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Going to the Beach

What is your favorite beach to visit and why?

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Kershaw man arrested on sex charges

A Lancaster County man is behind bars in Kershaw County, charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Grant Adam Helms Jr., 24, of Old Camden Road in the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement released to the press that Helms turned himself in on April 8 and admitted his actions.

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


Three public hearings on Kershaw County Council agenda

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings during its meeting Tuesday, covering subjects previously voted on and approved by council.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


A happy Mother’s Day

Millions of mothers across the Unites States and the world were recognized Sunday for their contributions to their families and to society as a whole. But one Lugoff mother and grandmother had three extra reasons to celebrate this Mother's Day weekend. Mary Schneck had three grandchildren graduate from three separate universities, one Friday and two Saturday.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Water rates going up in Bethune

Bethune residents who receive water service from the town will soon see a rate increase. Bethune Town Council announced the rate increase at its May meeting on Thursday. Councilman Don Witham reported the town's water rates are lower than other water providers in the area and the added money is needed for necessary repairs to the town's water tank and delivery system.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune students plant butterfly garden

Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


An ounce of prevention

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and S.C. Fire Marshal's Office (SCFMO) would rather prevent fires and the tragedies they bring than fight them. With that mission, the two agencies recently joined forces April 24 in Camden's Kirkwood community to provide and install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and share fire prevention information with residents. The project was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Mother's Day Plans

What are your Mother's Day plans?

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Honoring mothers in Camden

The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 7, 2014

A Kershaw man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his truck in the early morning hours Sunday.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


DHEC's answers about Palmetto Utilities request

When Stan Jones, president of Palmetto Utilities, recently sought Kershaw County Council's support for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Spears Creek, council members left with a number of unanswered questions. That was because the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) did not send a representative to a council workshop to answer some of those questions.

May 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Our friends in blue

I have several different duties and assignments here at the Chronicle-Independent, but picking my favorite is not something I have to think very hard or long about. It's covering crime news and the activities and efforts of the Camden Police Department (CPD) and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). There's always something different, sometimes humorous and never boring. Every now and then it's tragic and that part is not fun at all, but our job is to get the news into the hands of the people, even if, or especially if, it's not good news.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Kershaw County Council considers new budget

Users of Kershaw County's recreation facilities and programs may soon have to pay more for the privilege if Kershaw County Council passes a proposed budget presented at a special workshop Tuesday evening. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the proposed budget is balanced without a tax increase.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 30, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Camden woman on a weapons charge April 17 after she allegedly left a handgun in the restroom of a fast food restaurant.

April 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Sports Figures

Who is your favorite all-time sports figure?

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Camp Emmanuel kids learn about fruits and vegetables

More than 25 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, learned about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating as part of Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly Produce Manager Jane Hunter explained a wide variety of fresh produce and provided samples for the children with the help of Jessica March, another Piggly Wiggly produce department worker who cut the fruits and vegetables into bite-size pieces.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous


Crime Report - July 23, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer answered a call to KershawHealth on Saturday in response to a patient with a bullet wound.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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