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David Allen Hunter

A service to celebrate the life of David Allen Hunter, 73, of Camden will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden. The Rev. Mary D'Alessio will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton

Mrs. Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton, 81, of 607 Conway Circle, Camden, passed Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Maria Joyner Bradsher

Mrs. Maria Joyner Bradsher, 104, of Camden passed on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Unity United Methodist Church, Camden, with burial at Unity United Methodist Church Cemetery, Camden.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Phillips: Why, Brian, why?

I often write here about the news of the day, whether it is on a local level, statewide or beyond. There certainly is plenty of it, especially with so many news outlets on the internet and cable and satellite TV. Well, that may be a stretch sometimes, as many of the news outlets will report just about anything with little to no regard for the truth or whether a topic or event is indeed newsworthy.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC accepts KershawHealth EMS offer

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Kershaw County will become Kershaw County's responsibility July 1 following Kershaw County Council's 5-1 vote Tuesday to accept a $2.363 million payment from KershawHealth. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. voted against the proposal. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teens’ arrests for home burglary clears up car break-ins

The arrest of four Camden teens in connection with a Jan. 27 burglary led to the arrest of a fifth young man, clearing up a series of car break-ins.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


No changes for Kershaw County waterway ‘buffer zones’

Regulations on property "buffer zones" between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 11, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four men in two separate drug cases Feb. 2 and 3.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealer arrested for kidnapping woman

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Columbia man Thursday night for allegedly kidnapped a Camden woman who owed him money for crack cocaine.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KH, KCSF team up to give deputies free physicals

More than 50 Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies received free physicals Thursday as part of a new partnership between the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) and KershawHealth.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Anderson engages youth through computer business

Potter's Computer Systems, at 1662 Hwy. 1 South in Lugoff, has only been open since September, but owner Thomas Anderson said he has years of experience with computers, including owning a previous business in Columbia. Anderson doesn't just use his skills and knowledge to repair and upgrade computers, make cellphone repairs and handle other communication needs. He's also passing his knowledge down to younger people.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCC set to discuss EMS’ future

Funding for and the delivery of emergency management services (EMS) is back on the agenda for Tuesday night's Kershaw County Council meeting. Council originally planned to discuss the issue during its Jan. 27, but tabled the matter until Tuesday night.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The true meaning of bittersweet

Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. House elects Bill Funderburk to judgeship

The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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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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