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  • Brooks: Temperament, personality, results

    Jay Brooks is one of those rare individuals who can say paying his taxes was a good thing.
    It was 1987 and Brooks was at the Chesterfield Courthouse to pay his bill when he ran into Sheriff Ralph Freeman.
    Brooks, who was working on his family farm in Pageland, told Freeman he needed a job.
    “The next day I had uniform, a used patrol car and a used gun. That’s what we did back then,” Brooks said.

  • How sheriff candidates would fight the war on drugs

    While the candidates for Chesterfield County sheriff have plenty of experience fighting illegal drugs, each offers a slightly different perspective on the problem.
    Incumbent Sheriff Jay Brooks was the county’s first D.A.R.E. officer. The acronym stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It was once a popular school program in the war against drugs.
    Challenger James Dixon was the first narcotics officer in the Bennettsville Police Department.

  • June 12 Primary voter information

    Polls open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Who can I vote for? Voters will be asked what primary they want to vote in. There is a Democratic Party Primary and a Republican Party Primary. The only local race is the Democratic Party primary for sheriff. If you choose to vote in the Republican Party, which has statewide and as well as congressional races, you will not be allowed to vote in the Democratic Party primary for sheriff.

  • Memorial Day: Recalling those who we loved

    Slowly and carefully members of the American Legion read the names of Chesterfield County servicemen who have died serving their country.
    In the audience at the county courthouse, people listened for the names of their brothers, their sons, and their relatives.
    J.B Campbell, 91, of Ruby, waited for the name of his cousin, Martus Douglas.
    Carroll Raffaldt, 71, of Mt. Croghan, waited for the name of Sgt. James Lee Raffalft, the uncle he never knew. Sgt. Raffaldt was killed Nov. 4, 1944, and is buried in Belgium.

  • The scramble to find little Harlee

    When Breanna Lewis called Chesterfield County 911 on the early afternoon of May 29, her voice alternated between calmness and screaming.
    She told a dispatcher that a man confronted her at her mailbox on Jackson Road, northeast of Chesterfield, made sexual advances, assaulted her and then grabbed her child off her hip. He fled in a gold or tan SUV.
    911 officials immediately called the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. As investigators went to the scene, the dispatcher kept Lewis on the phone, getting as much information as possible.

  • Mental competency of Chesterfield woman questioned after death of her child

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office is seeking a competency hearing for the woman who is the the prime suspect in the death of her 11 month-old daughter.
    Sheriff Jay Brooks said his office will ask the court to order a mental evaluation of Breanna Lewis.
    Lewis, 19, is the mother of Harlee Lane Lewis. Harlee's dead body was "hidden in a diaper box," amid the brush about 1,000 feet from a home on Daisy Lewis Lane, a dirt road in rural Chesterfield County.

  • Dead child found near Chesterfield home; mother in custody

    A Chesterfield woman has been charged with filing a false police report and is the prime suspect in the death of her 11-month-old daughter. Breanna Lewis is being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

    Deputies from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office discovered the dead body of a child "hidden in a diaper box" about 1,000 feet from a home off Jackson Road East outside of Chesterfield on Tuesday.

  • Whispers In The Stacks: June 2018 Edition

    Michael Kaltwang

    Library Director

    As Alice Cooper’s song says: “School’s out for summer. School’s out…..” 

    Well, not forever, but our “Libraries Rock” summer reading program is IN! 

    Registration for the Summer Reading Program for all ages begins June 4 in Chesterfield, June 5 in Pageland, June 6 in Cheraw, June 7 in McBee, and June 8 in Jefferson. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with a kickoff event at each branch.  

  • Time to vaccinate horses

    From release 

    COLUMBIA — A five-milligram mosquito can slay a 1,000-pound horse in a matter of days. All it needs is the right virus.

    The horse can survive the attack. All it needs is the right vaccine at the right time.

    Now is the right time.

    “Last year in South Carolina, we had 10 cases of West Nile Virus in horses and another nine of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE),” said Sean Eastman, director of field services for the Animal Health Programs branch of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

  • Pageland updates street closing list

    The Pageland Town Council changed the streets it will close for special events during a special town council meeting May 21. 

    Streets that will be closed for events such as the monthly Cruise In and the Parade of Power are the 100 block of Pearl street and the 100 block of east and west Maynor street.