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  • A baby and a free movie

    Halfway into the supernatural horror thriller “It” at Pageland’s Ball Theatre a Kershaw women had an unusual moment  – not induced by the movie.
    Her water broke.
    Samantha Dutton said the moment was unusual because her water did not break before giving birth to her son, Nathan, now two.
    Dutton was scheduled to have a cesarean section Sept. 19, but baby Caroline Lynn did not wait.
    “I was so surprised,” Dutton said,  “I would have been 38 weeks that Monday.”

  • Championship corn

    MCBEE – McLeod Farms plowed under 18 acres of peach trees – South Carolina’s state fruit – to show its pride in Palmetto athletics.
    Corn has replaced peaches.
    Carved into the cornfield are mazes to honor the NCAA championship teams from Clemson, Coastal Carolina, and the University of South Carolina.
    The mazes have logos, school symbols and high fives.
    The farm boasts it is the largest corn maze in the state.
    Adult admission is $10, children $7.

  • Senior Spotlight: Charles "Catfish" Deason

    Age:  66
    Town:  Pageland
    Family and pets:  Wife, Anita; three daughters, one son, nine grandchildren, nine step grandchildren, six step grandchildren and two Jack Russell terriers.
    Church:  Taxihaw Baptist Church, Lancaster County
    Occupation/Retired from:  Conbraco Industries/retired after 18 years
    Favorite meal:  Fried chicken, butter beans, corn and homemade biscuits
    Favorite TV show:  John Wayne westerns
    How do you spend your days?  Cutting a few yards

  • Take-home police car policy proposed

    Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee wants to allow officers to take their cars home when their shift is over.
    Greenlee said allowing officers to keep a car will increase police visibility in the community, improve department morale and reduce vehicle maintenance and replacement costs.
    Greenlee briefed the Pageland Town Council on the idea at last week’s monthly meeting.

  • Pageland Fire Dept. responds to house fire

    The Pageland Fire Department responded to a dryer fire at 308 S. Cedar St. Monday afternoon.
    No one was injured and firemen saved several cats. Fireman extinguished the fire in about five minutes.
    Pageland Fire Chief Tommy Rivers said there was damage to one room and smoke damage throughout. Total damage was estimated between $30,000 to $40,000, he said.
    The cause of the fire is being investigated.

  • Shouting tirade interrupts town council meeting

    A one-person shouting tirade at the Oct. 3 Pageland Town Council meeting was part of a longstanding dispute between town council member Elaine Robertson and Tim and Neil Griffin.
    Neil Griffin shouted at the council members, calling them “hypocrites” for their failure to listen to residents’ complaints against Robertson. “This is not a forum for anyone to be critical of the city,” he shouted just before leaving the council chambers.

  • 400! Central beats Chesterfield for milestone

    Central’s 35-28 win over Chesterfield on Friday was the 400th football victory since the school opened in 1976. 

    Overall, the Eagles are 400-123. 

    Al Usher, who coached at Central for 27 seasons, was 261-77. He was the school’s first football coach. His son, Trent, is 3-3 this season, his first as head coach of Central. 

    Joey Mangum, a current assistant coach, was 99-23 over nine seasons as the Eagles’ head coach. 

    Craig Hatcher was 37-20 over five seasons.

  • Kids Count: Chesterfield County 26th

    Chesterfield County’s childhood wellness indicators have changed little over the past five years – a sign of stable local programs or underachievement, say those familiar with the data. 

    Each year the Children’s Trust of South Carolina analyzes data on children’s economic, education, health and family well-being from each of the state’s 46 counties.

    The trust then ranks the counties in its annual report “Kids Count.”

    Chesterfield has been 26th for the last two years. Previously it was 25th.

  • First sign of fall

    Pageland bills itself as the watermelon capital, but its farmers are also pretty good at growing a carousel of colorful pumpkins, everything from traditional orange to yellow, red, green and blue.

    The pumpkin and watermelon growing seasons overlap. It generally takes between 70 and 120 days to mature a pumpkin, meaning they are generally planted in mid-June for late September or early October harvest.

  • Titan Stainless of Pageland expands

    A newly reorganized Titan Stainless of Pageland is expanding operations and looking to hire. 

    Titan Stainless makes custom tables and storage units for restaurants, healthcare facilities and institutions such as schools. The company recently made new stainless steel units for concession stands at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

    Dillon Melton, president, and Misael Santos, vice president of production, recently bought out partners Woody Wilson and Doug Joyner.