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Arrest made in Dixon killing

A man Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators said they wanted to talk to about a March 22 shooting death on Black River Road is now charged with murder.

April 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Leading the way

It takes a great many people to make the Carolina Cup the success it is every year. But one group that may go unnoticed at the event is the crew of "outriders," volunteers who serve many roles during the annual event.

March 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Judge’s portrait hung at courthouse

Judge Mendel L. Smith (1870-1934), the 5th Judicial Circuit's second judge, is now immortalized with a portrait placed in the main courtroom on the third floor at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Smith was also a Camden attorney, a Kershaw County legislator and speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He also made several unsuccessful runs for South Carolina governor.

March 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Let’s fill up ‘The Cup’

What I am told is the biggest annual event in Kershaw County is tomorrow, and I get to experience it for the first time. The 82nd Carolina Cup is here, and as the newest member of the Chronicle-Independent staff, I get the honor of attending and documenting the event.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Connell running for KCC chair

Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for Kershaw County Council Chairman. Kershaw County native Ben Connell made the announcement earlier this week.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Airport business wants new hangar

One of Woodward Field's two aircraft businesses wants to build a new hangar to replace one dating back to 1941. Frank Shumpert, head of Aircraft Maintenance Services (AMS), spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday. Shumpert said his company has been at Woodward Field, also known as Kershaw County Airport, for 15 years.

March 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R Explorers, Junior Firefighters excel

Fire departments and technology centers from all over South Carolina sent firefighting Explorers and Junior Firefighters to compete in a competition at the S.C. Fire Academy in Columbia on March 8. The academy asked crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) to coordinate the event after a successful similar event at the S.C. Firefighter's Association Conference in June 2013. One hundred forty-eight individual Explorers and Junior Firefighters and 24 teams competed at this first-annual event during the annual Southeastern Fire School.

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO looking for man in weekend shooting

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking a man in connection with the shooting death of a Camden man Saturday. In a press release, Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the man investigators want to talk to as 22-year-old Robert Wendell Simon. The sheriff said investigators want to talk to Simon about the death of Antwan Dixon, 25, of Black River Road, Camden.

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Childhood books

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Childhood Memories

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

March 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Public presentations scheduled for KCC meet

Kershaw County Council will hear two public presentations during its meeting Tuesday evening.

March 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Chamber hosts annual legislative breakfast

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Forum and Breakfast at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday morning. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said the event allows representatives from the local, state and federal governments to share concerns with chamber members.

March 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


County council starts budget process

Kershaw County Council took the first step toward working out the county's fiscal year 2014-2015 budget with a special workshop meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the meeting was to present a basic overview of the budget, and that council has more meetings planned to discuss more specific budget matters. The proposed budget does not call for a tax increase and Carpenter said only a few fees will go up.

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Election filing period now open

The filing period for those people wishing to run for countywide elected offices opened Monday and will run through Sunday, March 30. Kershaw County Director of Registration and Elections Rosalind Watson said her office will be open normal hours through March 28 and will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 and 30.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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Three rabies cases reported in Camden

Three Kershaw County residents are undergoing treatment for rabies after contracting the disease from the same stray cat. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) reported the cat exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 in Camden before being captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat as rabid on July 23.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Man arrested for attacking son

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 30, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Time to take a trip

Have you ever taken a train trip? If not, where would you like to ride a train to?

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


California fugitive arrested in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators and Oceanside (Calif.) Police Department (OPD) investigators arrested a Camden woman who apparently moved to Camden on the run from the law in California.

July 28, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘Like ducks to water’

A group of Kershaw County children have learned to swim this week, thanks to a partnership between the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) and First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden. Patty Rose is the director of urban missions for FBC and said she became aware of the need for the swim lessons when kids in her program attended a pool party.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council revising procurement code

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would modify the county's procurement code that regulates purchases. Before the vote, County Attorney Ken DuBose explained a proposed amendment to the ordinance.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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