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KCSO bloodhound team locates missing 84-year-old man

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) bloodhound team located a missing elderly Cassatt man near his home Sunday. According to a KCSO press release, deputies were notified around 11 a.m. of the 84-year-old man's disappearance. They also learned he suffered from health problems.

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council meets Tuesday

Kershaw County Council will receive a final update on the Community Playground Project between Lugoff and Elgin during its meeting Tuesday evening. The playground is being funded completely by private donations and will be built on land provided by county council at the West Wateree Athletic Complex on U.S. 1.

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


VisionKershaw 2030

With Kershaw County growing at a steady pace, the county government is looking to the future and asking for citizen input on priorities and concerns for the next 15 years and beyond. State law requires counties to have a comprehensive plan and update it every 10 years. Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Department Director Carolyn Hammond said she and county planners realize their role as public servants and want to know in which direction county residents and taxpayers want to go.

July 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Burglars arrested after being ‘caught in the act’

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested three county men Saturday after they were caught burglarizing a home on White Street in Camden.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The roots run deep

My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - July 22, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin man Friday and charged him with third-degree burglary and several car break-ins after learning his identity from a cellphone he apparently dropped during his alleged crime spree.

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah VFD gets $27,000 grant for gear

The Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department recently received a $27,096 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The department will use the funds to purchase new turnout gear for the firefighters.

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


County council honors former treasurer Steve Vincent

Kershaw County Council held a relatively short meeting Tuesday which included the unanimous passage of a resolution honoring the years of service and valuable innovations by recently retired county Treasurer Steve Vincent.

July 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Elgin man killed when motorcycle strikes deer

An Elgin man was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle struck a deer on U.S. 1 near Bookman Road just outside of Elgin.

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


Phillips: What’s your soundtrack?

Sometimes the inspiration for my weekly column comes from the strangest of places. Often, there's a hot news story, usually controversial, I feel like espousing my opinion about. That's not so strange. Other times, I think back to something which has happened in my life, hopefully funny, to share with you. That also is not particularly strange. But this week the idea came to me as I sat at home playing my guitar and trying to figure out some new songs I had never played before. None of them were really "new," but they were new to me.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - July 15, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a report of at least two shots fired at a Cassatt business sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, while the store was closed.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R battles woods fire with help from other departments

Crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and other Kershaw County fire departments battled a 30-acre woods fire Saturday caused by a passing freight train behind the Pepperidge Subdivision in Lugoff off U.S. 1.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council to recognize Steve Vincent

Kershaw County Council will consider a resolution Tuesday honoring outgoing County Treasurer Steve Vincent.

July 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


State rep says Bethune should reject four-way stop

Should the town of Bethune have a traffic light or a four-way stop at the junction of U.S. 1 and S.C. 341 in the heart of town? The town recently requested a traffic light to control vehicle flow through the area, but the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) offered a four-way stop as a compromise, after conducting a traffic study.

July 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


New animal adoption center almost ready

As construction continues on the new home of the Humane Society of Kershaw County, generous benefactors also continue to donate funds being matched dollar-for-dollar by Columbia software designer Austin Meyer. The Humane Society hopes to soon relocate from the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter to its remodeled facility on Black River Road near I-20 southeast of Camden. The building was formerly a Coca-Cola bottling plant and will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center, after Meyer and local animal advocate, the late Judy Thiel.

July 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


‘Fill the Boot’ for MDA is this week

As Kershaw County enters the annual Labor Day weekend, it's also time for local fire departments to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association ...

September 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Sept. 2, 2015

A man injured in a home invasion on Salt Pond Road in Lugoff near Ridgeway spent several days unable to move before being discovered by ...

September 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Community Theater launches new season

The Camden Community Theater (CCT) at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County kicked off its 2015-2016 season Thursday with a special event at ...

September 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


NAACP leads march through Kershaw County

Motorists on U.S. 1 in Kershaw County may have been temporarily delayed Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning as a march organized by the NAACP ...

August 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


West Wateree Playground Project breaks ground

The West Wateree Playground Project took a major step toward completion with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning at the site off U.S. 1 between ...

August 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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