• A tale of journeys
  • Macabre marchers

    It is a classic story.
    A couple, ready to marry, are separated by death.
    There is a wedding, nonetheless. There is a waltz. There are zombies.
    The soundtrack includes chimes and a tambourine.
    The story, the music, the dance – and the zombies – are coming to a football field near you, thanks to the Central High School Marching Band.
    Central’s show this year is “Til Death Do Us Part.” It is based on “The Witching Hour,” a musical suite by composer Randall Stonebridge.

  • Student, teacher, vice principal

    Thomas Brewer’s life is again coming full circle.
    As a child, he walked down the hill to what was then Petersburg High School, Pageland’s school for all African-American children, from kindergarten through 12th grade. 
    As a 42-year-old man making a mid-career change, Brewer walked into a Petersburg Primary classroom, standing before 25 to 30 kindergarten students. His primary focus was keeping order. Teaching came second.

  • Sales-tax holiday starts Aug. 3

    Julie Graham
    Landmark News Service

    In early July, Danielle Fleck loaded her online cart with $233 worth of school supplies and clicked “Save for Later.”
    The Indian Land mother of three plans to take advantage of South Carolina’s sales-tax holiday Aug. 3-5, which includes clothing, shoes, backpacks, computers, bedding and bath towels. The items are exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax and any applicable local taxes.

  • High turnover at Central High

    One-fourth of the teaching and administrative staff at Central High School will be new when the school year starts Aug. 20. 

    The biggest change is the science department, where three of the five science teachers are new. 

    Other new hires are two guidance counselors, two special-education teachers and two physical-education teachers, an agriculture teacher and a social studies teacher. 

    Driver’s education will be done by contract.

  • Girls state delegates value friendship

    Gene Rivers, a rising senior at Central High School, was not sure what to expect when she attended the recent Palmetto Girls State at Presbyterian College in Clinton.
    She, Pooja Patel of South Pointe Christian School and Madison Quick of Central, represented the auxiliary unit of American Legion Post 92 of Pageland.
    They said they made many new “forever” friends.
    But for Rivers – and others – the takeaway was “they took me out of my comfort zone.”

  • Local students attend Palmetto Boys State

    Brandon Edmond, a rising senior at Central High School, admits he is “not really a people person.”
    But at the Palmetto Boys State, Edmond found himself outside his comfort zone.
    “I realized, right is better than easy.”
    The lesson was just part of the weekend long event at Anderson University where the delegates learned about the American system of government and politics.
    Other Central delegates were Curt Chapman, Sam Dresser, and Caleb Cofield.

  • Fall registration nears for Northeastern Technical College

    From release

    CHERAW – Orientation and registration for Northeastern Technical College’s fall semester is August 14 at the main campus in Cheraw.
    New students should attend one of two orientation sessions at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.  Students will register for classes and receive class schedules during these sessions.
    Returning students can register early for classes until classes start Aug. 20 by contacting their advisor.

  • Chesterfield County schools offer online registration

    From release

    Parents can register their child or children for Chesterfield County Schools online through the new PowerSchool Registration system.
    The system works on any internet capable device such as  desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. The service starts July 31.   

  • South Pointe names new administrator

    A veteran Chesterfield County educator is the new administrator at South Pointe Christian School in Pageland.
    Jessica Jenkins Griffin, former assistant principal of Petersburg Primary, replaces interim principal Susan Waller.  Waller will remain at the school, serving as assistant principal and grammar teacher for eighth through 10th grades.
    Griffin worked 12 years for the Chesterfield County School District.  She has been a classroom teacher, a lead teacher and a mathematics instructional coach.