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  • Baker brings her specialties to Jefferson

    From cupcakes to cake shakes, Tasha Brandon wants every bite of her desserts to satisfy your taste buds.
    Brandon owns TB’s Incredible Edible Desserts of Jefferson. Her specialties include banana pudding cakes and cupcakes, caramel carrot cakes and cupcakes, Coca Cola cakes, lemon cakes, candy apples, cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries and cake shakes.
    A 1988 Central High graduate, Brandon said she takes pride in producing quality goods, which she prepares with a lot of love.

  • Emergency drill studies consquences

    The Situation

    Weather Alert: Tornado headed for Chesterfield County

    911 caller: There’s tree blocking my road.
    911 operator: Do you need police, fire or medical assistance?

    911 caller: A tree has hit two houses.
    911 operator: Is anyone in the houses that were hit?
     
    911 caller: Two people are trapped underneath a mobile home, and two people are trapped underneath a home’s roof.

  • Fire guts two Chesterfield businesses
  • A quiet Knight

    Ask Charles Knight, the newest Pageland Town Council member, where he stands on the issues and you will initially get a quiet, polite stare.

    Then Knight will reply: “I don’t give answers until I know the facts.” 

    Knight said he believes residents will appreciate his deliberate honesty. 

    Knight defeated District 5 incumbent Elaine Robertson 36 votes to 29 votes in the Nov. 7 election. It was the only race on the Pageland ballot. The 65 voters represented a 29 percent turnout of the 223 registered voters in the district.

  • Look at my shoes!

    The children stomped their feet.

    They giggled and laughed.

    They seemed to walk a little taller.

    All because of a new pair of shoes. 

    Lucie Miller, watching the scene at the Petersburg Primary gym, understood. She worked at the school for 44 years as a teacher’s assistant, an attendance clerk and a bus driver. 

    She remembers the times children, who came to class or got on her bus, shouting, “look at my shoes!”

  • Senior Spotlight: Richard Rowell

    Age: 70

    Town: Pageland

    Family and pets: Wife, Lou Ellen; a son; two daughters; a stepson; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren and four cats

    Church: Attends Zion United Methodist Church

    Occupation/Retired from: Owner of Computer Concepts, 25 years/Dickerson, data process manager, 13 years/Computer Systems, installed first computer for Teledyne Allvac 

    Favorite meal: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and cole slaw

    Favorite TV show: “Frontline”

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    The driver of a Chevrolet minivan died in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday near Pageland. 

    The accident happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Dwayne Russell, 83, of Lancaster was driving the minivan. He was turning left onto U.S. 601 north when he collided with a tractor trailer heading south on S.C. 151. 

    The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.

  • Ruby driver dies after hitting animal

    A Ruby resident died Wednesday evening after hitting an animal on Angelus Road, veering into a ditch and overturning. 

    Jeremy Ratliff, 41, was driving a 2000 Toyota sports utility vehicle. He hit the animal about 8:20 p.m., according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, said officer Joe Hovis. Ratliff was taken to McLeod Hospital in Cheraw where he died.

  • Gas line crew’s work ruptures water main

    Pageland water customers were advised to boil their water Monday and Tuesday last week, following a water main break. 

    A crew boring holes for new gas lines ruptured a water main near First Baptist Church around 10 a.m. Monday. Town manager Cecil Kimrey said the repairs were completed by about 12:30 p.m. Monday. 

    The town issued the boil water advisory as a precaution while the town awaited test results, Kimrey said. 

    The tests results came back Wednesday and the town lifted its advisory. 

  • Commitment essential to love of country

    Paul Brewer wondered what he should wear for Pageland’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
    Brewer, a retired colonel with more than 20 years of service, opted for a field jacket with a unit patch on the sleeve. Above one breast pocket was a senior parachutist badge over the words “U.S. Army.” Above the other breast pocket was his name. There was no sign of his rank, or the other awards and medals he was entitled to wear.