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  • Downy mildew hits S.C. crops

    From release
    CHARLESTON — Downy mildew has made its way to South Carolina and Clemson University Extension specialist Tony Keinath advises cucurbit growers to spray fungicides to cut their losses.
    Downy mildew has been reported on watermelons in south Georgia. South Carolina growers are encouraged to spray their crops with protectants.

  • State adopts new paper-based voting system

    From release
    COLUMBIA – South Carolina has selected the Election Systems and Software ExpressVote paper-based voting system to replace the state’s paperless system that has been in place since 2004.

  • Pageland Town Council receives good 2018 audit report

    The town of Pageland received a good financial audit report for 2018 with three of its four funds posting a surplus.
    The audit was presented during the town council’s June  4 meeting.
    K. Eve McCoy, independent auditor for Pageland, said the general fund ended with a surplus of $135,000 and the hospitality fund ended with an excess of  $58,000.
    The fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2018.
    “That’s a very strong position to be in,” McCoy said.  “You are covering enough revenue in those funds.”

  • S.C. gas tax increases July 1

    From release

    South Carolina’s motor fuel user fee, which helps support road, bridge, and infrastructure work in South Carolina, increases two cents per gallon beginning July 1.
    The increase is part of the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act passed by the General Assembly in 2017, which raises the fee by $0.02 each July until 2022 when it reaches .28 cents.

  • Platts new director of S.C. Arts Commission

    By Stephanie Jadrnicek
    Landmark News Service

    After serving the Lancaster County School District for 15 years, arts and science coordinator David Platts has been named executive director of the S.C. Arts Commission.
    On July 1, Platts will step in to lead the state agency in its effort to increase public participation in the arts.

  • Festival beer sales must meet current code

    Adhering to an ordinance passed in January for the #Pick Pageland campaign will likely determine if beer will be sold at the upcoming Watermelon Festival.
    In January, the town council approved ordinance 401 to allow alcohol at Pageland’s Community Center, the Scout Hut (now the nutrition center) and the gazebo area at Moore’s Park, if certain conditions are met.

  • Senior Spotlight: Dorothy B. Myers

    Age: 72.
    Town: Jefferson.
    Family: Husband, Alvin “Bill” Myers, one son, a daughter-in-law, one daughter, a son-in-law, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    Church: Mt. Canaan Baptist Church.
    Occupation/retired from: Owner of Myers Beauty Salon, 38 years.
    Favorite meal: Fried chicken, rice and gravy, and a garden salad.
    Favorite TV show: “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
    How you spend your days? Working part-time at my salon, walking 2 to 3 miles three times a week and just enjoying my life.

  • Feds likely to OK $6.6M in sewer funding

    Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Co. is moving forward with a $6.6 million sewer project to extend service to customers around Lake Robinson and along Highway 151.
    Glenn Odom, general manager for Alligator Rural Water, said during a public meeting at the company’s McBee headquarters Friday that the U.S. Agriculture Department has ranked the project as a top priority.
    “We’re number one on the list to receive funding from the USDA,” Odom said. “All we’re waiting on now is an EID number to electronically apply for the funding.”

  • A mom’s Memorial Day tribute to her fallen son

    Theresa Hicks stood before the crowd not as a public speaker, not as a Gold Star mother – a title nobody wants – but simply as Jason Hicks’ mom.
    Jason, 25, died March 23, 2003, when the U.S. Air Force helicopter he was in crashed during a humanitarian mission.
    She recalled that Sunday afternoon.
    There was a breaking news report on TV. An Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter had crashed in a remote location in Afghanistan.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: June 2019 Edition

    Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Be sure to visit your local public library this summer.  Registration for our Summer Reading Program begins June 3 in Chesterfield, June 4 in Pageland, June 5 in Cheraw, June 6 in McBee, and June 7tin Jefferson. 
    Drop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    This day is all about the moon!  Kids can get registered, then get to make moon dough before they go!