday with stories from September through December.

December 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: It’s been a mighty good year

As a new year comes along, it's a time when most of us naturally reflect back on the previous 12 months and think about our accomplishments, our failures and other things that fall somewhere in between. For me, the end of the year has a very special meaning, since my first day on the staff of the Chronicle-Independent was Dec. 30, 2013. Happy anniversary to me. Yes, indeed, it is.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Long-time car salesman retiring from Lugoff Ford

After 51 years working in Lugoff, Richard Leadingham is retiring. He is well known in the community, as he has been a car salesman for 21 years at the Toyota Store and Lugoff Ford since retiring from DuPont after a 30-year career there. He said the biggest change he's seen in the auto business has been the use of technology.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCSO makes two drug arrests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two suspects in similar cases this week.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 24, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Camden man Thursday for trafficking cocaine after stopping the man for speeding.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


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


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


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


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