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Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Our hero-worshipping society

It seems one of my favorite topics to write this column about each week is the news media. It's only natural I have a keen interest in the news; it is my chosen profession, after all.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Training seminar for prospective umpires Sunday

Sports lovers looking for a part-time endeavor which can net them a few dollars this spring and summer are invited to learn baseball and softball officiating at special training seminars coming up soon. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department Athletic Director Shane Duncan said the first opportunity -- a Dixie Youth Umpire Certification session -- is this Sunday. It will be in the Old Armory gymnasium on DeKalb Street from 2 to 6 p.m. The fee is $20 for the training and $5 for a uniform patch.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Read Across America’ volunteers sought

Reading to children can make a difference in their lives and hopefully instill a love for reading in them at a young age. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) are partnering Feb. 27 for the annual "Read Across America" event. The chamber and district are seeking volunteers to visit Kershaw County's 11 elementary schools that morning to read Dr. Seuss books to students.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 18, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a burglary call in Elgin on Feb. 11.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man struck and killed by two vehicles

A Camden man died Thursday night after being struck by two vehicles on S.C. 34. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported Albert Linton Humphries, 51, was walking south, crossing S.C. 34 approximately 2 miles south of Camden when he was struck by a car driven by a 69-year-old man traveling westbound. The impact knocked Humphries across the highway into the eastbound lane where he was struck by another car, driven by a 45-year-old man.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD honors officers at annual banquet

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized its best sworn officers at its 17th annual Awards Night and Banquet on Feb. 10.

February 18, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune welcomes new town council member

Bethune Town Council is officially back up to a full roster of five with Thursday's swearing in of Cynthia Hunter, who was voted into office in a special election Jan. 27. Hunter will serve the remainder of the term left by the resignation of Joe Casey, which runs through the end of this year.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Herman Willie Taylor

A memorial service for Herman Willie Taylor, 74, of Kershaw, was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Todd Gandy officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Clarence Edward 'Ed" Laffin Jr.

Clarence Edward "Ed" Laffin Jr., of Lugoff, husband of Diane Cone Laffin, entered into rest Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Malcoln Everett Kilcrease

A graveside service to honor the life of Malcolm Everett Kilcrease, 87, of Lugoff, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Reverend Ron Bower will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Kilcrease's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC to Palmetto Utilities: fix Crab Apple Lane

On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Humane Society breaks ground for new shelter

The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 25, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Cassatt man and a Camden woman in separate drug cases recently.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fort Jackson’s commanding general speaks to Rotary

The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Thieves make off with ATM from Lugoff credit union

Someone managed to steal an entire automatic teller machine (ATM) from a credit union branch in Lugoff despite a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy's rapid response to an alarm.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lawmakers meet the public at annual breakfast

Four members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation gathered with interested local government officials and residents Friday during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Palmetto Utilities request reappears on KCC agenda

Less than a year ago, in April 2014, Palmetto Utilities Inc., a Richland County-based company with a wastewater treatment facility along Spears Creek in Kershaw County, asked Kershaw County Council to officially support its application for a permit to discharge wastewater into the creek. Currently, Palmetto utilizes a sandpit treatment method.

March 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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