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‘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


Camden man charged with sexual assault against girl

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Camden man Friday on charges he allegedly tried to force himself sexually on a 14-year-old girl.

March 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune council sets money aside for town sign fund

Bethune Town Council would like to purchase and erect a message sign in town to inform residents and visitors of community events and news. Council discussed the idea at its March meeting Thursday. Councilman Don Witham first introduced the idea in February when he said the sign would cost approximately $20,000. Messages would be programmed from Bethune Town Hall.

March 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Kershaw County is open for business’

"Kershaw County is open for business."

March 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Promises, promises

This column is printed every Friday in the Chronicle-Independent, but, like everything else we do, it has to be written at least a day or two ahead of going to print. I normally write my column on Wednesday. That's what I did last week, as usual. My point is, I would have written this column last week if I could have.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Dog training fundraiser exceeds goal by $200

A fundraiser by Kershaw Masonic Lodge No. 29 to help pay for training a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) drug dog named Elsa exceeded its goal March 7. Lodge Worshipful Master Brett Perry said the training will cost $3,800 and the event -- a steak dinner at the Masons Lodge -- raised $4,000.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


West Wateree Playground fundraising enters final phase

Organizers of the West Wateree Playground project now report they are only $80,000 away from their fundraising goal of $300,000. More good news may soon be coming as the project is a finalist in the running for a $50,000 grant. The plan is to build a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible playground at the West Wateree Athletic complex off U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


EMS ordinances pass second readings

The plan for Kershaw County to take over the emergency medical service (EMS) July 1 continues to progress, as Kershaw County Council passed second reading on three ordinances Tuesday. EMS is presently provided by KershawHealth, which is working out final details of a deal to have the hospital's real estate assets leased to and furniture, fixtures and equipment purchased by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. Capella would operate the hospital partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 11, 2015

An Elgin man reported the theft of farm equipment and a car from his deceased brother's property March 4.

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


KCSO reports successful night of alcohol compliance checks

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews reported some good news this week, as a series of alcohol compliance checks Monday night resulted in no citations issued to businesses for selling to underage customers.

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


KCSO arrests two for passing counterfeit bills

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Columbia residents Friday for allegedly passing counterfeit money and attempting to obtain money by fraud.

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


County council continues moving ahead on EMS

Kershaw County Council is set to continue making progress in taking over emergency management services from KershawHealth as it meets Tuesday evening by considering second readings of three ordinances related to the matter.

March 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


KCC approves KCSD budget

Smiles and handshakes filled the Kershaw County Council chamber Tuesday night after council approved the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) budget by a 5-2 vote. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the KCSD requested a budget increase of $397,000, to be used for pay increases for teachers and other staff.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two teens charged with multiple auto break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two young men Wednesday on charges of five counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of burglary and one count of petit larceny.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in Sandhills Bank robbery

Two men are in jail today, charged in Tuesday's armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune branch of Sandhills Bank robbed Tuesday

A man robbed the Sandhills Bank in Bethune Tuesday morning. Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation processed the scene Tuesday and sorted out evidence.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 24, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of approximately $5,000 worth of horse equipment from a barn on Dry Branch Road, Lugoff.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Two arrested after Elgin shooting incident

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Elgin residents Saturday after deputies responded to a 911 call of shots fired near Walking Horse Lane in Elgin.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune hosts vigil for Charleston victims

In the wake of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where nine people were gunned down during a Bible study, groups throughout the state have pulled together in a unified effort of faith, respect and honor for the victim's and their families.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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