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  • New detour for Little Fork Creek work

    From release

    Replacing the bridge over Little Fork Creek on S-13-39, Ogburn Road, in Chesterfield County has resulted in new detour.   
    The original detour used S-12-41, Dewitt Lowry Road. After inspecting the bridge on Dewitt Lowry Road, the South Carolina Department of Transportation recommended reducing the axle load weight allowed on the bridge.
    As a result, a new detour is being installed.

  • Sheheen offers new higher education funding bill

    S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen says family played a part in his recently filed higher education bill.
    With three children in college, Sheheen said something needs to be done to control the rising cost of higher education in South Carolina.
    “South Carolina (college tuition) is the highest in the South and sixth highest in the country for (out-of-state) tuition,” Sheheen said last week. “We need to constrain that cost.”
    He also said that state funding for higher education is $225 million below 2008 pre-recession funding levels.

  • Passenger dies in 3-vehicle collision on U.S. 601

    A three-vehicle collision on U.S. 601 on May 9 resulted in one fatality, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Ernestina Bernal-Iturbe, 63, of Wingate, N.C.,  a passenger, died after the collision. 
    The collision happened about 5 p.m. about two miles north of Pageland.
    Onyx Burns, 21, of Maxton, N.C. was making a left turn into a private driveway in his 2000 Jeep sports utility vehicle when it struck a northbound 2012 Saturn driven by John Ditela, 90, of Wingate, N.C.  Bernal-Iturbe was a passenger in Dietela’s car.

  • Running like Wilma

    Growing up, Chesterfield native Trudy Merriman Young was told by her father, “if you don’t do something right, don’t it at all.”
    Her teachers told her to she could do whatever she wanted to, as long as “she ran like Wilma.”
    Much later Young understood her teachers were referring to runner Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals in the Olympics.
    The simple advice helped Young, a 1973 graduate of Chesterfield High, in her U.S. Air Force and civilian careers.

  • McBee’s new Nestle plant manager once made Butterfingers, Baby Ruths

    Maggie Keener celebrated her first birthday last Thursday.
    Before the festivities, her dad, Brent, had to go to work. His job? Make sure there were no problems with the water.
    It will likely be a few more years before Maggie wants to know what daddy does.
    But once she learns her dad was once the “Candy Man,” making Butterfinger and Baby Ruth bars for Nestle, it is going to be hard to convince her that being the “Water Man” for Nestle is just as exciting.

  • Yard Sale of the Carolinas Saturday

    From release

    CHESTERFIELD – The annual “Yard Sale of the Carolinas” starts at 7 a.m. Saturday in front of the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Main St.  
    The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and Hospice of Chesterfield County. A booth space  – one parking space –  rents for $15 and multiple spaces may be reserved. There are a limited number of spaces available.

  • Hospice of Chesterfield honored

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors Elite recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst. Hospice Honors recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
    Awards were based on surveys taken from October 2016 through September 2017. There were 24 quality indicator measures.

  • Pageland town council ponders ‘P’ options

    Is the pavement between Grits and Groceries and the Burger King on the Pageland bypass a paved road? A pathway?  Just property?
    The Pageland Town Council considered all the possibilities at last week’s council meeting.
    The agenda item was “road repairs behind Grits and Groceries.”
    Town administrator Cecil Kimrey said the small section of pavement was not a state road. The needed improvements to a sunken area of the pavement “would be a major undertaking for the town,” he said.

  • County agencies pitch annual budgets

    More employees are needed to maintain the services Chesterfield County residents expect, say the heads of county agencies.
    Officials from the Economic Development office, the library system, Emergency Management and the 911 center, and the Sheriff’s Office, made their budget pitches to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors last week.
    The Economic Development office was the only agency not to ask for more personnel. However, the office wants to take money from its marketing budget to fund a part-time existing industry coordinator.

  • New Chief Deputy named

    From release

    Campbell “Cambo” Streater has rejoined the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy.
    Streater was born and raised in Chesterfield County.
    He joined the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office in 1978 before working for the S.C. Alcohol Beverage Licensing Commission for eight years.
    He then went to the State Law Enforcement Division and was assigned as Chesterfield County’s local agent in 1993.