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  • Pageland farm boy survives landing

    Private First Class Curtis Outen’s introduction to war came quickly.
    The 22-year-old, who helped his family farm 200 acres near Pageland, was in the second wave of U.S. troops to hit the “Omaha” beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
    He was immediately under gunfire.
    He dove into the sand. Seconds later a mortar round exploded near him, releasing shrapnel that shredded his pants and destroyed his “K-9” rations.

  • Duke Energy to appeal rate case decision

    Duke Energy Progress, which serves parts of Pageland and Chesterfield County, plans to appeal last week’s S.C. Public Service Commission’s decision on its proposed rate increases.
    Ryan Mosier, spokesman for Duke Energy Progress, said in a statement the utility was “disappointed with certain aspects of the ruling.”
    The commission adopted a 9.5 percent return on equity and disallowed recovery of certain coal ash costs deemed to be related to implementation of North Carolina's Coal Ash Management Act.

  • NAACP speaker calls new generations to action

    CHESTERFIELD – Freedom, says the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, knows only one direction, moving forward.
    “Today, we’re angry, confused and bewildered, wondering what has happened in America that we are where we are,” he told members of the Chesterfield branch of the NAACP at the group’s recent annual fundraiser.
    To move forward, “we’ve got to fight, because fighting is what we do.”

  • Pageland Nutrition Center has new manager

    Rachel Brock is the new manager at the Pageland Nutrition Center.
    “I love it here,” Brock said.  “I love the people and look forward coming to work.”
    Rusty Rivers, the outgoing manager, was a great trainer, she said.
    The Pageland center at 303 N. Sycamore St. is open five days a week, Monday. through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., except on holidays. It serves people 60 years and older.

  • Stepping Stones Counseling a safe haven

    Shannon Haigler, owner of Stepping Stones Counseling in Pageland, earns the trust of her clients by making her center a safe place for them.
    “If I don’t have their trust, they aren’t going to be open,” Haigler said.  “I let them know that I’m here to stay and I’m not going to give up on them.”
    When Haigler opened her counseling service  at 1604 S.C. 151, she wanted a name that was motivating.
    Her business, she said, is a “stepping stone.”

  • ‘Wow’ and watermelons

    Organizers of the 2019 Watermelon Festival have one simple goal – to bring more “wow” to the event and make it a more than just a party for Pageland.
    The festival is a chance to show off Pageland, hopefully bringing more tourism and economic development to the town, said festival organizers Timothy Griffin and Sherri Honeycutt.
    Among the changes to bring more “wow” this year are:

  • Lewis ruled competent to stand trial

    CHESTERFIELD – Last Wednesday in only her second court appearance, Breanna Lewis was denied bail and ruled competent to stand trial in the death of her 11-month-old daughter Harlee.
    Judge Paul Burch said Lewis would remain in jail pending her murder trial, rejecting the defense request that she be released with a GPS monitoring device. Lewis has been incarcerated since her arrest after the May 29, 2918, killing.
    Burch gave attorneys 120 days to come with a plan to move the case forward.

  • 'I just want to be dad'

    If you’ve ever been involved in Central High School athletics, you know Mitch Leaird’s routine.
    He is among the first to arrive, and the last to leave.
    He mows the grass and fixes problems as they pop up.
    He works with his players, hitting grounders for infield practice or helping them with their swing.
    If it’s football season, he’s pacing the sidelines, a cell phone glued to his ear as he constantly monitors scores of other games.
    But there’s a big change coming.

  • Senior Spotlight: Genevieve Miller Robinson

    Age: 72
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: Two sons, Hade Jr. and Wilbert; one daughter, Kelli; and six grandchildren
    Church: Hopewell United Methodist Church
    Current Job: Assistant with the afterschool program at my church
    Favorite meal: Baked chicken, candied yams, stringed beans and broccoli
    Favorite TV show: “The View”
    How you spend your days? I work in my flower beds and read the Bible and other nonfiction books. Currently, I am reading “Becoming Michelle Obama.”

  • Asphalt workers needed

    From release
    COLUMBIA – The non-profit South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association and its members have launched Asphalt Works!, a statewide campaign designed to attract new asphalt industry workers — and repair the state’s roads.
    Currently there are more than 350 available jobs in South Carolina’s asphalt industry.