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KCC set to discuss EMS’ future

Funding for and the delivery of emergency management services (EMS) is back on the agenda for Tuesday night's Kershaw County Council meeting. Council originally planned to discuss the issue during its Jan. 27, but tabled the matter until Tuesday night.

February 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: The true meaning of bittersweet

Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. House elects Bill Funderburk to judgeship

The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Lugoff vandalism under investigation

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating a series of vandalisms in and around Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) early Thursday morning. Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said someone opened several fire hydrants on and around school property around 1 a.m..

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fitness Zone nears 15 years of operation in Lugoff

(The Chronicle-Independent celebrates Black History Month in February with a series of stories on area businesses owned and operated by African-Americans, starting with Fitness Zone in Lugoff and owner George Gibson.)

February 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


Crime Report - Feb. 4, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies dealt with two more car chases in recent days.

February 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


SCSO investigating Camden man’s death

What appeared to be a Camden man's death in Sumter County due to a car crash is now being investigated as a homicide. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is investigating the death of Johnny Singleton, 65, of Camden, who was in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 521 North near Rembert just inside Sumter County.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


CHS student killed in one-vehicle crash

Camden High School (CHS) students and staff and others in the community are mourning the unexpected death of 16-year-old Lomar Clark, a CHS student who was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Friday, apparently while on his way to school.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R contains manufactured home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews contained a fire in a manufactured home early Wednesday on Dru Lane off S.C. 34 in Lugoff in the Pine Grove Fire District.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune dedicates new picnic shelter funded by state grant

Bethune residents and visitors have a new picnic shelter to use and enjoy at Copeland Park, thanks in large part to an $8,500 Parks and Recreational Development (PARD) grant, a program which provides funds to build or improve parks and related facilities in South Carolina.

February 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Phillips: Using technology for good

In the past two weeks, I have written, respectively, about some of the wonderful things we have here in Kershaw County and how often those things get taken for granted. Two weeks back, my focus was on the artistic and cultural offerings we have, along with recreation facilities and programs for participants of nearly any age and the economic boost that gives us when players and teams from out of town converge on us for sports tournaments, equine events and much more.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


911 call center can now receive text messages

Kershaw County is leading South Carolina as the state's first county to have the ability for its 911 emergency call center to receive text messages. Officials demonstrated the new technology during a special presentation Tuesday afternoon in the county council chamber inside the Kershaw County Government Center.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council tables EMS issue

Kershaw County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the issue of who will provide the county with emergency medical services (EMS). KershawHealth currently provides the service, but with the pending lease of hospital real estate and purchase of its furniture, fixtures and equipment to Capella Healthcare, a private company in Franklin, Tenn., who will take responsibility for providing, and funding, EMS is undecided.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune elects Hunter to council

Bethune Town Council will soon be back up to full strength as voters elected Cynthia Hunter in a special election Tuesday to fill a seat vacated by Joe Casey, who resigned late last year.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Volunteers sought to speak to students on career choices

With economic development and workforce readiness being hot topics these days, SC Works is asking area business people to share their wisdom and skills with students in Kershaw County and the surrounding area so they will better understand what is needed in today's business world.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


FAC seeks input on theater projects

What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - May 20, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is looking for a man and a woman who managed to walk out of a Camden department store with more than $2,800 worth of jewelry Friday.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Four-way stop coming to Bethune

The town of Bethune is getting traffic assistance from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) with the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 1 (King Street) and S.C. 341 (Main Street). The intersection currently has flashing yellow caution lights for U.S. 1 traffic and flashing red stop lights for S.C. 341.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Tucker still living in District 2

Kershaw County District 2 Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. has changed his residence, but still lives in District 2, which keeps him eligible to serve on council. Tucker said a pending divorce resulted in his home on Spring Hill Road being foreclosed and, during the past several weeks, he has been staying with a relative.

May 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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