• 7 graduate NETC nursing assistant program

    From release

    Seven students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College’s nursing assistant program. 

    Nursing assistant graduates are Shatilya Barksdale of Cheraw, Christy Baskins of Ruby, Arielle Bridges of Bennettsville, Dawanna Covington of Bennettsville, Mara S. Crowley of Chesterfield, Rakeia Dunlap of Pageland, and Shawnda Wilson of Cheraw. 

  • Press, I want a burger!

    When Wylie Mangum walked through the back door, his voice boomed, “rack ’em, Zeb!” He was ready to play pool at the smoky hall on McGregor Street rather than sit in afternoon study hall at Pageland High School.

    Almost 50 years later, Mangum is spending his afternoons – and evenings – in the same building. The pool tables are gone. The only reminder of times past is a pool cue displayed near the front door.
    Instead of “rack ’em, Zeb,” other voices occasionally boom, “Press, I want a burger!”

  • Norman Caldwell, who never let a need go unaddressed, dies at 87

    As they gathered for the weekly Friday morning prayer breakfast at Beth’s Country Kitchen, one chair was conspicuously vacant.
    It will likely remain vacant for a long time.
    “Someone can sit in the chair,” said Lance Aldridge, “But they won’t take the place of the person who sat there.”
    Norman Caldwell, 87, a regular Friday-morning attendee since the group started about 12 years ago, filled that chair. He died Sept. 20 after a short illness.
    He came to pray for people in need and to share in the fellowship.

  • Senior Spotlight: Beulah T. Louallen

    Age:  84
    Town:  Jefferson

    Family:  Husband, the Rev. Moses Louallen, three daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren (two sons deceased)
    Church:  Flint Ridge Baptist Church
    Occupation:  Owner and operator of Beulah’s Beauty Shop in Pageland
    Favorite meal:  Fried chicken, rice, mac & cheese, collard greens and cornbread
    Favorite TV show:  “Walker Texas Ranger”
    How do you spend your days?  Doing hair and sewing

  • Don’t view closed doors as failures, says professor

    A college professor with roots in Pageland says a lack of money, resources or support should not keep young people from chasing their dreams.
    Dr. LaShonda Louallen Eaddy, assistant professor of public relations and strategic communications at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, knows their story.
    Eaddy was rejected multiple times when applying to college and had other disappointments.
    “Don’t view closed doors as failures, but as opportunities for you to full your purpose and destiny,” Eaddy said.

  • Pageland couple shares their destiny

    Pageland residents Robert and Lois Compaan say destiny caused their paths to cross in Kenya.
    But it was love that brought their hearts together as one.
    “God gave me you,” Lois said.
    “That goes for me to you also,” Robert said, looking affectionately at his wife.
    Robert and Lois met in 1952 at the Rift Valley Academy boarding school in Kenya. They were in the eighth grade class. Robert was 14.  Lois was 13.

  • Pitching Capitol statue to honor a heroic slave

    Amid turmoil around the country over the removal of Confederate-era monuments from public spaces, state Sen. Greg Gregory wants to add one at the S.C. Capitol.
    It would honor Beaufort-native Robert Smalls, a slave and skilled boat pilot who secretly organized a crew, stole a Confederate ship and sailed it out of Charleston Harbor in 1862, surrendering to the Union blockade out in the Atlantic.

  • Blue Cross gets OK for 31% S.C. premium hike

    By Mark Manicone
    Landmark News Service

    As debate over the Affordable Care Act swirls in Washington, insurance officials this week agreed to allow South Carolina’s only individual plan on the state’s ACA exchange to raise its premiums 31 percent next year.
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina initially asked for a 33.4 percent increase, saying this year’s premiums did not generate nearly enough to cover the insurer’s claims, taxes and administrative expenses.

  • ‘Wonderfully Made Women and Girls’ set for Oct. 21

    The “Wonderfully Made Women and Girls” event will 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Cross Roads Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Ruby.
    The event is for women and girls 12 years old and up, said event coordinator Sandra Plyler.

  • Pageland donations headed to Texas

    When the trailer arrives in Beaumont, Texas, ministers there will quickly know who has helped them.
    Inside the trailer will be a poster and messages from students at Petersburg Primary and Pageland Elementary.
    “You always can nourish someone’s body,” said Pageland Town Council member Elaine Robertson, who organized the relief trailer through her charity, A Servants Heart.
    “But we hope the letters will touch their hearts and their minds” and give them hope.