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Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Reed family holds reunion at historic home

More than 100 members of the Reed family gathered for a reunion July 12 at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County's Douglas Reed House. The historic location was the childhood home of several members of the family, descendants of Nero and Nora Reed, immigrants from Lebanon.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - July 16, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a Bethune man for impersonating a police officer.

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Attempted murder suspect dies in jail

An Elgin man arrested a week ago and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after an alleged assault on his wife is dead. Kershaw County Detention Center employees found Joey Matthew Tyner dead in a cell on Sunday.

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Childhood Movies

What is your favorite children's or family movie?

July 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Bethune Town Council welcomes new police chief

Bethune Town Council introduced the town's new police chief at its meeting Thursday.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCSO arrests four CMA students for burglary

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four summer school students at Camden Military Academy (CMA) early Thursday after allegedly breaking into a nearby convenience store. A KCSO press release said deputies responded to an alarm activation at the store on U.S. 1 and found glass had been broken from a front door and that the store had apparently been entered.

July 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council drops firearms ordinance

Kershaw County Council dropped a proposed ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that would have regulated the use of firearms in the county. The matter was introduced and passed first reading at council's June 24 meeting. After hearing many complaints from residents opposing the ordinance, it was removed from Tuesday's meeting agenda which originally set it for second reading.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County voter registration director retires

After nearly nine years as a Kershaw County employee, Rosalind Watson, Kershaw County's director of voter registration is retiring today. Born in New York City, Watson said her parents were originally from Camden. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. After deciding teaching was not her true calling, she went to work for IBM as a systems engineer, trainer, engineering manager and software manager. In addition to working in Buffalo, her 25-year career with IBM took her to Philadelphia; Reading, Penn., Dallas; and Maryland.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


The wheels of justice

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit in a Kershaw County courtroom and see our justice system at work. As a news reporter, I have covered many trials and other court hearings through the years. Some have been quite fascinating, some have been quite boring and most have been a combination of the two.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin man arrested for attacking wife

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin, on Wednesday after he allegedly cut, stabbed and beat his wife "viciously," according to a KCSO press release.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Baseball bat attacker pleads guilty, receives 11 years

A 21-year-old Lugoff man who admits he attacked a Camden man with a baseball bat last July will spend 11 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Ryan Freeland Trojan was originally charged with attempted murder in the attack, but accepted a deal to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sidewalk Survey - July 9, 2014

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Bethune hires police chief

The town of Bethune has hired a new police chief after being without one since the resignation of Officer Glenn Davis in April. Mayor Charles McCoy reported at that time that Davis had submitted a resignation letter Thursday, April 10 saying the following day would be his last as a town employee.

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune council continues discussion on school referendum

Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.

September 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council honors local author

Kershaw County author Madge Strickland spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday regarding her published book, "A Sandhills Revelation," that tells the history of the Blaney-Elgin area in western Kershaw County.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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