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Today's News

  • Sam Parker found guilty of all counts

    Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker was found guilty on all eight counts against him and will serve at least two years in prison.

    “Today is a sad day in my life,” Parker said, in addressing the Circuit Court Judge Lee Alford and the court.

    “I respect the verdict…I apologize to Chesterfield County and what I put this county through.”

    Parker also apologized to his deputies and for bringing embarrassment to them. “I still love them,” he said.

  • Two inmates testify to special treatment

    In three days, the jury heard from 19 witnesses including two inmates who testified to receiving special treatment from former Chesterfield Sheriff Sam Parker.
    These inmates, Michael Lee and William Skipper, both testified they wore regular clothes, had dinner in local restaurants in Florence and North Carolina, attended a dinner party at Parker’s home and even drove sheriff’s department vehicles.

  • Well-known doctor dies suddenly

    Dr. Ralph A. Picolet of Pageland Chiropractic died April 10 after he suffered a medical emergency that resulted in a car accident. He was 68.
    Sgt. Garry Deaver of the Pageland Police Department was dispatched to 695 S. Arant St. near Lynches River Electric Cooperative on last Thursday. When he arrived, he was directed to a vehicle in a ditch past White Castle Lane.
    The vehicle was a 2002 white Ford Windstar van, driven by Picolet. Rescue members worked on Picolet and started CPR, according to Deaver’s report.

  • Day-to-day coverage of the Sam Parker trial

    DAY 1 - April 7, 2014
    Jury selection ended late April 7, in the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.
    The 12-member jury panel was selected after 5:30 p.m. and includes six white males, four white females, one black male and one black female. The three alternates include one black female, one white male and one white female.
    Judge Lee Alford instructed the jury to not read, watch or discuss the case with anyone including among themselves.

  • 2014-15 budget looks 'bleak'

    The monthly meeting of the Chesterfield County School District board of education focused primarily on the upcoming 2014-15 budget and special recognitions.
    The meeting was held April 7 at McBee Elementary School.
    Once every quarter the board brings their meeting to a different part of the county.
    “This gives us a chance to hear your concerns and let you know who your school board members are,” said chairman James Sweeney.
    Finance report

  • Apply now for financial aid

    Even though spring has just arrived, students who are planning to enroll in the fall semester at Northeastern Technical College (NETC) should act soon and apply for financial aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available on the college website.
    “It’s important to start this process as early as possible,” said Sheryll Marshall, NETC financial assistance coordinator.  “Not only are students more likely to get the money they need, this also better ensures they can start their education on time.”

  • First Steps celebrate Week of the Young Child

    From release
    Chesterfield County First Steps held a fourth annual “Week of the Young Child” in Pageland on April 8.
    The event featured a children’s march beginning at Moore’s Park and ending there after winding through downtown Pageland. More than 200 young children from the Pageland area participated in the event.

  • Updates on Sam Parker trial

     First order of business Tuesday was releasing a juror for work purposes. The juror, a white male, was replaced with an alternate, a black female.

  • Jury drawn in Sam Parker trial

     Jury selection ended late Monday in the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker. 

  • Jury selection begins in Parker trial

    The trial of former Sheriff Sam Parker began Monday with jury selection at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.
    By 9:30 a.m. the trial had not begun, but Judge Lee Alford met with the media to outline the day.
    Alford said jury selection would most likely fill the day’s agenda, but that the actual trial may begin late Monday afternoon.
    Jury selection may be challenging since Parker was an elected official, Alford said.
    The judge said a couple of motions may also be heard on Monday.