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  • Eclipse, it’s all about science

    Two days into the 2017 school year, South Carolina students are getting a three-day weekend.
    Why?
    Science.
    On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse crosses America, traveling between 1,500 and 3,000 miles per hour. At those speeds the eclipse needs about  94 minutes to go from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans.
    It will likely be the most watched eclipse, and South Carolina – if the weather is right – offers the best places for anyone on the East Coast to view the historic event.

  • Senior Spotlight: Alonzo Myers Jr.

    Age:  71
    Town:  Formerly of Pageland, lives in Union County, N.C.
    Family and pets:  Wife, Joyce; two sons; two daughters; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren
    Church:  Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Zion Church, Monroe, N.C.
    Occupation/Retired from:  Operated a barbershop in Petersburg for 30 years/retired from Teledyne Allvac in Monroe after 15 years
    Favorite meal:  Anything meal my wife cooks and puts on the table

  • 48-state journey

    Tye Sturgeon has no idea where his cross-country caravan will sleep tonight.
    “But I ain’t worried,” he said recently. Someone will make space for him, wife Hannah, dog Pistol Annie and horses Rudy and Jazz. That’s just how it goes.
    “God’s gonna take care of us. Always has and always will,” he said, pulling off his cowboy hat and wiping the sweat off his forehead with his shirt sleeve. “I take the quickest route and don’t never worry.”

  • Rocks with a message

    JEFFERSON – When Kaye Mitchell of the Fannie D. Lowry Memorial Library in Jefferson found a small painted rock leaning against the outside book return, she knew she would have to respond it kind.
    The painted rock said “Diary of a Whimpy Kid.”
    Her response?
    She recently held the first of what she hopes in many sessions to let people paint rocks. The painters can either keep the rocks or place them for others to find. People who find rocks are encouraged to post photos on social media and then hide them.

  • Petersburg group gathers for prayer

    “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mouring (praying) women, that they may come and send for cunning (wise) women, that they may come.” Jeremiah 9:17

  • Pageland’s top cops return to work

    Pageland’s top two police officers are scheduled to resume their duties this week.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee will report for work on Wednesday and Capt. Dean Short will report Thursday, Town Manager Cecil Kimrey said Monday.
    Both have been suspended with pay since June 2 after a May 29 incident when they entered the home of an officer after he failed to report for a scheduled shift.
    The officer, Pfc. Brandon Roberts, filed a report with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, alleging Greenlee and Short broke into his house.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.
    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.
    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.

  • Senior Spotlight: Rev. Dr. Waldo Robinson

    Name: Rev. Dr. Waldo Robinson
    Age: 78
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: Wife, Elmer Jean; four boys; one girl; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren
    Church: Pastor of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Tradesville for 37 years and First Kershaw Baptist Church for 40 years.
    Occupation/Retired from: Retired from Caro Knit in Jefferson after 34 years
    Favorite meal: Fish and fried chicken

  • Tiny Grove Holiness Church holds Back-to-School Bash

    Teamwork helped make Grove Holiness Church of Pageland’s first back-to- school bash a success Saturday, organizers said.
    “Honestly, I didn’t know it would be this huge,” said Melissa Rivers, who coordinated the event with Christina Rivers.
    Children in the area and their family members received free backpacks, school supplies, food and drinks.  The younger children played in a bounce house.

  • Pageland police: Credible reports of gunshots at Watermelon Festival

    Pageland police report they have credible, but unsubstantiated, reports that shots were fired on the evening of July 22 at the Watermelon Festival.
    "People gave us credible information about shots fired," said Sgt. Corey McIlwain, but no shell casings have been found and no one has come forward to identify the alleged shooter. Mcllwain said the shots were not aimed at anyone and no one was injured.
    There have been several reports that people suffered minor injuries as they fled the scene near the town's gazebo.