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  • Having a ball

    The new faith-based movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” has rocked box offices across the nation, including The Ball Theatre in Pageland.
    Rodney Nicholson, owner of the local theater, said people as far away as Irmo and Waxhaw and Concord, N.C. came to Pageland to see “I Can Only Imagine.” The film was shown from March 23 to last Thursday evening.
    More than 2,000 customers came during the two-week run.  

  • Chesterfield County lands ‘sweet’ economic deal

    Stevia, a plant harvested by natives long before the Spanish explored what is now South America, is coming to Chesterfield County.
    US Stevia plans to cultivate up to 1,500 acres of the plant. After harvest, the plant’s steviod glycosides will be extracted at the Carolina Centre Line South Industrial Park in the county.
    The resulting extract is anywhere from 200 to 400 times sweeter than sugar.
    The announcement was made last week when the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved the final reading for incentives for US Stevia.

  • Town Council denies chamber’s request for 2017 funds

    The Pageland Town Council has denied a request by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce for 2017 hospitality tax funds.
    The town council had budgeted $3,000 for the chamber, but the chamber apparently never filed the paperwork requesting the funds.
    Recently appointed chamber president Tim Griffin had asked the town council to retroactively allocate the funds.
    Last Thursday the council, on the advice of its auditor, decided not to give the chamber the 2017 The hospitality tax, which like most taxes, has a long list of conditions for using the funds.

  • Fee to lease land for hangars at Pageland airport may rise

    The town of Pageland wants to increase the revenue it gets from leasing land for hangars at the airport.
    An initial lease proposal before the town council called for a $250 yearly payment with a lease of 99 years.
    Councilman Johnny Knight suggested the fee be higher, possibly a percentage of the lease. Revenue from the leases could be used to buy land to expand the airport, he said. “A fee of $250 is not worth our time,” he said.

  • Youth program gives insights into police operations

    The Pageland Police Department’s new Explorer Post 1513 program, geared to helping youth develop character and leadership skills, is operational.
    Pageland Police Capt. Dean Short, coordinator for Explorer Post 1513, said young people in the program are exposed to the everyday duties of law enforcement officers, as well as developing a sense of community.
    “We want to help them become good, respectable and responsible adults,” Short said.

  • Another microquake near Pageland

    Pageland’s first earthquake of the year came late Thursday evening, east-south-east of town.
    The magnitude was 2.0
    It is the fourth earthquake in less than a year’s time.
    Previous earthquakes were 2.2 magnitude on Dec. 20, 2017; 2.4 magnitude on Nov. 24, 2017, and 2.2 magnitude on May 18, 2017.
    The May 18 earthquake was also east-south-east of town.
    All of the quakes are considered minor.

  • Senior Spotlight: Ervie L. King

    Age: 90
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Mary Y. King, wife; a daughter; an adopted son; a grandson (we raised); three grandchildren and two great grandchildren
    Church: St. Ernest Catholic Church, Pageland
    Occupation/Retired from: Farmer; retired cake baker for Riesterer’s Bakery in New York
    Favorite meal: Fish (except for catfish), vegetables, cole slaw and hush pupplies
    Favorite TV show: Westerns
    How you spend your days? Watching television
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach, Canada and New York 

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Chesterfield County Library Director

    Happy April.
    April is designated as the “national month” of many things, but I want to focus on April as the “National Month Of Hope.” We finally begin to feel the warmer weather of springtime, we see the flowers budding, hear the joyful chirping of birds, and we get a sense of hope as things of nature return from winter dormancy.  

  • 3 incumbents on Water Co. ballot

    The annual meeting of the Chesterfield County Rural Water Co. is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School gym.
    Three board members are up for elections: W.M. Cassidy of the Eastern District, Dean Tucker of the Central District and Brad Pigg of the Western District. All are incumbents and unopposed.  
    Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
    Door prizes and a drawing for special gifts will be held. You must be present to win. Each member of the water co. has been sent a notice with a registration/prize drawing ticket.

  • Rematch: Brooks, Dixon running for sheriff

    Chesterfield County voters have one contested local race in the upcoming Democratic June primary – Sheriff Jay Brooks against James Dixon.

    It is a rematch of the 2014 primary where Dixon initially got more votes than Brooks, but not enough to win outright.
    In a runoff election, Brooks got 51 percent of the vote compared to 48.5 percent for Dixon. The margin of victory was 189 votes.