Today's News

  • A message of hope

    “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified … The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12: 23, 25
    This weekend, Christians will gather will fellow church-goers and their families to celebrate Easter, the second-biggest holy day of the year.
    According to LifeWay Research, a Southern Baptist research center, Easter is the most attended Sunday of the year for most U.S. churches.

  • Fatal shooting suspect surrenders

    The suspect in the county’s first murder case turned himself in a day after shooting his cousin.
    Demonta Deone Gillespie surrendered without incident on Monday, March 23, at about 5:30 p.m., said Deputy Chief Steve Breland of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
    “One of his family members brought him to the sheriff’s office,” Breland said.
    Gillespie, 32, is charged with the murder of Brandon Ellerbe, 28. Both are of Cheraw.
    Law officers said the two got into a minor argument on Sunday, March 22, on Fordville Road when the shooting occurred at about 8:40 p.m.

  • Message in the Park is April 25

    Love is in the air – and at the park.
    The 14th annual Message in the Park will be held April 25 at the Pageland Community Center/Conbraco Park from noon until 2 p.m.
    The theme for the 2015 event is love and is targeted at young people to let them know the community is concerned about their lives now and in the future.
    “We want them to have a positive outlook on their future, family, community and the police department,” said Larry Brown, Pageland police chief and project coordinator.

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Students at New Heights Middle School may be more prepared to answer that question after Career Day last week.
    There were 22 guest speakers who came to the school to talk with students about their respective careers.
    From sheriff and police officers and firefighters to hospice and hospitality and massage therapists, the presenters each gave personal information about their experiences and the career paths they chose.
    “If someone dies, does the staff feel sorry for them?” one student asked Samantha Dowdy of Hospice of Chesterfield County.
    “Absolutely,” Dowdy said.

  • A few of my favorite things about spring

    Ahhh, welcome spring – my favorite time of year.
    It is as if the earth comes back alive. Colors of nature transform before our very eyes from browns to vivid greens and yellows.
    Bees suddenly appear buzzing throughout cherry blossoms. Bradford pear trees are striking with their seemingly snow-laden branches. And grass begins its ritual of upward mobility.
    Children’s laughter fill playgrounds. Music blasts from open car windows. Flip flops replace boots. Shorts replace sweaters.

  • Blakeney’s two-run homer lifts Eagles to win

    Junior Dante Blakeney blasted a two-run home run over the right center field fence in the home half of the fifth inning to lift Central to a 3-2 region win over the visiting North Central Knights March 27.
    The win improved the Eagles’ overall record to 6-5 and 3-3 in Region 4AA.
    The Eagles took a 1-0 lead scoring a run in the third inning. The Knights tied the game with a run in the fourth.
    The visitors took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth setting up Blakeney’s game-winning homer in the bottom of the inning.

  • Lady Eagles fall to Knights

    In their only game last week, the Lady Eagles fell to the North Central Lady Knights at home March 27, 22-7.
    Central sent three pitchers to the mound during the game, but they couldn’t stop the bats of the Lady Knights.
    Sarah Stegall went four innings giving up nine hits, eight runs (four earned), struck out four and had one base on balls. Kassie Mann came in relief for two innings and allowed seven hits, nine runs (eight earned) and two base on balls. Pitching one inning, Hannah Killough gave up two hits, five runs (three earned) and three base on balls.

  • Patriots split double header

    On March 24, the South Pointe Patriots traveled to Fountain Inn to play Fountain Inn Christian Academy in a doubleheader. South Pointe lost the first game 4-3 and won the second 5-4.
    Game one: Freshman Ethan Wise was the starting pitcher, going five innings, striking out three, giving up four hits, four walks and two earned runs. The game was knotted up 3-3 after five innings.
    Riggins came on in relief. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh would score the winning run.
    Junior center Hunter Tremblay led the offense with a double and single, going 2-4.

  • USCL to offer women's volleyball

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster has announced the addition of Women’s Volleyball as an intercollegiate athletics program to begin this fall.
    The most recent era of athletics program at USC Lancaster began in the fall of 2006. With the addition of volleyball, USC Lancaster will offer four intercollegiate sports.
    Dr. Fernanda Burke and professor Darris Hassell, faculty at USC Lancaster both with extensive experience with volleyball, will serve as head coaches in the inaugural year. Practice and play are slated for Buford High School.

  • Man shot dead by cousin, suspect still on the run

     The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating its first murder of the year in which the victim has been described as “gentle.” 

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said his office received a call at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, March 22, of a shooting on Fordville Road, south of