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Education

  • Time out tyke to stand out teacher

    When National Head Start Awareness comes every October, I am reminded of the young children I taught when the program came to Chesterfield County in 1984.
    I was one of the first teachers at the Pageland Head Start center. I had the four-year old class.
    Of all my students, one stands out, Angel Washington.
    While her name was Angel, my teacher assistant Sunnie Voorhees and I thought she was far from being an angel.
    Although she was a very bright and beautiful child, Angel just would not follow classroom rules.

  • School Board seats contested

    Three of the four Chesterfield County School Board races on the Nov. 6 ballot are contested, including District 3, which includes Pageland.
    Wesley Miles, director of public works for the town of Pageland, is the District 3 incumbent. Challenging Miles is Cecil Wadsworth, who owns a tree service and landscaping business.
    Miles has served on the school board for 12 years and most recently was its chairman. This is Wadsworth’s first run for school board.

  • NETC, Screwmatics start internship program

    Northeastern Technical College and Screwmatics of Pageland have created an internship program that could lead to a full-time job at the Pageland company.
    High school students who successfully complete the college’s Career Connect Machine Tool Technology Program for spring 2019 will be eligible for a paid summer internship at Screwmatics.
    The company plans to hire as many as 10 interns at $10 an hour, said Billy Hogge, vice president for operations at Screwmatics.

  • Prayers lifted at the See You at the Pole

    Students in Chesterfield County gathered at their school’s flag pole last Wednesday, holding hands and lifting their voices in prayer as part of the nationwide See You at the Pole event.
    The event is the fourth Wednesday in September. It is a volunteer event, led by students.
    Among the schools holding events were Central High School, South Pointe Christian School, Jefferson Elementary and New Heights Middle.
    At Jefferson Elementary, students from kindergarten to fifth grade gathered with Rev. Rick Hunter, pastor of Jefferson First Baptist Church.

  • NETC might train insurance adjusters

    Northeastern Technical College is considering adding a program to the Pageland campus that could dramatically increase enrollment there and even attract out-of-state students.
    At the urging of Cross Country Adjusting of Pageland, NETC is looking at opening a program for insurance adjusters.
    As envisioned, the program would be more than helping students pass a state exam to be a certified adjuster.
    The proposed curriculum would combine academic and vocational studies.

  • NETC Announces Honor Lists for Summer Semester

    From release

    The faculty and staff of Northeastern Technical College proudly honor the following students for their outstanding academic achievement during the 2018 summer semester. Students are named to the President’s List in recognition of a grade point average of 4.0.  Students placed on the Dean’s List are recognized for earning a grade point average of 3.5.

    President’s List 

    Bennettsville

    Jessica C. Crowley and Keith G. Brigman.

  • School board filing opens today

    The filing period to run for the Chesterfield County Board of Education opens today and ends Sept. 18 at noon. 

    Four seats are up for election: District 1, District 2, District 3 and District 9. The board has nine members.

    Incumbents Kim Burch (District 1), Darin Coleman (District 2) Wesley Miles (District 3), and Wayne Chapman (District 9)  are running for another four-year term.

  • Chesterfield County School District holds kick-off

    As employees from Chesterfield County schools gathered for the annual pre-school kickoff Friday, all eyes were upon the district’s 97 bus drivers.

    Chris Price, executive director of Administration and Student Services, asked the crowd at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School to stand and applaud. “Let’s honor the drivers of our cheese wagons,” Price said.

  • Opening the door to middle school

    The sixth grade hall at New Heights Middle School was flooded with anxious sixth graders and their parents during the recent “Moving to the Middle” day.

    Some students had never been in the school building.  Some were excited to meet their new teachers and see old friends.

    Many were nervous about having lockers for the first time. Could they work the combination and get their locker open?

  • Chambers receives scholarship

    From release 

    A partnership between Goodman Creek Baptist Church and Northeastern Technical College has helped a Pageland student. 

    The church awarded Kiara Chambers of Pageland a $500 scholarship. Chambers plans to study Childhood Development.