• Volunteers needed for homeless count

    From release

    The nationwide Point-In-Time Homeless Count in Chesterfield County will be Jan. 24. 

    This effort, is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is a  snapshot of homelessness, recording the number of people in an emergency shelter or who are unsheltered on a single night of the year.

    Chesterfield County relies on trained volunteers for the count. 

  • Three honored at NETC

    From release

    Three Northeastern Technical College employees were recently honored by the South Carolina Technical Education Association. 

    Elizabeth Dutton, an English instructor, was named at NETC’s Faculty Member of the Year.

    Erin Fann was named Administrator of the Year for her work as Director of Institutional Advancement. 

    Patricia Dixon, a college recruiter, was named voted Staff Person of the Year.

  • McLeod opens sleep clinic

    From release 

    FLORENCE  – McLeod Regional Medical Center has established the McLeod Sleep Clinic to help diagnose and manage sleep disorders in adults 18 and older.

    At the clinic, patients consult with a sleep specialist to arrange diagnostic tests, determine the appropriate diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan. Should the patient need equipment such as a continuous positive airway pressure machine, these items will be ordered.

  • New oncologist joins McLeod cancer team

    From release 

    FLORENCE –  Medical Oncologist Dr. Ravneet Bajwa is the new member of the cancer team at The McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research.

    Dr. Bajwa joins Dr. Rajesh Bajaj, Dr. Michael Pavy, Dr. Sreenivas Rao, Dr. Jamie Smith, and Dr. Karim Tazi in serving patients at McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates, a department of McLeod Regional Medical Center.

  • Coat drive helps fight cold weather

    A Pageland business owner said her winter coat drive was a huge success thanks to the generosity of a few area businesses and individuals.

    Brandy Lou Edwards, owner of Tropical Tanz, 201 W. McGregor St., distributed approximately 100 coats she collected from mid-October to mid-December to help less fortunate residents stay warm during the extreme cold temperatures.

  • Senior Spotlight: Wilbert “Butch” Peques

    Age: 71
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Annie Ruth; two daughters; two sons; six grandchildren and one great grandchild
    Occupation: Owner of Butch Peques Inc., a trucking business. Owner of a backhoe and construction business
    Favorite meal: Fried chicken, chitlins, rice and collard greens
    Favorite TV show: “Sanford and Son”
    How you spend your days? Working, fishing and doing some rabbit hunting

  • Letter to Santa a blessing for McBee

    For the past several years, Emalee Moree of McBee has put others before herself in her letter to Santa.
    Usually it was a small request or kindness that Emalee, now 8, wanted to see happen.
    This year’s request to Santa was so big, so unselfish, that it melted her mother’s heart and made her cry.
    Emalee asked Santa for a “blessing box” for people who need food and other supplies.
    She made the request after seeing classmates leave school with backpacks of food. If they needed food, Emalee wondered, what about others?

  • Pageland honors Dr. King Jan. 15

    “Don’t forget the dream” is the theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pageland on Jan. 15.
    The seventh annual King celebration is sponsored by the Jefferson-Pageland Ministerial Alliance.
    It is almost 50 years since King was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

  • Mount Croghan loses a civic treasure

    Even the wind was silent Saturday as the airmen folded an American flag, making sure each fold was precise and crisp.
    Suddenly the puttering of a single-engine plane interrupted the silence.
    Whether by design or happenstance, the sound of that airplane was a fitting tribute to James Oscar Taylor Jr. of Mount Croghan, who died Jan. 1 at age 98.
    Fitting not only because Col. Taylor was a 30-year veteran of the Air Force who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but because Taylor had a single purpose much like that one engine that guided the plane.

  • Expo to discuss farm bill, agriculture outlook

    From release

    FLORENCE – The 6th annual SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be Jan. 17-18 at the Florence Center.
    The event brings together the best in agriculture – education, connecting and innovation, organizers said.
    The expo begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 with a farmer appreciation breakfast. The keynote speaker is Boone Peeler, newly appointed USDA, FSA Executive Director. Dr. Nate Smith, a Clemson economist and will team will discuss the “Ag Outlook and Marketing Session.”