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Today's News

  • Convicted sheriff now a free man

     Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker is a free man.

    Parker was released from an undisclosed prison location on April 1, confirmed Debbie Parker, director of external affairs for S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon.

    “His probation now begins,” Debbie Parker said. “His supervision end date is March 31, 2018.”

  • McLeod Health to operate Chesterfield General

     In an effort to maintain health services for two regional communities, McLeod Health in Florence announced March 31 its agreement to operate Chesterfield County’s only hospital.

    McLeod Health has signed a letter of intent relating to not only Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw but also Marlboro Park in Bennettsville.

  • Nominations sought for Outstanding Woman in Business

     Nominations are being sought for Pageland’s “Outstanding Woman in Business.”

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce will host its 35th annual Women in Business Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, April 22, at Pageland First Baptist Church.

    Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office, located at 128 N. Pearl St. and must be postmarked by April 15.

  • Eagles finish 2-2 in Mingo Bay Classic

     Playing in their annual spring break baseball tournament at Myrtle Beach High School in Myrtle Beach last week, Central High School split their four games winning two and losing two in the Mingo Bay Classic.

    The Eagles played their first game March 30 defeating the Keenan Raiders of Columbia by a score of 8-6.

  • Carnes named Pitcher of the Week

     Former Eagle softball pitcher Katie Carnes was recently named the AstroTurf Peach Belt Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after throwing two complete-game wins, one of them a no-hitter for the Francis Marion Lady Patriots.

  • 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.