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  • Riding for the fallen

    It is a cycling ride they would gladly not make.
    Six days, 90 to 117 miles each day, from the coast to the mountains.
    Gentle hills give way to long, strenuous climbs. Triple-digit temperatures rise from the pavement.
    At each stop the 30 riders load carbohydrates to give them the fuel to complete the next leg of the journey.
    It’s not the hardships they would forgo.

  • Operation Hope brightened kids’ summers

    Local children recently learned life skills, literacy and physical fitness during Operation Hope Community Programs’ third annual summer camp.
    Held at the Pageland Elementary School gym, the camp included a field trip to the Kershaw Community Center pool, sports and walks to the Pageland Community Library. 

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director

    Summer is in full-swing, and so is our summer reading program for adults and kids of all ages.
    It’s not too late to participate and to register for prizes. Be sure to catch our special local guest performers each week at different libraries around the county.

  • Senior Spotlight: Roy Lee Tyson

    Age:  70
    Town:   Pageland
    Family:  Wife, Inez; three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren
    Church:  Mt. Harmon Missionary Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from:  Conbraco Industries, 38 years; U.S. Army, two years
    Favorite meal:  Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice, okra and collard greens
    Favorite TV show:  “Street Outlaws”

  • Mitchell bids farewell to CCCC

    During the regular monthly meeting of the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council on Friday, former executive director Margaret Mitchell bid an official farewell to the organization.
    Mitchell has served as CCCC executive director since 1996. But she was initially hired in August 1994 to implement a grant program, which was the first grant the organization ever received.
    “Working with the CCCC has been a calling, a part of my family culture and my faith,” Mitchell said.

  • Pageland Class of 1969 holds historic reunion

    The first integrated class from Pageland and Petersburg high schools celebrated its 50th reunion Saturday at the Jefferson Community Center.
    About two dozen of the former 1969 classmates gathered to talk about the past. Paul Brewer Jr., reunion committee member, welcomed the former classmates and their guests.
    “Who would have thought we would make it to this 50th reunion celebration,” he said.

  • Pageland sewer expansion short $8 million

    Pageland’s sewer expansion project is facing an $8 million shortfall.
    When town officials initially reviewed bids for the project, estimates ranged between $10 million and $12 million.
    Since then, the costs have increased to more than $20 million and the town has only secured $12.5 million in federal funds for the project.
    Mayor Jason Evans said town officials have been meeting with state and federal government officials to see what funds might be available for Pageland. A meeting with S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) was scheduled for Monday.

  • Man sought in Pageland woman’s fatal shooting

    Authorities are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pageland woman that occurred late Wednesday night.

    The victim, 18-year-old Amber Horton, went to the Pageland Police Department after she was shot in a moving car travelling down S.C. 151 south of Pageland, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office release.

  • Chesterfield County ratings on child poverty, education

    From release
    Persistent problems involving poverty and education are hindering the wellbeing of South Carolina children, according to the Children’s Trust of South Carolina.
    The state’s national ranking for this year in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation “Kids Count” survey is 39th. In 2018 the state achieved its highest ranking ever at 38.
    Almost 25 percent of children in South Carolina live in poverty, and 12 percent live in high-poverty communities, according to the report.

  • Cheraw man arrested on domestic-violence charges

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Cheraw man on domestic-violence charges involving a gun on June 7.
    Johnny Foster, 72, of the 300 block of Diane Drive, was accused of pointing a rifle at the victim and then firing a shot in a burn barrel behind the victim.
    Deputies entered the house to detain Foster. They found the loaded rifle and more ammunition.
    Foster was charged with aggravated domestic violence. He was issued a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.
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