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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


Phillips: The times, they are a-changin’

OK, so the time changed nearly two weeks ago, but this week's installment of my thoughts and musings is about the recent time change and the proverbial "extra hour of daylight" we get to enjoy from now until autumn.

March 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


CFD, LF-R Explorers take firsts at Columbia competition

Camden's and Lugoff's fire departments are often lauded as some of the best in South Carolina, and that legacy appears to also pertain to the next generation. Explorer Scout groups from both departments dominated a competition at the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia on March 14.

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


After a year, Kelly indicted for Briana Rabon’s murder

More than a year after 18-year-old Briana Rabon's abduction and murder, a grand jury has indicted her accused killer, Stephen Ross Kelly, 22, on charges of murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Both Rabon and Kelly lived in Lugoff, where Rabon had graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School less than a year before her death.

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


‘Career criminal’ arrested after high-speed chase

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man Sheriff Jim Matthews said is a "career criminal" after a chase Tuesday morning.

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


New Lugoff fire marshal has many duties

The Lugoff Fire District welcomed a new fire marshal to its ranks last summer, but he's no stranger to Lugoff or to the fire service. Will Catoe is a Camden native and graduated from Camden High School in 1997, then immediately went into firefighting with Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R).

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


Camden man wounded in drive-by shooting

A Camden man reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg Friday in what the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is calling a drive-by shooting.

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


Crime Report - March 18, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Lugoff on Friday.

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


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Local law enforcement meeting with public June 4

The Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County will host a public meeting with the county's leading law enforcement officials at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4 in the Camden High School auditorium.

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


Deputies nab fugitive in creek

The physical fitness and tenacity of two Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies is being credited in the arrest Saturday of a Camden man wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons (SCDPPP).

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


Cedars Memorial Day program honors late CHS cadet

An annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Cedars Cemetery in Camden on Friday honored the memory of a Camden High School (CHS) cadet who died earlier this year.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


County zoning ordinances face final approval Tuesday

Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday, with public hearings on, and third and final readings of, four ordinances which affect county planning and zoning on the agenda. The matters in question all passed their first two readings unanimously.

May 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Volunteers sought to speak to students on career choices

With economic development and workforce readiness being hot topics these days, SC Works is asking area business people to share their wisdom and skills with students in Kershaw County and the surrounding area so they will better understand what is needed in today's business world.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


FAC seeks input on theater projects

What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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