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  • The Ball, ‘The Arm’ and baseball

    As Friday’s drizzle turned to downpour, and baseball coaches penciled in “rainout” on their schedules, the best place to be was the big screen at the Ball.
    In honor of the upcoming baseball season, the Ball Theatre had a two-day showing of “Field of Dreams.”
    When the lights dimmed, 3-foot-tall credits rolled across the screen and the smell of fresh popcorn filled the air.
    The corn in Iowa towered on the big screen.
    Then, there was baseball.

  • Chamber to run Watermelon Fest again

    The Watermelon Festival will be produced this year by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce – seven months after the group said running the festival was too time consuming.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the chamber, said his board of directors voted last week to again produce the festival.
    The vote came after Jordan Seidhom resigned as chairman of the committee running the festival. Seidhom cited personal issues for stepping down, Griffin said.

  • Snags create valuable habitat for wildlife

    By Johnny Stowe
    SCDNR Heritage Preserve Manager
    Standing dead trees, or snags, may appear to be useless, even eyesores, but they are valuable components of wildlife habitat and are frequently in short supply.
    They can even be the key limiting factor in a wildlife population.
    Snags provide secure homes for many kinds of animals and a virtual smorgasbord of insect food.

  • Purple Martins spotted in Calhoun Falls area

    From release
    The first Purple Martins of the year have been spotted in South Carolina.
    The birds were seen on Feb. 5  in Calhoun Falls in northwest South Carolina.

  • SCDNR schedules controlled burning operations

    From release
    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burning operations on McBee, Campbell's Crossroads and Angelus Wildlife Management Areas in Chesterfield County in the coming weeks.
    Prescribed burning, also called controlled burning, is intentionally setting fire to forest, brush or grassland vegetation under specified conditions and precautions.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: March 2019 Edition

    Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Happy March! 
    So many great things happen in March.
    Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2. Daylight Savings Time starts March 10. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and the first day of Spring is March 20.
    March is also also “International Women’s History Month,” “National Craft Month,” and “Youth Art Month.”  What better way can you think of to celebrate these days and events, than to visit your local library?

  • A. O. Smith launches new on-site healthcare access for employees

    McBEE  – A. O. Smith has hired an onsite nurse practitioner for its employees at the McBee facility.
    The company said it decided to offer the service to help employees meet simple medical needs without losing time from work.
    “Our main concern is the well-being of our employees,” said Wanda Herron, human resources manager.
    “This program will allow our team members to take care of their non-emergent, but necessary, healthcare concerns at no cost or stress to the individual.”

  • Two traffic fatalities in Chesterfield County

    Two Cheraw residents died in separate traffic accidents Saturday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Harvey Leroy Douglas, 53, died after a 5:10 a.m. accident on Tec Road near Hunter Ridge Road.
    Douglas was riding a bicycle north on Tec Road when he was struck by a Dodge Charger.
    The accident is under investigation.

  • Deputy draws weapon during alleged assault

    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled his weapon while responding to a possible assault in Pageland on Feb. 17.
    The officer was sent to the 700 block of North Arant Street. Dispatchers advised they had heard threats being made during the 911 call, according the sheriff’s office report.
    The officer heard screaming, as well as “beating and banging” as he approached a residence, according to the report.

  • Liquor store relocating

    Highway 9 Liquor and Wine is moving into the former Rylan’s Restaurant location near the intersection of SC 151 and SC 9.
    Owner Ethan Foard said renovations of the former restaurant should be finished soon. He anticipates moving the liquor store from 28495 S.C. 9, to its new location in April.
    The move will result in more retail space and possibly more customers, Foard said.
    Foard said he intends to lease the former location.
    Foard also operates a Highway 9 store in Chesterfield at 105 Page Street.