• Senior Spotlight: Beulah T. Louallen

    Age:  84
    Town:  Jefferson

    Family:  Husband, the Rev. Moses Louallen, three daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren (two sons deceased)
    Church:  Flint Ridge Baptist Church
    Occupation:  Owner and operator of Beulah’s Beauty Shop in Pageland
    Favorite meal:  Fried chicken, rice, mac & cheese, collard greens and cornbread
    Favorite TV show:  “Walker Texas Ranger”
    How do you spend your days?  Doing hair and sewing

  • Don’t view closed doors as failures, says professor

    A college professor with roots in Pageland says a lack of money, resources or support should not keep young people from chasing their dreams.
    Dr. LaShonda Louallen Eaddy, assistant professor of public relations and strategic communications at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, knows their story.
    Eaddy was rejected multiple times when applying to college and had other disappointments.
    “Don’t view closed doors as failures, but as opportunities for you to full your purpose and destiny,” Eaddy said.

  • Pageland couple shares their destiny

    Pageland residents Robert and Lois Compaan say destiny caused their paths to cross in Kenya.
    But it was love that brought their hearts together as one.
    “God gave me you,” Lois said.
    “That goes for me to you also,” Robert said, looking affectionately at his wife.
    Robert and Lois met in 1952 at the Rift Valley Academy boarding school in Kenya. They were in the eighth grade class. Robert was 14.  Lois was 13.

  • Pitching Capitol statue to honor a heroic slave

    Amid turmoil around the country over the removal of Confederate-era monuments from public spaces, state Sen. Greg Gregory wants to add one at the S.C. Capitol.
    It would honor Beaufort-native Robert Smalls, a slave and skilled boat pilot who secretly organized a crew, stole a Confederate ship and sailed it out of Charleston Harbor in 1862, surrendering to the Union blockade out in the Atlantic.

  • Blue Cross gets OK for 31% S.C. premium hike

    By Mark Manicone
    Landmark News Service

    As debate over the Affordable Care Act swirls in Washington, insurance officials this week agreed to allow South Carolina’s only individual plan on the state’s ACA exchange to raise its premiums 31 percent next year.
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina initially asked for a 33.4 percent increase, saying this year’s premiums did not generate nearly enough to cover the insurer’s claims, taxes and administrative expenses.

  • ‘Wonderfully Made Women and Girls’ set for Oct. 21

    The “Wonderfully Made Women and Girls” event will 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Cross Roads Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Ruby.
    The event is for women and girls 12 years old and up, said event coordinator Sandra Plyler.

  • Pageland donations headed to Texas

    When the trailer arrives in Beaumont, Texas, ministers there will quickly know who has helped them.
    Inside the trailer will be a poster and messages from students at Petersburg Primary and Pageland Elementary.
    “You always can nourish someone’s body,” said Pageland Town Council member Elaine Robertson, who organized the relief trailer through her charity, A Servants Heart.
    “But we hope the letters will touch their hearts and their minds” and give them hope.

  • Pageland’s District 5 has town council race

    Barring a last-minute write-in campaign, voters in Pageland’s District 5 will be the only ones going to the polls Nov. 7 in the general election.
    Incumbent Elaine Robertson faces challenger Charles Knight.
    There are 223 voters in District 5. Voting machines, not paper ballots, will be used this election.
    Estimated cost of the election is “no more” than $1,500, said town clerk Linda Long.
    All of the other races in Pageland were uncontested. Write-in candidates have until Thursday to file to run in any of the Pageland races.

  • Pageland hunting club has strict rules

    A 1,000-acre hunting club off Union Hill Church Road near Pageland, bears the name of one of its primary natural resources, white oaks.
    Thomas Stoner, president of The White Oaks Hunting Club of Pageland, said he named the club after a white oak near the clubhouse. The tree may be as old as 300 years. Four hundred acres of the hunting preserve has white oaks.
    Hunting is a family affair for the Stoners. He started the club for his son, Joseph. The 7-year-old shot his first buck. Sept. 1. His wife Rebecca Harvey also hunts.

  • Wee Miss, Wee Master pageant restarted

    From release
    The Griffin Scholarship Foundation is restarting the Wee Miss and Wee Master Pageland beauty pageant.
    The event is 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at New Height Middle School.
    The pageant is for boys and girls from newborn to 7 years-old. There will be eight titles for girls and eight titles for the boys.  Each age will have a Miss and Master.
    Pageant winners will participate in local events such as Christmas parades, and various festivals. They will also be part of the next’s year Miss Pageland United States Pageant in June.