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The Fourth of July

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Fire chiefs urge caution with fireworks

July 4 is celebrated in many ways, with cookouts, patriotic concerts and parades. But one fun thing about the holiday that carries the potential for danger is fireworks. Kershaw County fire chiefs want everyone to have fun on the 4th, but to also use caution and common sense when dealing with fireworks.

July 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCSO Lt. graduates FBI academy

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Lt. Steve Knafelc graduated from the 255th Session of the FBI (FBI) National Academy on June 13. In a ceremony held at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., Knafelc graduated along with law enforcement officials from the District of Columbia, 17 countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

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


LF-R recognizes Lugoff resident

Members of Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) members and the Lugoff Fire District Board of Commissioners recognized Lugoff citizen Sidney Butler at the board's monthly meeting June 23. Chief Dennis Ray said Butler was recognized and presented a plaque for his service to the Lugoff community and the fire department by providing support and input for community and county growth projects.

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


Elderly man leads deputies on low-speed chase

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies stopped an elderly man in Lee County after a low-speed chase on I-20 following an alert for a reckless driver without headlights on I-20 in Kershaw County.

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


Hewitt is first KCSO drug recognition expert deputy

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt recently received Drug Recognition Expert certification (DRE) following completion of a training, evaluation and testing program. Hewitt is the first law enforcement officer from the KCSO to receive this certification.

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


KH to team with orthopedic experts

Kershaw County area residents who need joint replacement may soon be able to have their procedures done at KershawHealth under a plan its board of trustees is working toward.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Camden jewel thief arrested in Charlotte

The Camden Police Department (CPD) charged an Indiana man who recently relocated to Charlotte, N.C., for allegedly stealing three rings from two Camden jewelry stores this month. CPD Chief Joe Floyd identified the man as Justin Charles Tarpley, 32, whose official address is in Porter, Ind. Floyd said diligent investigation by Det. Dallas Rabon resulted in Tarpley's capture.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns wins Republican nomination for KCC chair

Retired U.S. Army General Julian Burns will represent the Republican party for Kershaw County Council Chairman in the November 4 general election after winning a runoff Tuesday against Ben Connell. Burns, Connell and Gene Hartis ran on the Republican ballot in the June 10 primary. Burns received the most votes, but less than 50 percent, so a runoff was required with Hartis, who received the second highest number of votes. Hartis, however, decided to withdraw from the race, which allowed Connell to face Burns in the runoff.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


KCC approves 2 percent raise for employees

Calling it "a good night for Kershaw County citizens," County Councilman Jimmy Jones successfully introduced several new amendments, including a 2 percent pay raise for county employees, to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget at council's meeting Tuesday. Council passed third and final reading of the budget at its June 17 meeting, but several members made a request to reconsider the budget Tuesday night.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Common sense isn’t so common any more

Early this week I had an interesting conversation with a downtown Camden businessman. I was walking the area doing our weekly "Sidewalk Survey" feature for Wednesday's paper and I went into this gentleman's store to see if I might find a survey participant. I did find one.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO arrests heroin dealer

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man on June 20, and charged him with trafficking heroin.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Summer time treats

What is your favorite summer food?

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Runoff election sees light voter traffic

Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide one Kershaw County race and others statewide. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said at 12:30 p.m. voter turnout had been steady, but light. She said light turnout is common for runoff elections.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Crime Report - June 25, 2014

For the second time in less than two weeks, another Camden jewelry store is reporting being robbed by a man posing as a customer.

June 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


I don’t celebrate ‘Turkey Day’

This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune ‘blighted property’ owners may face fines

Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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