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  • Pageland motels now under common owner

    Pageland’s two motels are now under common ownership.
    Bela Patel, who has owned the Guest Lodge since 2007, recently purchased the Villager Motel.  Terms of the sale were not disclosed. 
    Patel said she plans to bring her new business, at 703 N. Pearl St., up to the same standard of the Guest Lodge.  The Guest Lodge is at 910 W. McGregor St.
    There will be a full renovation of the Villager Motel in the near future, she said.

  • Senior Spotlight: Lucie T. Miller

    Age: 66

    Town: Pageland

    Family: Husband, Billy Wayne Miller; son, Chad Miller, and five grandchildren

    Church: Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church

    Occupation/Retired from: Clerk and bus driver/Petersburg Primary; 44 years

  • Operation Hope Community Programs offers a camp stressing literacy, fitness

    The goal of summer camp at Operation Hope Community Programs Inc. of Pageland is to teach life skills of literacy and fitness to children ages six through 12.
    To promote literacy, there are two 15-minute independent reading sessions each day. Each Monday morning children walk from the Community Center to the library. The children who have library cards check out two books for the week.   

  • The Learning Academy’s enrichment activities includes reading

    Children participating in the Learning Academy’s summer camp are reading and learning during their summer break.
    Brigid E. Nivens, owner and director of the Learning Academy, said the summer program is focused on helping children learn the skills they will need for their next grade level. The children are also exposed to activities to enrich their quality of life.

  • Watermelon Festival needs volunteers

    As details for Pageland’s annual watermelon festival are being worked out you can expect a one or new two twists, lots of familiar favorites and one constant – the festival needs volunteers.
    It is a community event and it takes a community to make it happen, said festival director Darron Kirkley.
    Some people dedicate hours to the festival, he said. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that needs to be done.
    The volunteer time commitment can much less. It can be as simple as a standing on a street corner telling runners which way to turn.

  • Will this be the summer of the slide or stride?

    Reading 20 minutes a day could make the difference
    Children who don’t read consistently during the summer will, at best, tread water when the school year starts in August, say educators.
    Those who don’t read lose two to three months of reading skills, say educators. 
    The result is nine in 10 teachers will spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons learned the previous grade.
    The achievement gap can be even more pronounced among low-income students, says the National Summer Learning Association.

  • Ruby foster parent: ‘They’re my kids when they walk through the door’

    All kids need love, nurturing, security and guidance and Kristy Crowley said she is happy to provide all of those things to children who come into her Ruby home.  
    Currently, Crowley is fostering three small children while maintaining a full-time job. She also has custody of her niece, who will be in second grade next school year.
    “They’re my kids when they walk through the door,” Crowley said.

  • County short on foster homes

    When the Chesterfield County Department of Social Services is called for emergency protective custody of a child, its list of priorities is clear.
    First the child or children must be removed from any imminent danger. Drug abuse, mental illness and domestic violence by a parent usually trigger emergency protective custody. 
    Caseworkers look for a “kinship caregiver” who can house the child or children. A kinship caregiver is usually a family member, but it can be a person who is well known to the family.

  • Central honors top players in spring sports

    B.R. Hatcher and Kevon Wall closed out their Central High School sports career by being named to the all-state baseball team.
    Jake Savage, Central’s salutatorian, received the Shug Haigler “Love of the Game” award. Haigler covered Central sports for many years and baseball was one his favorite games.
    Hatcher, Savage, Wall, and Quan Chambers were named to the all-region team. Wall received the coaches’ award and Chambers was named the MVP.

  • The Ball Theatre offers summer movie program

    Pageland’s Ball Theatre is offering a low cost kids summer movie program.
    Tickets for the summer movies are $1 and a small popcorn is also $1.     
    Rodney Nicholson, owner and manager of the local theater, said the $1 shows are every Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.   The program will run through the summer.
    Nicholson said he got the idea to for the program last summer.  
    The first movie shown was “Ferdinand” on June 11.