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Training seminar for prospective umpires Sunday

Sports lovers looking for a part-time endeavor which can net them a few dollars this spring and summer are invited to learn baseball and softball officiating at special training seminars coming up soon. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department Athletic Director Shane Duncan said the first opportunity -- a Dixie Youth Umpire Certification session -- is this Sunday. It will be in the Old Armory gymnasium on DeKalb Street from 2 to 6 p.m. The fee is $20 for the training and $5 for a uniform patch.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Read Across America’ volunteers sought

Reading to children can make a difference in their lives and hopefully instill a love for reading in them at a young age. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) are partnering Feb. 27 for the annual "Read Across America" event. The chamber and district are seeking volunteers to visit Kershaw County's 11 elementary schools that morning to read Dr. Seuss books to students.

February 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 18, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a burglary call in Elgin on Feb. 11.

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


Camden man struck and killed by two vehicles

A Camden man died Thursday night after being struck by two vehicles on S.C. 34. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported Albert Linton Humphries, 51, was walking south, crossing S.C. 34 approximately 2 miles south of Camden when he was struck by a car driven by a 69-year-old man traveling westbound. The impact knocked Humphries across the highway into the eastbound lane where he was struck by another car, driven by a 45-year-old man.

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


CPD honors officers at annual banquet

The Camden Police Department (CPD) recognized its best sworn officers at its 17th annual Awards Night and Banquet on Feb. 10.

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


Bethune welcomes new town council member

Bethune Town Council is officially back up to a full roster of five with Thursday's swearing in of Cynthia Hunter, who was voted into office in a special election Jan. 27. Hunter will serve the remainder of the term left by the resignation of Joe Casey, which runs through the end of this year.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Herman Willie Taylor

A memorial service for Herman Willie Taylor, 74, of Kershaw, was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Todd Gandy officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Clarence Edward 'Ed" Laffin Jr.

Clarence Edward "Ed" Laffin Jr., of Lugoff, husband of Diane Cone Laffin, entered into rest Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Malcoln Everett Kilcrease

A graveside service to honor the life of Malcolm Everett Kilcrease, 87, of Lugoff, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Reverend Ron Bower will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Kilcrease's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


David Allen Hunter

A service to celebrate the life of David Allen Hunter, 73, of Camden will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden. The Rev. Mary D'Alessio will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton

Mrs. Lillie Bell Fletcher Bruton, 81, of 607 Conway Circle, Camden, passed Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Maria Joyner Bradsher

Mrs. Maria Joyner Bradsher, 104, of Camden passed on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Unity United Methodist Church, Camden, with burial at Unity United Methodist Church Cemetery, Camden.

February 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Phillips: Why, Brian, why?

I often write here about the news of the day, whether it is on a local level, statewide or beyond. There certainly is plenty of it, especially with so many news outlets on the internet and cable and satellite TV. Well, that may be a stretch sometimes, as many of the news outlets will report just about anything with little to no regard for the truth or whether a topic or event is indeed newsworthy.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC accepts KershawHealth EMS offer

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Kershaw County will become Kershaw County's responsibility July 1 following Kershaw County Council's 5-1 vote Tuesday to accept a $2.363 million payment from KershawHealth. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. voted against the proposal. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent.

February 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Teens’ arrests for home burglary clears up car break-ins

The arrest of four Camden teens in connection with a Jan. 27 burglary led to the arrest of a fifth young man, clearing up a series of car break-ins.

February 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Phillips: The entitled generation

In what could be considered an extension of my column from last week, which was about the misuse and abuse of government programs such as "food stamps," EBT cards and welfare, I've been giving the matter a lot of thought on a broader scale.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council looks at upcoming budget

Kershaw County Council and staff have started the annual task of crafting the county budget, which goes into effect July 1. Council held a workshop meeting Tuesday in which Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented a proposed general fund budget $280,907 less than the current $22.99 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that ends June 30.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sheriff’s foundation raises funds for bulletproof vests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) raised more than $5,000 April 14 with a fun-filled "roast" of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. The event in the Camden High School auditorium was the KCSF's second annual roast and the money raised will go towards bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies.

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


Heavy rains raise Lake Wateree levels

Heavy thunderstorms and accompanying rains during the past weekend in North Carolina caused a threat of flash floods along the Catawba River basin, which includes Lake Wateree at the southernmost end.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council takes first step to amend fire hydrant code

Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lake Wateree Association marks 25th anniversary

In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 15, 2015

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

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


Camden Military Academy hosts Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes, family members and fans converged on the football field at Camden Military Academy (CMA) on Friday for the annual Kershaw County Special Olympics. The day began with a bus parade from the Kmart shopping center in Camden along DeKalb Street and ending at CMA east of Camden.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Chicken Strut could return to Bethune

Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council to consider zoning law changes

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO named Agency of the Year for fourth straight year

Honors and accolades continue to come in for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), as the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the KCSO its Agency of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award is given to the top law enforcement agencies in the state in divisions based on the size of the agency. The KCSO won in the category for agencies with 51 to 100 officers.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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