• One seat contested on electric co-op’s board

    One seat on the Lynches River Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees is up for election at the annual meeting on Saturday. 

    District 5 incumbent Scott Croxton is being challenged by Mark Bridges.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. The meeting follows. 

    Croxton has served on the cooperative’s board of trustees for 15 years. He has served as board chairman. 

  • Pageland town council candidates differ on details

    Candidates for the District 5 seat on Pageland Town Council agree that effectiveness is in the details. 

    Incumbent Elaine Robertson points to the small things she has made happen, both as a volunteer and council member. 

    She helped pressure-wash downtown sidewalks, plant new landscaping and trim trees, and pick up garbage. 

    Robertson also said she assisted on the strategic plan for the downtown, assigning specific places for benches and flowerpots. 

  • Griffins: Fire a Hate Crime

    The fiery destruction of a Pageland building Friday is a hate crime, allege the owners.

    The 2 a.m. fire destroyed a building in the backyard of 808 W. McGregor St.

    Property owners Tim and Neil Griffin say their openly gay lifestyle is the reason for the fire. The two said they have been a couple for about 15 years and married for three.

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the fire. Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee requested SLED because the fire was suspicious.

    No cause or estimated damage has been released.

  • Disabled vet claims Pageland Police humiliated her

    A retired U.S. Army officer and disabled veteran alleges the Pageland Police Department “humiliated” her and violated her rights in an incident involving her service dog.

    Carmen A. Lugo-Martinez of Springfield, Va., was visiting family in Chesterfield County. On Oct. 3 they went to a youth baseball game at Conbracco Park with her service dog Sidney, a female yellow Labrador. 

    Andre Singleton, director of the town’s parks and recreation department, told her she could not bring a dog into the park. 

  • Author preserves Petersburg history

    Cecil Wadsworth remembers when residents of the Petersburg community of Pageland had everything they needed nearby. 

    There was a grocery store, a gas station, restaurants, dry cleaners, funeral homes, barbershops and nightclubs.

    There were churches such as the Second Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Holiness and Tiny Grove.

    All students who lived in Petersburg attended segregated Petersburg School from first grade to graduation -- or when they quit going to school.  

  • Jefferson’s Masonic Lodge honors Washington

    Staff report 

    The Masonic lodge of Jefferson, Macedonia Lodge 239, and the Grand Lodge of South Carolina recently donated a portrait of George Washington to Jefferson Elementary School. 

    The portrait is a reproduction of Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 painting of Washington.

    This is the first time the lodge has participated in a statewide program sponsored by the Grand Lodge to donate Washington portraits to schools. 

  • County schools learn about fires

    Schools throughout Chesterfield County observed Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-13.  High Point Fire Dept. Chief Wendell Johnson spoke to children of local schools about fire prevention strategies and how to keep safe during a fire.  Volunteers from the Pageland Fire Department helped with programs at the different schools.

    Fire prevention checklist 

    • Do you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home? 

    • Do you have a working smoke alarm inside every bedroom? 

  • Pageland 2018 budget: Slight sewer rate increase proposed

    The proposed 2018 Pageland budget keeps the property-tax rate the same, increases sewer rates slightly and gives employees a 2 percent raise.
    The typical homeowner, who is billed for about 4,000 gallons of sewage a month, will pay $1.40 more a month or $16.80 more a year. Out-of-town sewer customers will continue to pay 1.5 times more than in-town customers.
    The increase is to make up for the loss of a major industrial user, town officials said.
    Overall, the town’s proposed operating budget decreases $29,900 to $2,759,550.

  • Ex-Pageland police chief a Hall of Famer

    A former Pageland police chief has been inducted into the S.C. Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, one of seven honored for meritorious service.
    William Gibson served as Pageland’s police chief from 1976 to 1982. Previously he was a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
    He left Pageland to become the field director for training at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1982. Gibson retired as the academy’s director in 2000.

  • 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.”