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  • Fire, police renew request for personnel

    Pageland’s police and fire chiefs are renewing their requests for additional manpower in the 2020 budget.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Fire Chief Tommy Rivers made their requests to council at its Sept. 2 meeting.
    Town administrator Cecil Kimrey said while it is early in the budget process, “I don’t know where the money would come from for more personnel. There are not a lot of options.”
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee wants to add an officer, giving Pageland 13 sworn officers.

  • Grant sought for museum

    Pageland’s Town Council is seeking grant funds for the proposed downtown history museum.
    The council approved applying for a $25,000 grant from the Hometown Economic Development Grant program from the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
    “It’s still a long shot, but at least we should apply,” town administrator Cecil Kimrey told the council at its meeting last week.

  • Jefferson: 5 candidates, 4 seats

    In other municipal elections, five people are running for four seats on the Jefferson town council and Mt. Croghan candidates are unopposed.
    Town council members in Jefferson are at-large candidates. There are no separate districts in Jefferson.
    The Jefferson ballot is:
    ◆ Mayor: Chuck Raley
    ◆ Council members: Alvin (Bill) Myers, James M. Miller, Jane P. Johnson, Amanda B. Price and Geneviene Robinson
    The Mt. Croghan ballot is:
    ◆ Mayor: Kevin Griggs
    ◆ Council members: Jesse Jordan, Jennifer Burch, Susan Jordan and Lisa Johnson.

  • Colorful contestants dazzle judges

    For Taylor Chapman, Sunday’s beauty pageant was about attitude and appearance.
    With four years of pageant experience, and Miss Chesterfield County, Miss Sandhill and Miss Lynches River titles to her credit, Chapman knew what was expected.

  • 2 contested races on Pageland ballot

    Pageland voters will have a choice in two of the three council districts on the ballot this fall.
    In District 2, Jimmie Baker, the longest-serving council member, with 25 years of service, faces businesswoman Lavona Rivers. She is a first-time candidate.
    In District 3, Shane Hancock, who has served since 2008, faces Reginald Dye, the athletics director and parent liaison at New Heights Middle School. He is also a first-time candidate.
    Harold Hutto is unopposed in District 1. He has been on the council since 2013.

  • Bourne to coach

    Two meetings with the principal had life-long consequences for Burney Bourne.
    Bourne had just graduated Presbyterian College and was doing construction work in Columbia.
    He ran into his high school principal, Harold Snipes of Cheraw, while getting a cheeseburger at the J&K Grill.  
    Snipes asked Bourne, who had played tight end and linebacker for Cheraw, what he was doing.
    When Bourne replied “construction work,” but his heart was not in it, Snipes countered with “want a job?”

  • Youth deer draw hunts deadline

    From release
    MOULTRIE – A series of youth draw deer hunts conducted jointly by Santee Cooper and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will be continued this fall. 
    Call the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau, 843-825-3387 for an application. The deadline to apply is Sept. 13.
    Participants must be 17 or younger and capable of safely handling a firearm.
    Participants must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.

  • Two teens charged in fishing pole theft

    Several Jefferson residents reported two young males driving a golf cart through a barbed wire fence after an alleged theft in the early morning hours of Aug. 28.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy used the information from residents to find the golf cart at the residence in the 12400 block of S.C. 256.
    The deputy questioned two males at the residence. William L. Brazell, 18, of the 200 block of Miller Street in Jefferson, and a juvenile allegedly admitted to stealing fishing rods and a tackle box that morning.

  • Police arrest juvenile in drive-by shooting; investigation ongoing

    Pageland police have arrested a 17-year-old in the recent drive-by shooting on West Elizabeth Street.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee has not released the name of the person arrested because he is a juvenile.
    Greenlee said police are continuing to investigate the shooting.
    Amando Burch was shot while walking along West Elizabeth Street. He was airlifted to Atrium-Charlotte with non-life threatening injuries.
    Pageland Police said there were multiple shots fired from a Honda that pulled up to Burch.

  • Arrested while shucking corn

    A Pageland man was arrested for allegedly stealing corn on Aug. 23.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Albert D. Riggins, 18, of the 3600 block of Crowburk Road, shucking corn on a front porch.
    Riggins told deputies he took the corn from a nearby field, but only from corn stalks that were in the bushes and not accessible to a combine harvesting the field.