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Long-time car salesman retiring from Lugoff Ford

After 51 years working in Lugoff, Richard Leadingham is retiring. He is well known in the community, as he has been a car salesman for 21 years at the Toyota Store and Lugoff Ford since retiring from DuPont after a 30-year career there. He said the biggest change he's seen in the auto business has been the use of technology.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


KCSO makes two drug arrests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two suspects in similar cases this week.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 24, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Camden man Thursday for trafficking cocaine after stopping the man for speeding.

December 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: A Merry Christmas to all

I am a big believer in everyone's right to think and feel however they choose to. It's really what makes us all American and, to make it even broader, it's what makes us all human. If I don't happen to agree with your point of view, I still respect your right to have that point of view.

December 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Camden hosts statewide recreation conference

For the first time, Camden recently hosted the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association's annual board retreat, Dec. 4 and 5. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Director Joe Eason said the retreat is usually held in Charleston, but the association chose Camden because of its central location and hospitality.

December 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County helping to pay for Bethune water tower repairs

Bethune's work to repair and refurbish the town's aging water tower took a big step toward being completed Thursday when Kershaw County Councilman Tom Gardner presented Bethune Town Council a $33,000 check from the county.

December 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCC approves negotiations for KershawHealth-Capella/MUSC deal

During a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council approved the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' decision to draft a letter of intent concerning a deal between the county's public healthcare system and a partnership comprised of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

December 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Watch out for the Grinch

The holiday season is traditionally a time for joy and celebration. It's a time when we may be able to see family members and friends who we seldom get to see because of distance or available time. For many of us, it's the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, there are options in the form of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday celebration you may choose.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


This puppy and kitten need homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Shelly, a 4-month-old male boxer/lab mix. He has litter mates also available for adoption. Also up for adoption is Squeaky, a 8-month-old female domestic shorthaired tabby kitten. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the ...

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Pets


Stover SRO helping raise funds for children orphaned by Ebola

The Ebola outbreak has affected few Americans so far, but the crisis is epic in western Africa, where thousands have already died from the virus. One Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy is doing what he can to help.

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


County council says goodbye to Smoak, Wise

Kershaw County Council bade farewell to a councilman and its chairman at its last regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Council normally would have a second meeting this month, but cancelled it due to the Dec. 23 date falling so close to Christmas.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Dec. 10, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Blackstock man with a long criminal history following a high speed chase in Lugoff early Friday.

December 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Charge dropped against Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr.

The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CSSO) and 3rd District Solicitor's Office have dropped a charge against Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. in connection with his arrest for allegedly unlawfully selling a truck and trailer. Tucker's attorney, Reggie Lloyd, said a charge of "unlawful disposal of personal property subject to security interest" has been dropped.

December 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County to offer economic expansion incentives

Kershaw County Council will consider Tuesday providing financial incentives to Hengst Inc. to continue with an $8.5 million expansion expected to create 20 new jobs. The proposal is on council's agenda Tuesday night, council's only meeting for the month.

December 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Another place and time

The inspiration and subject for this weekly column comes from a variety of sources. Some come easily while others are not quite so obvious. Writing about a holiday or something that's in the news doesn't require a lot of pondering, while other subjects don't present themselves quite as readily.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

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


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


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