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  • Council approved work at Community Center

    Repairs are underway at the Pageland Community Center and improvements are also planned.
    The town council last Tuesday tentatively approved a $22,970 contract with LL Johns Heat & Air of Pageland to replace two of the building’s four HVAC units. The units are currently inoperable.
    The council also allocated $15,000 to remove fencing and a light pole to allow the baseball fields to also be used as a football field.
    In other action the council:

  • Council honors top graduates

    The Pageland Town Council honored the top students from Central High School and South Pointe Christian School at its July 2 meeting.
    Awards were presents to Pooja Patel, valedictorian at South Pointe, and Bethany Funderburk and Kylie Mangum, salutatorians at South Pointe and Central respectively.
    Central valedictorian Geena Rivers could not attend because of a prior commitment.
    Mayor Pro Tem Harold Hutto, a former principal, encouraged the students to “do their best.”

  • Lynches River may offer rural high-speed internet

    By Stephanie Jadrnicek
    Landmark News Service

    Lynches River Electric Cooperative may be bringing high-speed fiber-optic internet to its members.
    Through July 15, members and nonmembers can participate in an online survey to express interest in obtaining fiber-optic internet service at survey.lynchesriver.com.
    Lynches River communications coordinator Tyson Blanton said the co-op doesn’t currently offer internet service, but she knows there’s a need for faster internet speeds in rural areas.

  • Festival events start this weekend

    Pageland’s Watermelon Festival begins this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an emphasis on speed and song.
    On Friday, golfers will try to master the speed of the greens at White Plains Country Club as the captain’s choice tournament returns to the festival.
    The cost is $200 per team of four. Check in is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon.
    On Saturday, it is speed in the air and on the ground.

  • Festival resumes beauty pageant

    After a two-year hiatus, the Pageland Watermelon Queen pageant returns to the festival.
    The 2019 Pageland Watermelon Queen will be crowned Thursday at the Community Center. The event starts at 6 p.m.
    There are two age groups, 13 to 17 years-old and 18 to 23 years-old.
    In 2017, the festival organizers ended their pageant, giving their support to the Miss Pageland Pageant. For two years, Miss Pageland winners have assisted with the festival.

  • Melon mania in full swing

    The Pageland Watermelon Festival is all about choices this year – even when it comes to fashion.
    Gone are the days when the festival had one “official” t-shirt design that was sold by the festival volunteers.
    The festival’s official t-shirts this year are simple, snarky and snazzy and they come in multiple colors and sizes.

  • The cost of time

    Repairing Pageland’s downtown troublesome time piece  – the clock at the corner of West McGregor and North Maple streets – will likely be costly.
    The clock has not worked properly for several years. A recent photo of two of the clock’s four faces, showed two different times.

  • Fiery crash closes S.C. 9

    A crash of a pickup truck and a Hyundai sedan on July 1 resulted in a fire that closed S.C. 9 at Airport Road.
    Both vehicles were traveling west on S.C. 9 toward Pageland shortly after 8 p.m on July 1. It was still daylight.
    The Hyundai, driven by Ashley N. Smith, 30, of Cheraw, struck a pickup truck driven by Quentin C. Gaskins, 33, Jefferson.
    The pickup ended up facing east on S.C. 9 at the intersection with Airport Road.

  • Service academy nominations

    From release
    COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's 2019 Military Academy Nomination Application process is now open.
    Sen. Scott’s office is accepting applications Oct. 18 for candidates interested in attending one of the four service academies - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

  • NETC Graduated 24 students from the Nursing Program

    From release
    Twenty-four students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College with their Associate Degree in Nursing.
    The graduates:
    Erin M. Allison of Bennettsville, Mary Jo Black of Bennettsville, Lori Jo Brayboy of McColl, Kiiursti Shadae Brigman of Mullins, Iris Faye Davis of Lakeview, Vanessa Alexandra Denise Davis of Latta, August Dawkins-Benjamin of Society Hill, Hailey Danielle Louise Deese of Darlington, Pamela R. Depugh of Mt. Croghan, Stephanie Rose Edmond of Pageland, Tryna DeAne Graves of Fork,