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Phillips: Promises, promises

This column is printed every Friday in the Chronicle-Independent, but, like everything else we do, it has to be written at least a day or two ahead of going to print. I normally write my column on Wednesday. That's what I did last week, as usual. My point is, I would have written this column last week if I could have.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Dog training fundraiser exceeds goal by $200

A fundraiser by Kershaw Masonic Lodge No. 29 to help pay for training a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) drug dog named Elsa exceeded its goal March 7. Lodge Worshipful Master Brett Perry said the training will cost $3,800 and the event -- a steak dinner at the Masons Lodge -- raised $4,000.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


West Wateree Playground fundraising enters final phase

Organizers of the West Wateree Playground project now report they are only $80,000 away from their fundraising goal of $300,000. More good news may soon be coming as the project is a finalist in the running for a $50,000 grant. The plan is to build a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible playground at the West Wateree Athletic complex off U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


EMS ordinances pass second readings

The plan for Kershaw County to take over the emergency medical service (EMS) July 1 continues to progress, as Kershaw County Council passed second reading on three ordinances Tuesday. EMS is presently provided by KershawHealth, which is working out final details of a deal to have the hospital's real estate assets leased to and furniture, fixtures and equipment purchased by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. Capella would operate the hospital partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 11, 2015

An Elgin man reported the theft of farm equipment and a car from his deceased brother's property March 4.

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


KCSO reports successful night of alcohol compliance checks

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews reported some good news this week, as a series of alcohol compliance checks Monday night resulted in no citations issued to businesses for selling to underage customers.

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


KCSO arrests two for passing counterfeit bills

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Columbia residents Friday for allegedly passing counterfeit money and attempting to obtain money by fraud.

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


County council continues moving ahead on EMS

Kershaw County Council is set to continue making progress in taking over emergency management services from KershawHealth as it meets Tuesday evening by considering second readings of three ordinances related to the matter.

March 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County students learn ‘hands only’ CPR

When a person's heart stops beating, seconds count. That's why the American Red Cross is conducting a series of "hands only" cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes in middle schools throughout Kershaw County so students will know what to do to help save a life.

March 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Phillips: Come on, spring!

One of the many perks of living in the Midlands of South Carolina is our moderate climate. OK, maybe it hasn't felt so moderate the past few weeks, but think about New York, Boston, Minnesota, Michigan and other northern areas. Now, they know what cold really is!

March 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin man arrested for murder of adult son

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin man Thursday, charging him with murder in the shooting death of his son. According to a KCSO press release, Stephen Earl Wood Sr., 68, of Thorton Drive, Elgin, is accused of shooting and killing Stephen Earl Wood Jr., 26, who also lived at the home with his wife and two children.

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


Miller to spend life in prison for murdering Melton

Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, was supposed to face a jury in February 2016 for abducting Hope Roscoe Melton, 30, of Chesterfield County, on Dec. 26, 2011, and bringing her to Kershaw County where he raped and killed her by beating her with a baseball bat. He was supposed to face the death penalty.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Cedars Memorial Day program honors late CHS cadet

An annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Cedars Cemetery in Camden on Friday honored the memory of a Camden High School (CHS) cadet who died earlier this year.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


County zoning ordinances face final approval Tuesday

Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday, with public hearings on, and third and final readings of, four ordinances which affect county planning and zoning on the agenda. The matters in question all passed their first two readings unanimously.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Volunteers sought to speak to students on career choices

With economic development and workforce readiness being hot topics these days, SC Works is asking area business people to share their wisdom and skills with students in Kershaw County and the surrounding area so they will better understand what is needed in today's business world.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


FAC seeks input on theater projects

What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - May 20, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is looking for a man and a woman who managed to walk out of a Camden department store with more than $2,800 worth of jewelry Friday.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Four-way stop coming to Bethune

The town of Bethune is getting traffic assistance from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) with the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 1 (King Street) and S.C. 341 (Main Street). The intersection currently has flashing yellow caution lights for U.S. 1 traffic and flashing red stop lights for S.C. 341.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Tucker still living in District 2

Kershaw County District 2 Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. has changed his residence, but still lives in District 2, which keeps him eligible to serve on council. Tucker said a pending divorce resulted in his home on Spring Hill Road being foreclosed and, during the past several weeks, he has been staying with a relative.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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