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  • 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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  • New NAACP leader seeks to draw more young people

    When Ural Bennett was asked to be president of the Pageland branch of the NAACP, he did not hesitate to take on the challenge.
    The 69-year-old Mt. Croghan resident said he knows there is a dire need for younger generations to be engaged in the organization, if it is going to survive.
    When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909, its mission was to secure political, educational, social and economic rights, end race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

  • Five Forks debuts on Ag + Art Tour

    By EMILY POLLOK
    Landmark News Service
    Chesterfield County’s Ag + Art Tour will kick off this weekend, with a variety of local farms and artisans for the public to explore and discover.
    The event, which is part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour – the nation’s largest free, self-guided farm tour – is an opportunity for the community to see where their food comes from and find out more about rural life, in addition to watching local artists in action.

  • Parade and car show

    Power Fanatics Mustang Club teamed up with Operation Hope Community Programs Inc. and Elaine Robertson to host a parade and car show on June 15.
    The parade and car show accepted entries of all types – cars, motorcycles, trucks, dragsters, classic cars, big rigs, four wheelers and tractors.
    The event was held to benefit Operation Hope Programs, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and sponsors programs for local children such as summer camps and football camps.