• 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.

  • Missing woman found dead in murder-suicide

    The body of a Pageland woman who was reported missing last week was found Friday in a shallow grave outside of town.

    The body of her boyfriend, the prime suspect, was found on Saturday in what law officials are calling a murder suicide.

    Pageland Police, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner held a press conference on Monday at the Pageland Police Department.

    Ternetha Ann Bennett, 51, of 402 E. McGregor Street, was reported missing by her boyfriend, William Lazar Grant, 49, on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

  • Dump truck driver dies in crash

    A driver was killed in a one-car accident on Wednesday, Aug. 17, near Pageland.

    According to Trooper Joe Hovis of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver was traveling south in a 2013 Western Star dump truck on Ozburn Road, about seven miles south of Pageland at 9:25 a.m.

    The driver ran off the road and over-corrected. The vehicle overturned. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

    The victim was transported to CMC Union in Monroe, N.C., and then by helicopter to CMC Pineville, where the victim succumbed to injuries.



  • There she (he) is, Ms. Blessings

    And the winner is, Ms. Anita Applebottom.

    But most know him as Jason Evans, the mayor of Pageland.

    Evans won the Ms. Blessings Womanless Pageant on Saturday night, held at New Heights Middle School.

    Among the six contestants, Evans raised the most money earning him the crown. (Sheriff Jay Brooks could not participate due to a criminal investigation.)

    Runner-up was Ms. Orange Tiger Lilly, known by most as Joel Dale, pastor of Pageland First Baptist Church.

    Winning Best in Interview was Ms. Sugarplum, otherwise known as Jack Rhyne.