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Phillips: Promises, promises

This column is printed every Friday in the Chronicle-Independent, but, like everything else we do, it has to be written at least a day or two ahead of going to print. I normally write my column on Wednesday. That's what I did last week, as usual. My point is, I would have written this column last week if I could have.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Dog training fundraiser exceeds goal by $200

A fundraiser by Kershaw Masonic Lodge No. 29 to help pay for training a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) drug dog named Elsa exceeded its goal March 7. Lodge Worshipful Master Brett Perry said the training will cost $3,800 and the event -- a steak dinner at the Masons Lodge -- raised $4,000.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


West Wateree Playground fundraising enters final phase

Organizers of the West Wateree Playground project now report they are only $80,000 away from their fundraising goal of $300,000. More good news may soon be coming as the project is a finalist in the running for a $50,000 grant. The plan is to build a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible playground at the West Wateree Athletic complex off U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


EMS ordinances pass second readings

The plan for Kershaw County to take over the emergency medical service (EMS) July 1 continues to progress, as Kershaw County Council passed second reading on three ordinances Tuesday. EMS is presently provided by KershawHealth, which is working out final details of a deal to have the hospital's real estate assets leased to and furniture, fixtures and equipment purchased by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. Capella would operate the hospital partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina.

March 13, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - March 11, 2015

An Elgin man reported the theft of farm equipment and a car from his deceased brother's property March 4.

March 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO reports successful night of alcohol compliance checks

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews reported some good news this week, as a series of alcohol compliance checks Monday night resulted in no citations issued to businesses for selling to underage customers.

March 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests two for passing counterfeit bills

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Columbia residents Friday for allegedly passing counterfeit money and attempting to obtain money by fraud.

March 11, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council continues moving ahead on EMS

Kershaw County Council is set to continue making progress in taking over emergency management services from KershawHealth as it meets Tuesday evening by considering second readings of three ordinances related to the matter.

March 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Kershaw County students learn ‘hands only’ CPR

When a person's heart stops beating, seconds count. That's why the American Red Cross is conducting a series of "hands only" cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes in middle schools throughout Kershaw County so students will know what to do to help save a life.

March 09, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Education


Phillips: Come on, spring!

One of the many perks of living in the Midlands of South Carolina is our moderate climate. OK, maybe it hasn't felt so moderate the past few weeks, but think about New York, Boston, Minnesota, Michigan and other northern areas. Now, they know what cold really is!

March 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin man arrested for murder of adult son

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin man Thursday, charging him with murder in the shooting death of his son. According to a KCSO press release, Stephen Earl Wood Sr., 68, of Thorton Drive, Elgin, is accused of shooting and killing Stephen Earl Wood Jr., 26, who also lived at the home with his wife and two children.

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


Miller to spend life in prison for murdering Melton

Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, was supposed to face a jury in February 2016 for abducting Hope Roscoe Melton, 30, of Chesterfield County, on Dec. 26, 2011, and bringing her to Kershaw County where he raped and killed her by beating her with a baseball bat. He was supposed to face the death penalty.

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


Camden woman was first Texas A&M female cadet company commander

When Ruth Ann Schumacher, now Ruth Ann Burns of Camden, first joined the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University in 1974, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. She was in the first group of female cadets at the prestigious university and was among 50 female classmates in the groundbreaking event.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


Georgia fugitive arrested with large quantity of drugs

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Delaware man wanted in Georgia, and the man's female companion Sunday. According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Charlie McLaughlin III, 31, and Kelly Molina, 30, both of Wilmington, Del., after he stopped them for speeding on I-20.

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


Crime Report - March 4, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bishopville man on an outstanding warrant Feb. 26 and then added charges of giving false information and threatening the life of a public official in the process.

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


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Kershaw County fire chiefs urge fireworks safety

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

July 03, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 1, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released details on the June 23 robbery at Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Elgin officer arrested for criminal domestic violence

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin police officer Monday on a charge of second-degree criminal domestic violence.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Former deputy to serve 20 years for sexual assault

A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy will spend 20 years in prison for a series of sexual acts with a child less than 11 years old.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

June 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Military


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