• Hunger pains

    Hunger: It’s hard for some people to fathom while it’s commonplace for too many families.

    What if you had to choose between buying food and paying utilities? Seventy-eight percent of people in this region have to. And 71 percent have to choose between buying groceries and getting prescriptions filled, according to Harvest Hope.

    Hunger is real, and Food Lion and Pageland’s Door of Hope Ministries are helping to relieve the hunger pains.

  • Mt. Croghan man dies in car accident

    The eighth person has died in a traffic fatality in Chesterfield County this year.

    Charlie Franklin Hancock Jr., 50, of Mt. Croghan, was pronounced dead at the scene in the Sept. 20 accident, which occurred at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 52, a mile north of Cheraw.

    Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident involved a 2015 Freightliner, driven by Earl Bolen, 48, of Hammer, and a 2004 Nissan pickup, driven by Melissa Dunn, 38, of Wallace.

    Details of how the accident happened were not available at press-time.

  • Meet Your Police Officers

    The Pageland Police Department’s newest officers say they want to be involved in the community and build trust with local residents.

    Officers Marcia Miller and Steven Roberts, who joined the PPD Sept. 19, both say they are “people persons” who love getting out in the community and talking with local residents.

    “With all the things going on in the news now, I want people to know they can trust police officers,” Miller said.

  • Hospice of Chesterfield County chaplain sees ‘every day as a gift’

    The Lynches River branch of Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) held its quarterly meeting September 20.

    In her opening remarks, guest speaker Samantha Dowdy, a chaplain for Hospice of Chesterfield County, reminded the women that “every day is a gift.”

    Dowdy said it is a blessing to wake up in the morning and be able to see and move your limbs.  She also expressed how blessed she is to be able to serve with Hospice of Chesterfield County.

  • ‘Feed the Need’ to send thousands of meals to Haiti

    From release

    South Pointe Christian School will hold a “Feed the Need” packing party from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, Sept. 30.

    The school raised nearly $60,000 and will be putting together in excess of 10,000 meals at the packing party to be shipped to Haiti, said South Pointe administrator Larry Stinson.

    There will be 1,500 meals distributed locally.

    The event was sponsored by Champion Group. South Pointe Christian School thanks the following corporate donors who helped to make this project successful:

  • New Heights receives donations from three community partners

    From release

    New Heights Middle School recently received donations from its community partners ranging from instruments to school supplies.

    Helping make music

    Tim Griffin of the Griffin Scholarship Organization donated two flutes to the New Heights Middle band program.

    The flutes will be used to help provide instruments to students who want to participate in the band, but are unable to purchase instruments.

  • Nestlé Waters, United Way donate school supplies to McBee Elementary

    From release

    Employees of Nestlé Waters partnered with United Way of Chesterfield County to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to McBee Elementary School.

  • Bond denied as convicted murderer awaits new trial

    The Honorable Judge Paul Burch denied bond for convicted felon Thomas Jeffery Stewart during a bond hearing at the Chesterfield County Courthouse August 31.

    Stewart, formerly charged and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for the violent murder of a Pageland woman, was awarded a new trial because the Court of Appeals found that the presiding judge failed to complete the jury analysis, according to attorney Adam Foard, assistant solicitor of the original trial.

  • McBee man dies in suspicious house fire

    A McBee man died in a mobile home fire early Thursday morning in what officials are calling suspicious.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Law Enforcement are investigating the fire on New Hope Church Road, right on the Darlington County line.

    Sheriff Jay Brooks said a passerby noticed the fire at about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 1 and called it in.

    The mobile home was “fully engulfed and pretty much gone,” Brooks said.

  • Bond denied for double murder suspect

    Rayshawn Montez Little, charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Shannon Little and Tyvon Threatt, was denied bond at a hearing Aug. 31 at the Chesterfield County Courthouse by Judge Paul Burch.

    Little is also charged with two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and one count of possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a certain crime.