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Bethune residents urged to fight school referendum

Bethune residents upset about the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recent vote to consolidate three elementary schools, including Bethune Elementary School (BES), into one larger school discussed the matter at the Bethune Town Council meeting Thursday. The consolidation plan involves BES, Mt. Pisgah and Baron DeKalb Elementary Schools, which would be combined into a single, new school to be built near North Central High School and North Central Middle School.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council set to finalize budget

A public hearing and a third and final vote on the Kershaw County budget for fiscal year 2015 is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the county council. The meeting normally would have been June 10, but was postponed a week by the primary election.

June 16, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


He had a heart of gold

Happy Father's Day! A few weeks ago I wrote the story of my mother here, just in time for Mother's Day. Now, let me share a few words about my father.

June 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary election

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, election officials reported that voter turnout for primary voting had already surpassed the 2012 primary. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said there was a light turnout overall, but that some precincts had reported more than expected voters.

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


#1 Dad

What are your plans for Father's Day?

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - June 11, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies are investigating a reported shooting incident at a River Road, Heath Springs address just inside the Kershaw County.

June 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff, KCC chair, treasurer candidates speak at forum

Seven Republican primary candidates answered questions and presented their views during a June 3 forum at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum sponsored the event. The candidates are competing in Tuesday's primary for county sheriff , council chairman and treasurer.

June 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing girl

A circuit court judge sentenced a Lexington County man to 20 years in prison Tuesday after the man pleaded guilty in Kershaw County to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests man after I-20 chase and crash with children in car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Columbia man Wednesday following a high speed chase on I-20 that resulted in an accident.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Rights and responsibilities

This election year is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one in Kershaw County, including, and in some cases especially, next week in the primary. Several races will be determined on Tuesday, as all the candidates for those particular offices represent the same political party. Whoever wins Tuesday will have no competition in the November general election, so they'll already know what they'll be doing the next few years. Well, let's hope they'll know what they're doing.

June 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Bethune man charged with attempted murder

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bethune man on Friday, charging him with attempted murder after allegedly attacking another man with a knife.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Taxes increasing for LFD property owners

Property owners in the Lugoff Fire District (LFD) will see an increase in their taxes after Kershaw County Council unanimously approved the district's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at a special meeting Tuesday. The fiscal year begins July 1.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Heading to the polls

Do you plan to vote in the primary election next Tuesday?

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey


Crime Report - June 4, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported several cases of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

June 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Industrial Spotlight - June 2, 2014

Almost any machine with moving parts requires two things to keep it performing smoothly and trouble free for a long time: lubrication and an efficient way to filter that lubricant so it remains in peak condition to do its job. Hengst Automotive, 29 Hengst Blvd. in Steeplechase Business Park in Camden, manufactures filters and filtration systems for oil, air and fuel for auto and machine manufacturers and also used as after-market additions to large industrial machinery and vehicles.

June 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

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


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

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


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

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


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

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


Bethune council continues discussion on school referendum

Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.

September 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Council honors local author

Kershaw County author Madge Strickland spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday regarding her published book, "A Sandhills Revelation," that tells the history of the Blaney-Elgin area in western Kershaw County.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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