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A trip to Cuba

With diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba improving, tourism and trade with the island nation 90 miles south of Florida have become a reality once again. A group from Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden makes regular mission trips to Cuba. Member Derial Ogburn shared his experiences with the Golden Club during its regular monthly morning meeting July 2 at Palmetto Coffee Shoppe.

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KCSO deputies now equipped with body cams

All Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) uniformed deputies who work in an enforcement capacity are now wearing Taser Axon body cameras. The last group of uniformed patrol officers attended their final training session July 2 and equipped with the new cameras, according to a statement released by Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Funderburk sworn in as administrative court judge

South Carolina's top judge swore in a Camden attorney as the state's newest administrative law court judge on June 29.

July 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Kershaw County fire chiefs urge fireworks safety

Saturday is July 4. It is celebrated in many ways, with cookouts, patriotic concerts and parades. But one fun thing about the holiday carrying the potential for danger is fireworks. Kershaw County fire chiefs want everyone to have fun this weekend, but to also use caution and common sense when dealing with fireworks.

July 03, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 1, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released details on the June 23 robbery at Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin officer arrested for criminal domestic violence

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin police officer Monday on a charge of second-degree criminal domestic violence.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Former deputy to serve 20 years for sexual assault

A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy will spend 20 years in prison for a series of sexual acts with a child less than 11 years old.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


KCC approves KCSD budget

Smiles and handshakes filled the Kershaw County Council chamber Tuesday night after council approved the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) budget by a 5-2 vote. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the KCSD requested a budget increase of $397,000, to be used for pay increases for teachers and other staff.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two teens charged with multiple auto break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two young men Wednesday on charges of five counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of burglary and one count of petit larceny.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in Sandhills Bank robbery

Two men are in jail today, charged in Tuesday's armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune branch of Sandhills Bank robbed Tuesday

A man robbed the Sandhills Bank in Bethune Tuesday morning. Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation processed the scene Tuesday and sorted out evidence.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 24, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of approximately $5,000 worth of horse equipment from a barn on Dry Branch Road, Lugoff.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


West Wateree Playground set to break ground in August

The West Wateree Community Playground project has surpassed its fundraising goal and will break ground in late August. Playground Steering Committee Chair Laurey Carpenter made ...

July 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Duke asks lake residents to conserve during drought

With drought conditions continuing to plague the South Carolina Upstate and Midlands, Duke Energy is asking residents along the Catawba-Wateree river and lakes systems to ...

July 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Four arrested in prostitution sting

Four men -- two from Lugoff, one from McBee and one from Sumter -- were arrested Friday in a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) prostitution sting ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The best medicine

The world, and life in general, is filled with sadness, despair, hopelessness, hatred, evil, negativity and sorrow of all kinds. Sorry to be such a ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lexington County fugitive arrested in Camden

With the help of local authorities, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (LCSD) arrested a man in Camden over the weekend who eluded them for ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO bloodhound team locates missing 84-year-old man

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) bloodhound team located a missing elderly Cassatt man near his home Sunday. According to a KCSO press release ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council meets Tuesday

Kershaw County Council will receive a final update on the Community Playground Project between Lugoff and Elgin during its meeting Tuesday evening. The playground is ...

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


VisionKershaw 2030

With Kershaw County growing at a steady pace, the county government is looking to the future and asking for citizen input on priorities and concerns ...

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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