• Traffic stop leads to littering, drug charges

    A routine traffic safety check on East McGregor Street in Pageland resulted in drug and littering charges when the driver threw a plastic bag from the vehicle.
    Chesterfield County sheriff deputies stopped Jeremiah Burr, 24, of the 7900 block of S.C. 265, about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 4.
    A deputy asked Burr for his driver’s license. Another deputy looked into the car, seeing a digital scale on the passenger seat, according to the sheriff’s office report.

  • Planning Commission, not town council, can rename streets

    Efforts to rename Elm Street for Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will not be decided by the Pageland Town Council.
    According to the town’s ordinance, the decision rests with the town’s Planning Commission, after a referendum is held.
    The town’s referendum requirement, however, conflicts with state law.
    Town attorney Adam Foard wants the town council to repeal the referendum provision.

  • Jenkins farm finale

    JEFFERSON – The Jenkins family of Jefferson is getting out of the farming business.
    Family patriarch Billy Jenkins, 66, died June 16 in an early morning, single vehicle accident.
    The family recently decided it did not have the experience to manage the farm. The family is leasing the farmland, but will continue to manage its forestry resources, said Billy’s wife, Barbara Jenkins.
    The decision leaves Chesterfield County with only a handful of watermelon growers.

  • Blessings Resource Center closing

    The Blessings Resource Center of Pageland is closing its food pantry. The food pantry has been operated by The Chesterfield County First Steps for six years. It will close Feb. 28.
    The First Steps board of directors said the organization is focusing its efforts on direct services to children.

  • Valentine's Day Love Birds

    The Blakeneys
    Names:  Jeff and Phelishia Blakeney
    How long have you been married?
    15 years in April
    How did you meet?
    We went to Central High School together.
    What moment did you know he/she was the one for you?
    He started asking my opinions and advice about important decisions.  It was the sadness I felt when I thought I might lose her.
    What is your favorite quality that he/she possesses?
    Him:  He always makes sure the kids and I are taken care of.

  • Senior Spotlight: Gerald Thomas “Mickey” Baker

    Age: 71
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Valeria; two sons, Mitchell and Dale; and five grandchildren
    Church: Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Community worker; retired machinist, 23 years
    Favorite meal: T-bone steak, a baked potato and broccoli
    Favorite TV show: World Changers International Church with Creflo Dollar, and Jesse Duplantis Ministries
    How you spend your days? I am currently working on restarting a youth mentoring program.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Clemson study finds calcium keeps roses red

    “O my Luve is like a red, red rose
    That’s newly sprung in June;
    O my Luve is like the melody
    That’s sweetly played in tune.”

    From release

    CLEMSON – When Robert Burns wrote his iconic poem “A Red, Red Rose” in 1794, he couldn’t have imagined the industry that would become of growing, shipping, arranging and delivering the enduring symbols of love and beauty.

  • Shop local for Valentine's Day

    While flowers and chocolate candies are huge sellers for Valentine’s Day, there are other gift ideas to consider.
    New Creations Embroidery and Gifts, 119 W. McGregor St., offers a large “buy one, get one half off” sale on most of its Simply Southern products. Sale items include lip gloss, key chains, contact cases, jackets, leggings, tunics and shirts. You can also buy three pairs of Simply Southern socks for $15.

  • Local florists gear up for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, local florists suggest placing your gift orders as soon as possible.
    Laura Horton, owner of Classic Corner Florist in Jefferson, and Lisa Gibson, owner of Abbey’s Flowers and Grapevine in Chesterfield, said people with special orders need to get them in at least one week before Feb. 14.
    This will help the florists determine how many, as well as what kinds, of fresh flowers they need.
    Horton said she has already been getting orders for Valentine’s Day.

  • 'High Five for the Top Five'

    #MyPageland wants one more social media push in the quest to win a $500,000 downtown makeover.
    The final five contestants of the Small Business Revolution Main Street contest will be announced next Tuesday.
    The winner will be determined by a nationwide vote and will be featured on the fourth season of the reality television show, sponsored by the Deluxe Corp.
    Pageland was one of more than 12,000 initial entries and one of 10 remaining towns in the nationwide contest. Show host Amanda Brinkman and her crew visited Pageland last week.