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  • Patrick truck-train crash sends Amtrak passengers home on buses

    PATRICK – Leander Brooks of Brooklyn, N.Y., stood at the SC 102 railroad crossing last Friday afternoon, his four bags at his feet, his face sweating in the 95-degree heat.
    A few steps away emergency crews held a sheet over his wife Dora, trying to keep her cool while she waited in a wheelchair.
    The emergency crews were waiting on the bus driver to engage the handicap lift for Dora Brooks.
    When the driver could not get it to work, emergency workers hoisted Dora Brooks’ wheelchair into the waiting bus.

  • Senior Spotlight: Jimmy Huntley

    Name:  James ‘Jimmy’ Huntley
    Age:  78
    Town:  Pageland
    Family:  Wife, Johnsie; a son; a daughter; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren
    Church:  Gum Springs Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from:  New York City Transit Authority, 20 years
    Favorite meal:  Pinto beans, okra, corn and fried chicken
    Favorite TV show:  “The Virginian”
    How do you spend your days?  Working in the yard and walking at the Community Center

  • Being surrounded by kids helps farmer’s health

    Raising goats has been good therapy for an Angelus-area farmer.
    Harvey Miller, 80, and his wife, Catherine, have been raising meat goats for 10 years on their 36-acre farm.
    Although Miller’s farm business has begun to taper off, he said raising goats has been good for his health.
    Currently, Miller and his wife are raising 10 kids.  The couple has had as many as 20 nannies and 20 kids.

  • Senior Expo to be held at Springhill Assisted Living

    Hospice of Chesterfield County and Springhill Assisted Living in Pageland are sponsoring a Senior Expo from 9 a.m. until noon on Sept. 7.
    This event is at the Springhill facility, 514 Gum St. It is free to older adults and their caregivers
    Representatives from approximately 20 vendors will discuss services and support they provide for seniors, said Cindy Beard, community relations coordinator for Hospice, and Mary Blythe Chipman, director of Springhill.

  • 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.