• Session starts with focus on education

    COLUMBIA – Education likely will be the top priority for the S.C. General Assembly session that opened today.
    “We are absolutely at a crisis” when it comes to education, Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster, told members of the S.C. Press Association at a pre-session workshop last week.
    More than 20 legislators attending the media workshop said this is the year the General Assembly will look at education issues for “PK-16,” shorthand for pre-kindergarten programs through college.

  • ‘J.D. stands for justice delivered’

    CHERAW – James Dixon scanned the crowd at the Pee Dee Union Baptist Church in Cheraw.
    The sanctuary was full.
    In the center pews and along one wall were deputies of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, watching Dixon take the oath of office. He defeated incumbent Jay Brooks in the Democratic primary in June and was unopposed in the November election.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: January 2019 Edition

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Happy New Year!  
    As you make your New Year’s resolutions, challenge yourself to visit your local public library more often (diet and exercise not required).  
    Library staff members are working hard to make 2019 a great year for our patrons.  

  • McLeod Health Cheraw does total knee replacements

    From release
    CHERAW – The McLeod Health Cheraw orthopedic surgery team recently performed its 46th total knee replacement procedure.
    Total knee replacement surgery is a surgical procedure used to resurface the knee joint with metal and plastic.
    The articulating surfaces of the tibia and femur, as well as the cartilage, are removed and resurfaced with metal.
    The original cartilage is replaced with a plastic version.

  • NETC director presents at national conference

    From release
    Northeastern Technical College’s Derk Riechers recently presented during the 2018 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges annual conference in New Orleans.
    Riechers is the director of dual enrollment and multiple modalities at NETC.
    The conference focuses on accreditation process issues. It is also a chance to about best practices at other institutions. .

  • Passion and perfection at A Gathering Place

    One of Pageland’s newest business owners says she can help you create “that new gathering place in your home.”
    Karen Ekwue owns A Gathering Place: Custom Farmhouse Furniture and Home Accessories at 104 N. Pearl St..  The store specializes in refinished and upholstered farmhouse furniture. She will also refinish and upholster antique furniture customers bring to the store if it is something she can do herself.
    “When I look at furniture that needs tender loving care, I see what it can be,” she said.

  • New Guardian ad Litem sworn in

    From release
    The Rev. Timothy Johnson of Cheraw was recently sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Chesterfield County.
    The Rev. Johnson joins other dedicated community volunteers who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the Family Court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.

  • Deputies find stolen bike

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies have returned a “purple, black and pink” bicycle to its owners.
    The owners reported the larceny to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 23.  The bike was taken from a residence on Laney Road in Cheraw.
    The report describes the bike as “purple and black in color with dings in the metal, a squeaky brake and 3 to 4 tears in the seat.” The value of the bike was listed as $20.
    Deputies took a report and advised the owner they would be on the lookout for the bicycle.

  • Wanted, those who make Pageland special

    On Jan. 24 Amanda Brinkman and the crew of the Small Business Revolution Main Street television show will visit Pageland.
    It’s our chance to show Brinkman and others why they should pick Pageland for a $500,000 downtown makeover.
    There will be a reception where the movers and shakers of the town, Chesterfield County and the state will lobby for Pageland.
    A limited number of general admission tickets may be available.
    The next day the Small Business Revolution Main Street entourage will visit the downtown.

  • Pageland Elementary school report card

    “The best students in the World are learning here” proclaims the banner at the front door of Pageland Elementary School.
    A recent South Carolina school report card suggests otherwise. Pageland Elementary was rated  “unsatisfactory,” meaning the school is not meeting state education standards.
    The reports cards have been controversial statewide and Chesterfield school officials say they do not tell the whole story.