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  • Senior Spotlight: Edell King Jowers

    Age: 97, born July 1, 1922
    Town: Angelus community
    Family: Two daughters, Mary and Cindy; one son, Aaron; (one son, Burl, deceased), 13 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren
    Church: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, McBee
    Occupation/Retired from: Domestic work
    Favorite family meal: Pinto beans and biscuits. She cooked them when her kids were growing up because her boys loved them, even though she didn’t like them herself.
    Favorite TV show: “Family Feud” with Steve Harvey

  • Gospel Explosion sings praises

    Staff report

    The Gospel Explosion returned to the Watermelon Festival lineup Sunday with a large audience clapping their hands and singing along with eight different groups performing at the gazebo in Moore’s Park.

  • Crash damages Greenlawn cemetery

    A crash between a 2007 Mazda sedan and a 2016 Freightliner truck caused substantial damage to Greenlawn Memorial Park on S.C. 601 North, outside of Pageland.
    Bobbi Costy of Vale, N.C. was the driver of the Mazda. She had a passenger in the car.
    Gary Dalton was driver of the 18-wheeler.

  • In the paper again

    C.T. Funderburk learned to fly as a teenager growing up in Pageland.
    He had two willing instructors, businessmen Harry Tucker and Henry Smith. The two had Stinson Reliant airplanes, which they kept on a grass strip near the state line.
    Funderburk was such a good student that Tucker and Smith let him fly their planes solo.
    One Saturday, the 17-year-old Funderburk decided to fly over Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, which was having a big event that day.

  • Organizers: Festival fly-in shows airport’s viability

    Scanning the flight line where planes of all types were parked, and a hangar full of people, Mia Langford knew Saturday’s Watermelon Festival Fly-In was a success.
    “This proves what I thought,” Langford said. “That the airport is a viable, living part of Pageland. It is a not a dead airport.”
    Langford was one of several organizers of the fly-in. She got the word out to her pilot friends and they responded. Some flew their warbirds to Pageland. Others flew their homebuilt aircraft. More than 40 aircraft came to Pageland.

  • Melons and monkeyshine

    Carving a rose is typically the first assignment for fledging culinary students. Most students carve their rose from a tomato, a radish, or even a carrot flower.
    When Patrick O’Brien got the class assignment at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C., he went big.
    Instead of a tomato, a radish or carrot flower, O’Brien opted for a watermelon.
    He quickly learned a few things about the watermelon.

  • Whits End finally makes festival

    By Kayla Vaughn
    Landmark News Service

    Country rockers Whits End will take the stage for the first time at the Watermelon Festival Friday night, just one month after entertaining more than 30,000 people at the Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) in Myrtle Beach.
    The band will perform at 9:45 p.m. Friday on the Pearl Street Stage, across from the Pageland Chamber of Commerce office.

  • Royalty returns to the festival

    In the past four years, Serena Allison been Miss Teen Mt. Croghan, Miss Teen Chesterfield and Miss Teen Pageland.
    Now she is the 2019 Miss Watermelon Queen.
    While Allison has been happy to represent the various towns and now the festival the benefit is “being able to serve others.”
    Allison, 20, was crowned last Thursday at the Pageland Community Center. The festival pageant resumed after a two-year hiatus.

  • The Melons are coming!

    Here's the skinny on this weekend's big downtown bash!

    Who: Watermelon Festival
    What: Pageland’s annual party
    When: July 19, July 20, starting at noon each day and ending at 11 p.m. 
    Where: Downtown Pageland
    What’s familiar: This year’s festival will have a watermelon eating contest, a parade with marching bands and beauty queens, all staples since the first festival of July 21, 1951.

  • Experience space at S.C. museum

    From release

    COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum is launching Space Week, July 20 through July 28, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  
    The week is sponsored by Boeing.
    Space Week features the museum’s new Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon exhibit, the show, Fly Me to the Moon 4D, The Smithsonian Channel’s documentary” The Day We Walked on the Moon,” planetarium shows and astronomical activities.