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Crime Report - June 17, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of a TV, an air conditioner and a shotgun from an Elgin home June 10. A KCSO report said the victim was away from his Silicate Way home for four hours and when he returned he noticed a gate and a shed door were open. Not realizing the house had been broken into, he closed the gate and shed before going into the house and discovering the thefts. The report said the total value of the missing items is approximately $1,500.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune council approves annual budget

The Bethune Town Council passed the town's budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 during a 6:30 p.m. special meeting Thursday before the regular 7 p.m. monthly meeting. Vice-mayor Don Witham presided over both meetings, as Mayor Charles McCoy was away on business.

June 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | News


School board meets Tuesday

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meets Tuesday evening, beginning with recognitions for the Camden High School baseball team and the Lugoff-Elgin High School softball team.

June 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | News


Elgin man arrested for domestic assault

An Elgin man with a long list of arrests for criminal domestic violence is back in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) as of Thursday.

June 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man arrested for sexual conduct with teen

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Donnie Lee Hudson, 32, of Lugoff, on two counts of criminal sexual conduct on a minor under 14 years of age. According to a KCSO press release, investigators first arrested Hudson on May 13.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin couple arrested on heroin charges

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin couple on heroin charges Tuesday morning, the culmination of an investigation into possible heroin dealing at their Rabon Circle home.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug charges after 102 mph chase on I-20

An Anderson man with a long arrest history added to his resume Sunday when Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested him with a variety of illegal drugs on I-20.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Arts Arising at FAC broadening children’s horizons

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is conducting a series of entertaining and educational events for children this summer called "Arts Arising." The program includes acting, music, visual arts and more, and each session includes a question and answer time between the audience and the artists.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - June 10, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft Friday of a 53-foot trailer and its contents from a business on U.S. 601 South in Lugoff.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCC nears approval of annual budget

Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday for its first meeting in June, with third and final reading of the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 on the agenda.

June 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Law enforcement leaders address public

Local and state law enforcement chiefs met with the public Thursday evening in a program hosted by the Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County. Panelists in Camden High School's auditorium included Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Chris Williamson. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb also attended. Rev. Dr. Augustus Rodgers, pastor of Unity United Methodist Church in Lugoff served as the master of ceremonies.

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


Heavy rainfall damages Lugoff barber shop roof

Heavy rains in Kershaw County caused damage to the roof and ceiling of a Lugoff business Tuesday night.

June 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Suominen announces expansion in Bethune

Suominen, a Helskinki, Finland, global manufacturer, announced plans Tuesday to expand its Bethune facility in Kershaw County, creating at least 25 new jobs. Suominen is the world's leading supplier of nonwoven textiles, such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, swabs and similar products used primarily for cleaning.

June 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council amends extension for KH letter of intent

The Kershaw County Council met in a special called meeting Friday morning to amend the 30-day extension they approved Tuesday for a "letter of intent" (LOI) related to the sale of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare, a Franklin, Tenn. company.

June 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: ‘To protect and serve’

Every now and then I revisit a topic I've already written about here, especially when there's new information to pass along or a new observation I've made or conclusion I've reached. Such is the case this week.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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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


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