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‘Business park’ being made out of KershawHealth properties

Tuesday, Kershaw County Council passed first reading of an ordinance which, if passed on subsequent second and third readings, will transform what is now all of KershawHealth's properties into a joint business/industrial park with Chesterfield County.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden hosts sporting clays shooting competition

Camden played host to 35 teams of young skeet shooters Saturday, with nearly 500 high school students from all around South Carolina converging on Heritage Farms for the competition. The event is one of five such competitions scheduled around the state. The final state competition will be held in April in Clinton, according to King Haigler Sporting Clays Coach William Tetterton.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Fire destroys Elgin mobile home

Four fire departments responded to a mobile home fire on Leslie Branham Road in Elgin shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 14, 2015

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers responded to numerous complaints of thefts from vehicles in recent days.

January 14, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden drug dealer gets nine year sentence

A Camden man is headed to prison for nine years after pleading guilty Thursday to two counts each of trafficking crack cocaine and distributing crack cocaine within proximity of a school.

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


Speed limit lowered to 25 mph in Bethune

Drivers going through Bethune on U.S. 1 are being cautioned to watch their speed as the limit through town has been lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph. The announcement came from Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb during Thursday's Bethune Town Council meeting.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crooks impersonating officers to steal dogs

The Kershaw County Department of Safety and Emergency Services/Code Enforcement is cautioning residents to be wary of a crew of criminals impersonating code enforcement officers in order to steal dogs from their owners. Director Gene Faulkenberry issued a statement recently saying two men and a woman in a white Ford pickup truck had pulled their scam in the Lugoff and Cassatt areas of the county.

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


New, returning KCC members to be sworn in Tuesday

Two new members of Kershaw County Council will be sworn into office in a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two others who have retained their council seats.

January 12, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Two L-EHS students arrested for narcotics

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) students Wednesday on drug possession charges at the school.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Branham sworn in as Kershaw County probate judge

Kershaw County officially has its new probate judge with the swearing in Tuesday of Debbie Branham, who won the position in the November 2014 general election. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick "Rick" Todd administered the oath of office at the Kershaw County Courthouse as Branham's husband, Donald, held the Bible and her son, daughter and son-in-law stood nearby.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lack of hydrants delays LF-R efforts at house fire

A lack of fire hydrants delayed Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews getting more water to battle a two-story house fire on Lander Lane in Lugoff's Hunter Crossing subdivision shortly after midnight Wednesday. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said it is not uncommon for hydrants in rural subdivisions to be placed more than 1,000 feet apart, making it tough for firefighters to do their jobs.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: A lose-lose situation

Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.

January 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Crime Report - Jan. 7, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) reported a relatively quiet week, with several reports of minor incidents.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


David West takes office as county coroner

There's a new leader in the Kershaw County Coroner's Office, with Tuesday evening's swearing in ceremony for Coroner David West. West is no newcomer to the office, as he served as deputy coroner for several years under coroners Tommy Horton and recently retired Johnny Fellers. West ran unopposed for the job in 2014 after Fellers announced his intention to retire.

January 07, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visits Jackson Teen Center

United States Sen. Tim Scott paid a special visit to the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) in Camden on Dec. 30, to see firsthand the difference the facility is making for the youth of the community. Operated in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, JTC offers after-school activity and tutoring programs for youths who might otherwise be out on their own and more prone to mischief and trouble.

January 05, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


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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


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