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LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Zedieth D. Hinson

A funeral service for Zedieth D. "Zedie" Hinson, 71 of Bethune, S.C. was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the sanctuary of Bethune Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Scotch Cemetery. Rev. Jackie Knight officiated.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Obituaries


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

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


Thank you, veterans

Veterans Day was this week and here in Kershaw County, and all across the nation, we paused for a brief time to honor and thank those who have served in the military to defend our way of life and our freedoms and to establish or preserve those same ideals around the globe.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


No new gun law for county

Kershaw County Council will not consider any new ordinances regulating the use of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county, at least not in the near future.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Camden celebrates Arbor Day at steeplechase museum

The city of Camden, Camden Parks and Trees Commission and Camden Tree Foundation celebrated Arbor Day on Nov. 7 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. The event honored Geraldine "Gerry" McBryde, a Kirkover Hills resident who many say is responsible for beautifying that subdivision by planting flowers, plants and trees in the area.

November 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden


KCSO deputy shoots pit bull

For the second time in three days, a pit bull had to be shot and killed following an attack.

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


Price Award goes to Lewis

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) presented its 2014 Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award to K.J. Lewis, chaplain for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and other local emergency agencies.

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


Community rallies to aid Lugoff arson victim

Lugoff community members have launched a fundraising effort to help a Lugoff woman whose home was destroyed recently by what authorities have determined was an act of arson. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Dennis Ray said the Nov. 4 blaze was the first of two intentionally set fires in Lugoff that night, believed to the be the work of the same person.

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


Crime Report - Nov. 12, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic officer nabbed two wanted fugitives Nov. 4 after stopping a vehicle on I-20 for speeding at 90 mph in a 70 mph zone.

November 12, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Firearms committee to report to county council

Kershaw County Council may soon consider a newly-written firearms discharge ordinance. The county's Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee will make a presentation during council's meeting Tuesday.

November 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Support your local merchants

I generally agree with the phrase "shop local," and I do so whenever possible. In a worldwide economy, especially in the modern world of online shopping, nearly anything can be purchased from anywhere and delivered right to your door.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCSO investigates Lugoff arson cases

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) have joined forces to investigate two suspicious fires in Lugoff that have been determined to be arsons. The KCSO sought a "person of interest" thought to have information about the two fires. Thursday afternoon, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said that person had contacted law enforcement. Matthews said an interview was scheduled for 2:30 p.m.Thursday at the KCSO in Lugoff.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Burns elected Kershaw County Council chairman

Kershaw County will see two new county council members, a current councilman and a new probate judge take office in January following Tuesday's election.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Election officials report few problems in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Voter Registration Director John Caughman reported moderate voter turnout for Tuesday's general election, as of early afternoon. Caughman said 2,983 absentee ballots had been cast by 5 p.m. Monday, but a few more were expected to arrive by mail or hand delivered Tuesday.

November 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Four businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

Four Kershaw County retailers received citations for selling alcohol to underage buyers Tuesday evening. According to a press release, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals supervised by the KCSO attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


County council proceeds with EMS takeover

Kershaw County Council took its first steps Tuesday to formally accept a proposal for the county to take over emergency management services (EMS) from KershawHealth, effective July 1. Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 10 to accept an offer from KershawHealth of $2.636 million in exchange for the county giving up the property where KershawHealth sits. Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. cast the only no vote, saying he felt transferring the property to KershawHealth would take away any "say so" the county has regarding the hospital. Councilman Willie Mickle was absent from that meeting.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Crime Report - Feb. 25, 2015

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a Ridgeway home for a report of a burglary and theft Saturday.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Masons raising funds for KCSO dog’s training

Keeping Kershaw County's schools safe and drug free are top priorities for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). As part of that mission, Elsa, a German shepherd is being trained to sniff out illegal drugs with her primary assignment working in schools.

February 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber sending school referendum survey to members

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is preparing a survey for its members in an effort to try to learn what the business community liked and disliked about two school district referenda voters rejected in the November 2014 election. Voters were asked two questions on the ballot: should $130 in bonds be issued for facilities improvements, and should a 1-cent sales tax be put in place in Kershaw County to aid in paying back the bonds? Both measures failed.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Business


EMS deal moves forward with county ordinances

Although Kershaw County Council passed a resolution two weeks ago accepting a $2.6 million deal to take over emergency medical services (EMS) from KershawHealth, it will take up two ordinances related to officially making that deal at its meeting Tuesday night.

February 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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