• SCDNR schedules controlled burning operations

    From release
    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burning operations on McBee, Campbell's Crossroads and Angelus Wildlife Management Areas in Chesterfield County in the coming weeks.
    Prescribed burning, also called controlled burning, is intentionally setting fire to forest, brush or grassland vegetation under specified conditions and precautions.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: March 2019 Edition

    Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Happy March! 
    So many great things happen in March.
    Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2. Daylight Savings Time starts March 10. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and the first day of Spring is March 20.
    March is also also “International Women’s History Month,” “National Craft Month,” and “Youth Art Month.”  What better way can you think of to celebrate these days and events, than to visit your local library?

  • A. O. Smith launches new on-site healthcare access for employees

    McBEE  – A. O. Smith has hired an onsite nurse practitioner for its employees at the McBee facility.
    The company said it decided to offer the service to help employees meet simple medical needs without losing time from work.
    “Our main concern is the well-being of our employees,” said Wanda Herron, human resources manager.
    “This program will allow our team members to take care of their non-emergent, but necessary, healthcare concerns at no cost or stress to the individual.”

  • Two traffic fatalities in Chesterfield County

    Two Cheraw residents died in separate traffic accidents Saturday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Harvey Leroy Douglas, 53, died after a 5:10 a.m. accident on Tec Road near Hunter Ridge Road.
    Douglas was riding a bicycle north on Tec Road when he was struck by a Dodge Charger.
    The accident is under investigation.

  • Deputy draws weapon during alleged assault

    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled his weapon while responding to a possible assault in Pageland on Feb. 17.
    The officer was sent to the 700 block of North Arant Street. Dispatchers advised they had heard threats being made during the 911 call, according the sheriff’s office report.
    The officer heard screaming, as well as “beating and banging” as he approached a residence, according to the report.

  • Liquor store relocating

    Highway 9 Liquor and Wine is moving into the former Rylan’s Restaurant location near the intersection of SC 151 and SC 9.
    Owner Ethan Foard said renovations of the former restaurant should be finished soon. He anticipates moving the liquor store from 28495 S.C. 9, to its new location in April.
    The move will result in more retail space and possibly more customers, Foard said.
    Foard said he intends to lease the former location.
    Foard also operates a Highway 9 store in Chesterfield at 105 Page Street.

  • Local traffic stops often lead to drug arrests

    Traffic stops for broken tail lights, cracked windshields, even littering, are a critical first step in Chesterfield County’s war on drugs, say local law enforcement officials.
    The smallest of infractions can give law enforcement the “probable cause” it needs to investigate further, says Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon and Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee.

  • Amendments fine tune Education bill

    The K-12 subcommittee of the House Education committee made 28 changes to a comprehensive education bill before sending it to the full House for consideration last week. 
    The changes were made last Thursday after Gov. Henry McMaster, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, Senate Education Committee chair Greg Hembree, R-Horry and Jay Lucas, speaker of the House, gathered, promising to continue to listen to suggestions on how to improve the bill.
    Some teachers have complained they were not part of the process that drafted the bill.

  • Yow: Education bill needs more changes

    The comprehensive education bill making its way through the S.C. House has provision that could hurt technical colleges and adult education programs, says Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield County.
    Most of the debate over the bill has focused on kindergarten through high school education, particularly teacher pay, eliminating some tests and how to help failing schools and school districts.

  • Peppers’ aid to help Pageland

    A portion of Julius Peppers’ hurricane aid is coming to Pageland.
    Operation Hope was awarded a $5,000 grant to help victims of Hurricane Florence and others in need in Pageland.
    The grant comes from the $75,000 Peppers committed to help Chesterfield and Marlboro counties residents.
    Jeff Blakeney of Operation Hope filed the grant application with the United Way of Chesterfield County because, “I know the people affected by the storm, by the winter months, as well as the people on the street.”