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  • All present or accounted for

    The final roll call for the soldiers of Chesterfield County of World War 1 resounded across Moore’s Park in Pageland on Saturday.
    The roll call started with Sgt. Robert McDonald of Cheraw and ended with Pvt. Joseph Bittle of Chesterfield.
    McDonald was one of six Chesterfield County soldiers in Co. I of the 118th infantry regiment to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor.
    He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for attacking a machine gun position on Oct. 8, 1918.

  • Veterans Day, a Gold Star family reunion

    When Richie Yow was set to graduate his Air Force training his grandmother, Louise Jones, flew to Texas for the ceremony.
    “She was a nervous wreck,” Yow, now a S.C. representative and minister, said Friday as the speaker at Pageland’s Veterans Day ceremony.
    “She was afraid where I might go.”
    Jones, said Yow, was an unofficial Gold Star mother, the status reserved for mothers who have lost their sons or daughters in service to their country.

  • Fire strikes Pageland landmark

    An early morning fire Monday destroyed about one-half of a 100-year-old home on McGregor Street.
    Residents along the street reported smelling smoke about 2:30 a.m.
    The Pageland Fire Department responded to 301 West McGregor St., finding the old wooden, yellow-painted building on fire.
    The building had been a residence, boarding home and most recently, the offices of Elite Counseling.
    Pageland firefighters were assisted by High Point, Sand Hill and Lane’s Creek fire departments.

  • Chesterfield County soldiers who died from influenza

    - Pvt. Henry Perry, Jefferson, 301 Stevedore, March 9, 1918, pneumonia. Buried in Jefferson.
    - Pvt. Clayton Jackson, Mt. Croghan, 351 Machine Gun Battalion, March 10, 1918, pneumonia.
    - Pvt. James Powe, Cheraw, 313 Labor Battalion, April 1, 1918, lumbar pneumonia
    - Pvt. John Rallings, Jefferson, 53 Pioneer Infantry, Sept. 7, 1918, pneumonia
    - Pvt. David McQueen, Cheraw, 330 Labor Battalion, Sept. 30, 1918, pneumonia
    - Pvt. Walter Pegueas, Cheraw, 330 Labor Battalion, Oct. 1, 1918, lumbar pneumonia. Buried in the Oisne-Aigne Cemetery, France

  • 2018 Election

    Unofficial results as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. Results will be certified Friday. 
    Governor
    ◆    Henry McMaster - Republican – Incumbent
    Pamela Evette, running mate for lieutenant governor
    State: 900,090, Chesterfield County 6,639
    ◆    James Smith Jr - Democratic
    Mandy Powers Norrell, running mate for lieutenant governor
    State: 756,187, Chesterfield County 5,098
    Secretary of State

  • 2018 Election Overview

    Voter Information
    Polls open today
    from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    What you must bring to vote: Photo ID. Acceptable forms include a South Carolina driver’s license, a SC DMV ID card, a S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo, a U.S. Passport or a Federal Military ID.
    Don’t have a photo ID?
    Bring your voter registration card to the polling place. You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit citing a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining a photo ID.

  • Senior Spotlight: Lance Aldridge

    Age: 74
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Julia; four sons, one daughter, 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren
    Church: First Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from:  Sales representative for Monroe Hardware Co., 31 years; served in the Army National Guard from 1963-1971; currently works part-time for Baumgartner Funeral Home
    Favorite meal: Sausage, eggs, grits and biscuits
    Favorite TV show: “God Friended Me”

  • Traffic stop clears up identity question

    A Oct. 26 traffic stop in Pageland resulted in the arrest of a Jefferson man who gave law enforcement false information in a previous case.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a Honda Civic driving on S.C. 9 near Airport Road for having an inoperable taillight.
    The deputy asked for a driver’s license and, according to the report, the driver said he only had a beginner’s permit.
    The driver was known to the officer, who had arrested him on possession of marijuana charge in Jefferson under the name Steve Hill.

  • Saving damaged heirlooms

    Restoring heirlooms damaged by Hurricane Florence can be an inexpensive, but time consuming, process, say experts from the Smithsonian Institute.
    The Smithsonian team of Miranda Summers Lowe and Nana Kaneko was in Cheraw last week with tips to help restore items such as treasured photographs, books, fabric items and even furniture.
    “Flood water is never clean,” Summers Lowe said. “It can have chemicals, sewage runoff.”
    Left unchecked, flood waters produce mold and mildew.

  • Open houses start shop local season

    The holiday shopping season for Pageland’s local businesses officially started last week with Holiday Open Houses at the Pageland Antique Mall and Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio and the annual Christmas show at the Pageland Community Center.
    Store owners reported a good number, and mix, of customers. Many were local residents, but others came from Cheraw, Hartsville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Monroe and Charlotte.