• 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 


    Jessica C. Crowley and Keith G. Brigman.

  • Pageland Elementary principal explains how she uses federal funds

    Pageland Elementary is using federal funds to help reduce class sizes. 

    With 85 percent of the students meeting the federal definition for living in low-income homes, the school qualifies for Title I funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Funding can be used to improve curriculum and program, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, and to increase staff. 

    Title I has one goal, assisting schools in meeting the educational goals of low-income students. 

  • Pathfinders United mentors youth in Cheraw

    John Melton, founder and president of Pathfinders United Organization of Cheraw, has a vision to enhance the lives of young males in his community.

    The vision is the result of personal tragedy.

    In 2006, his daughter, Kimberly, was returning to Richmond Community College in North Carolina when she was killed in an automobile accident.   

    She was enrolled in the nursing assistant program at the college. She was the second child the Meltons had lost. A10-month old daughter, Ashlee, died  after a liver transplant in 1988.

  • Interest rises in Neighborhood Watch program

    Recent violent crimes in Pageland have more people asking questions about the Pageland Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program.

    “I saw some new faces at the last meeting,” said Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain, who leads the program.  “More and more people are coming up to me and inquiring about the program.”

    The first Neighborhood Watch program was in June.  McIlwain said the average number of people attending the meetings is seven.

  • New Heights Middle has new school resource officer

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy Nathan Cole is the new school resource officer at New Heights Middle School.

    Cole has been with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for about four years.  He also worked for the Chesterfield Police Department for about a year.  

    This is Cole’s his first year as a school resource officer. 

    He will attend two weeks of special school resource training at the S.C. Police Academy in Columbia some time during the school year.

  • Suspect eludes chasing deputies

    A driver failed to stop for two Chesterfield Sheriff Office deputies on Sept. 9, leading them on a chase that ended up in the yard of a house on Old Sutton Road. 

    The driver, Bennie Earvain Smith Jr., 28, of Chesterfield fled on foot, according to a sheriff’s office report. A deputy chased him and caught him.

    Smith broke free and a deputy fired his Taser at Smith, which was ineffective, according to the report. 

    Smith ran into the trees off North Hickory Street and deputies were unable to find him. 

  • No timetable for NETC-McBee

    It will likely be as long as three years before Northeast Technical College opens a McBee campus. 

    NETC president Kyle Wagner said it will likely take that long to get all the approvals, and most importantly, the funding to build on the 10-acre site recently donated to the college. 

    Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Co. recently announced it would donate land from its industrial park to the college. On the same day, Alligator Water announced plans to building an IGA Grocery at its industrial park. The site is south of downtown McBee. 

  • Mt. Croghan has new digital sign

    If you are driving through Mt. Croghan, you not only need to watch your speed limit, you need to also slow down to read the town’s new digital sign.

    The sign, located near the town’s park and visible from S.C. 9, will advertise events from across the county. A grant fro Chesterfield County Economic Development Board’s tourism fund paid for the sign. 

  • Pageland’s piano ma’am has taught generations of students

    For approximately three decades, a Pageland piano teacher has shared her passion for music with more than 100 students.

    Amy R. Holley said “joy” is the greatest thing she has gotten from playing the piano and teaching it to others.

    Holley started taking piano lessons when she was nine years-old. Her father, Talmadge Rutledge, bought a new piano so his daughter could practice her lessons at home. She still has the upright piano. It is in a hallway at the front of her home. 

  • Florence slams Cheraw

    Florence no longer appears on the regional weather radar screen, but the lasting effects of the storm are having drastic consequences in Chesterfield County.

    In the eastern part of the county, roads are flooded and closed. Officials are concerned dams may break. The Pee Dee River has yet to crest, but officials know it will be higher than ever experienced. Monday morning the river was rising at a foot an hour, officials said. 

    Even though the rain has passed, emergency officials warn conditions can change quickly.