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Keeping ‘the dream’ alive

People packed into Camden's Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Monday evening for the community's annual remembrance of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP's Camden-Kershaw County branch sponsored the event, presided over by 1st Vice President Rev. Kenneth Carter.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Carrie Mae McDaniel

Mrs. Carrie Mae McDaniel, 80, of Greenville, and formerly of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 12, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lois Thomas Bradford. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing services will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at One p.m., at Mount Calvary Holiness Church, Rembert, with burial in Saint James Holiness Church Cemetery, Camden. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the McDaniel Family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Frank Brunson Tidwell

Ivanhoe, Va. - Frank Brunson Tidwell, Jr., 56, of Ivanhoe, Va. and formerly of Camden passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United In Christ Holiness Church, Ivanhoe, Va. Arrangements by Reese Funeral Home, Austinville, Va.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Magnolia Belton

Mrs. Magnolia Belton, 91, of 314 King St., Camden, died Saturday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Belton family.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: Small town doesn’t mean small time

I have written here before about how much I like Camden and Kershaw County. That's not just an attempt to get on and stay on "the good side" of those who have always called this wonderful place home. It really is from my heart, and I've lived in enough different places to be able to make that kind of determination. I know the difference.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Three county councilmen and chairman sworn in Tuesday

Kershaw County Council officially welcomed a new councilman and chairman at a special swearing-in ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two other councilmen reelected to their seats for the next four years.

January 16, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘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


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Articles By Author - Gary Phillips


Phillips: The entitled generation

In what could be considered an extension of my column from last week, which was about the misuse and abuse of government programs such as "food stamps," EBT cards and welfare, I've been giving the matter a lot of thought on a broader scale.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council looks at upcoming budget

Kershaw County Council and staff have started the annual task of crafting the county budget, which goes into effect July 1. Council held a workshop meeting Tuesday in which Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented a proposed general fund budget $280,907 less than the current $22.99 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that ends June 30.

April 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Sheriff’s foundation raises funds for bulletproof vests

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) raised more than $5,000 April 14 with a fun-filled "roast" of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. The event in the Camden High School auditorium was the KCSF's second annual roast and the money raised will go towards bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rains raise Lake Wateree levels

Heavy thunderstorms and accompanying rains during the past weekend in North Carolina caused a threat of flash floods along the Catawba River basin, which includes Lake Wateree at the southernmost end.

April 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: For those who truly need it

I read with great interest last week news reports about a lawmaker in Missouri proposing tighter restrictions on what food products would be allowed to be purchased using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is the modern-day equivalent of what is commonly called "food stamps," and is a government-provided program for people of lower income to acquire food. EBT cards have a benefit amount credited to them each month and at the store function the same as a debit or credit card.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


County council takes first step to amend fire hydrant code

Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Lake Wateree Association marks 25th anniversary

In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.

April 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - April 15, 2015

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden Military Academy hosts Special Olympics

Hundreds of athletes, family members and fans converged on the football field at Camden Military Academy (CMA) on Friday for the annual Kershaw County Special Olympics. The day began with a bus parade from the Kmart shopping center in Camden along DeKalb Street and ending at CMA east of Camden.

April 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Chicken Strut could return to Bethune

Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council to consider zoning law changes

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

April 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The mysterious masked man

Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.

April 10, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO named Agency of the Year for fourth straight year

Honors and accolades continue to come in for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), as the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the KCSO its Agency of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award is given to the top law enforcement agencies in the state in divisions based on the size of the agency. The KCSO won in the category for agencies with 51 to 100 officers.

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


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