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A family tradition

It's not often than a man gets to swear in his own grandson into the very branch of the military he served in for 23 years. A Camden grandfather recently experienced that proud moment as he swore his grandson into the U.S. Army.

May 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


School district presents budget request to county council

School district representatives asked Kershaw County Council for 4.1 mils in funding for the upcoming school year. Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Finance Officer Donnie Weeks made the request during a presentation to council Tuesday evening on the district's annual budget.

May 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Do it for the children, and for yourselves

I listened intently to a presentation given to the Kershaw County Council by representatives of the Kershaw County School District at the council meeting this week. It's my job to listen. But I was also quite impressed with what Kershaw County Board of Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson had to say. It's the budget season for most government bodies, including the county council and the school district and Jones and Wilson explained the financial challenges of running the district and what they hope to see improved over the next ...

May 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


They can dig it

City of Camden and Kershaw County public works employees got the opportunity to show off their backhoe skills, testing the steadiness of their nerves at the annual Backhoe Rodeo at City Hall Park on May 9.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


Crime Report - May 14, 2014

A customer at a Wall Street, Camden, reported being robbed at gunpoint in the men's bathroom.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Going to the Beach

What is your favorite beach to visit and why?

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Kershaw man arrested on sex charges

A Lancaster County man is behind bars in Kershaw County, charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Grant Adam Helms Jr., 24, of Old Camden Road in the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement released to the press that Helms turned himself in on April 8 and admitted his actions.

May 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three public hearings on Kershaw County Council agenda

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings during its meeting Tuesday, covering subjects previously voted on and approved by council.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


A happy Mother’s Day

Millions of mothers across the Unites States and the world were recognized Sunday for their contributions to their families and to society as a whole. But one Lugoff mother and grandmother had three extra reasons to celebrate this Mother's Day weekend. Mary Schneck had three grandchildren graduate from three separate universities, one Friday and two Saturday.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


Water rates going up in Bethune

Bethune residents who receive water service from the town will soon see a rate increase. Bethune Town Council announced the rate increase at its May meeting on Thursday. Councilman Don Witham reported the town's water rates are lower than other water providers in the area and the added money is needed for necessary repairs to the town's water tank and delivery system.

May 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune students plant butterfly garden

Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Education


An ounce of prevention

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and S.C. Fire Marshal's Office (SCFMO) would rather prevent fires and the tragedies they bring than fight them. With that mission, the two agencies recently joined forces April 24 in Camden's Kirkwood community to provide and install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and share fire prevention information with residents. The project was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Mother's Day Plans

What are your Mother's Day plans?

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Honoring mothers in Camden

The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.

May 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


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Mother, children nearly walk in on burglar

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a county man Monday on a charge of second-degree burglary after he allegedly made his way inside a Kershaw area home and hid when a woman and her two children arrived after school.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Murder trial starts Monday

Almost exactly a year after a Bethune senior citizen lost his life over his moped, his accused killer is set to go to trial. Willie Thomas Starnes, 33, of Magnum Road Bethune, is charged with the Aug. 24, 2013, death of Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Firearms Discharge Committee discusses issues

The newly-formed Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Committee met Monday and took the first steps toward crafting a compromise ordinance that could satisfy gun enthusiasts as well as property owners with concerns about firearms being used in their neighborhoods.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


I-20 bridge to be named for Medal of Honor winners

Three Kershaw County residents who received the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism in battle will be honored again this week.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Crime Report - Aug. 20, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a call of shots fired near a Camden apartment complex on Aug. 14.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R, others remember Chief Steve McIntyre

Kershaw County residents, especially those in the fire service, are mourning the loss of retired Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Steve McIntyre, 60, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. Current LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said McIntyre had encountered continuing medical issues over the past few years.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune police chief gets pay raise

Newly-hired Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb received some good news at Bethune Town Council's meeting Thursday. After a brief executive session discussion near the end of the meeting, council unanimously voted to give Cobb a $500 a year pay raise and provide him with a cell phone paid for by the town. The raise brings the part-time chief's annual pay to $16,000.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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