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Elgin man arrested for domestic assault

An Elgin man with a long list of arrests for criminal domestic violence is back in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) as of Thursday.

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


Lugoff man arrested for sexual conduct with teen

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Donnie Lee Hudson, 32, of Lugoff, on two counts of criminal sexual conduct on a minor under 14 years of age. According to a KCSO press release, investigators first arrested Hudson on May 13.

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


Elgin couple arrested on heroin charges

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin couple on heroin charges Tuesday morning, the culmination of an investigation into possible heroin dealing at their Rabon Circle home.

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


Drug charges after 102 mph chase on I-20

An Anderson man with a long arrest history added to his resume Sunday when Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested him with a variety of illegal drugs on I-20.

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


Arts Arising at FAC broadening children’s horizons

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is conducting a series of entertaining and educational events for children this summer called "Arts Arising." The program includes acting, music, visual arts and more, and each session includes a question and answer time between the audience and the artists.

June 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - June 10, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft Friday of a 53-foot trailer and its contents from a business on U.S. 601 South in Lugoff.

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


KCC nears approval of annual budget

Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday for its first meeting in June, with third and final reading of the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 on the agenda.

June 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Law enforcement leaders address public

Local and state law enforcement chiefs met with the public Thursday evening in a program hosted by the Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County. Panelists in Camden High School's auditorium included Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Chris Williamson. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb also attended. Rev. Dr. Augustus Rodgers, pastor of Unity United Methodist Church in Lugoff served as the master of ceremonies.

June 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rainfall damages Lugoff barber shop roof

Heavy rains in Kershaw County caused damage to the roof and ceiling of a Lugoff business Tuesday night.

June 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Suominen announces expansion in Bethune

Suominen, a Helskinki, Finland, global manufacturer, announced plans Tuesday to expand its Bethune facility in Kershaw County, creating at least 25 new jobs. Suominen is the world's leading supplier of nonwoven textiles, such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, swabs and similar products used primarily for cleaning.

June 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


County council amends extension for KH letter of intent

The Kershaw County Council met in a special called meeting Friday morning to amend the 30-day extension they approved Tuesday for a "letter of intent" (LOI) related to the sale of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare, a Franklin, Tenn. company.

June 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: ‘To protect and serve’

Every now and then I revisit a topic I've already written about here, especially when there's new information to pass along or a new observation I've made or conclusion I've reached. Such is the case this week.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC approves KH, Capella deal extension

Progress on the deal that will create a strategic partnership between KershawHealth and a Tennessee healthcare company reportedly continues forward, but the parties involved, including Kershaw County, have agreed to extend the negotiations an additional 30 days while the final details are sorted out.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bear sightings reported to police

Sporadic reports of a black bear spotted in Camden this week remain unconfirmed as the Camden Police Department (CPD) said responding officers have not seen the animal. CPD Capt. Mike Stone said Wednesday the department had received calls, but officers were unable to verify the presence of a bear within the city limits.

May 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


NAACP leads march through Kershaw County

Motorists on U.S. 1 in Kershaw County may have been temporarily delayed Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning as a march organized by the NAACP ...

August 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


West Wateree Playground Project breaks ground

The West Wateree Playground Project took a major step toward completion with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning at the site off U.S. 1 between ...

August 31, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County Council considers economic development investments

While the recently announced $72 million expansion and 410 new jobs at Haier America in Camden is largely considered a big step forward in Kershaw ...

August 28, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Move to new center prompts special pet adoption rate

As the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter begins to close down so staff and animals can relocate to the all-new Meyer-Thiel Pet Adoption Center on ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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