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Back to school means back to work for KCSO dog Elsa

While school went back in session in Kershaw County this week, it was back to work for Elsa, a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) K-9 and her handler, Sgt. Mike Lyons. Lyons is the supervisor for the KCSO's school resource officers (SROs). Elsa is a 2-year-old German Shepherd donated to the KCSO by Beverly Conley of Blythewood in December 2013.

August 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Haier breaks ground on $72 million expansion

Haier America, with help from Gov. Nikki Haley, officially broke ground on the $72 million expansion to the company's existing $40 million Camden manufacturing facility Thursday afternoon. The project will increase the square footage of the plant from the current 365,000 to 550,000 and is expected to add 410 new full-time jobs during the next five years, growing the plant's production by approximately 50 percent..

August 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business

Phillips: A fresh start

As students in Kershaw County head back to school this week and others across the state and the nation have already returned or soon will, there is a certain anticipation as to what the 2015-2016 school year will bring.

August 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Crime Report - Aug. 19, 2015

A Camden man said he was stabbed in the back by an unknown assailant Aug. 13.

August 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Bethune gets green light on traffic light project

Motorists traveling through Bethune lately have likely noticed a four-way stop installed at the intersection of U.S. 1 and S.C. 341 in the heart of town. That will soon be changed to an electronic traffic light, which is what Bethune Town Council and Police Chief Joey Cobb have wanted all along.

August 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

KCC considers bonds for economic development

Kershaw County Council is considering issuing general obligation bonds to fund economic development projects, but details of any projects and expected costs have yet to be determined. The issue was a major topic of discussion at council's meeting Tuesday.

August 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Naturalist Tom Mancke visits Golden Club

Many would call Tom Mancke a world traveler, but the good news is he has always come back to his native South Carolina with stories and artifacts to share from his travels. Mancke was the guest speaker at the Aug. 6 meeting of The Golden Club in Camden. He has taught Natural History at Hammond School in Columbia for more than 25 years. Mancke said he feels a strong philosophical connection to all things, living or not, and he shares his experiences with his students.

August 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous

Haier to break ground on expansion Thursday


August 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business

Traffic fatalities result in extra SCHP presence

Additional S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers will be on Kershaw County's roads in the weeks ahead following five fatalities in one week.

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

Crime Report - Aug. 12, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating an alleged sexual assault reported Saturday.

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

Phillips: Hey buddy, got a light?

I guess I'll have to admit I am a living contradiction. That could apply to a lot of aspects of my life, but what I am specifically referring to here is my love/hate relationship with modern technology. My regular readers are well aware of this.

August 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Missing Camden girls found safe

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) found two missing teenage Camden girls on Monday.

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

Company expanding to tune of $72,134,500

County officials are keeping details confidential, but based on an agenda for Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting, a local industry appears ready to undergo a major expansion.

August 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

PARD Grant pushes fundraising for Bethune sign to goal

The town of Bethune recently received an $8,000 Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Grant town leaders said brings a fundraising effort to buy a programmable message sign for the town to its $25,000 goal.

August 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Camden mourns the passing of Drew David

Family, friends and peers are mourning the passing of 17-year-old Robert Edmond "Drew" David IV from injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash Monday evening. The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) said Drew would have soon been entering his senior year at Camden High School (CHS) and was a popular member of the Bulldog football and baseball teams.

August 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden

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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips

Three new businesses open in Bethune

Downtown Bethune is celebrating the openings of three new businesses, all of which held ribbon cutting ceremonies Wednesday.

October 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business

Phillips: My last hurrah?

As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country ...

September 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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