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  • Festival resumes beauty pageant

    After a two-year hiatus, the Pageland Watermelon Queen pageant returns to the festival.
    The 2019 Pageland Watermelon Queen will be crowned Thursday at the Community Center. The event starts at 6 p.m.
    There are two age groups, 13 to 17 years-old and 18 to 23 years-old.
    In 2017, the festival organizers ended their pageant, giving their support to the Miss Pageland Pageant. For two years, Miss Pageland winners have assisted with the festival.

  • Melon mania in full swing

    The Pageland Watermelon Festival is all about choices this year – even when it comes to fashion.
    Gone are the days when the festival had one “official” t-shirt design that was sold by the festival volunteers.
    The festival’s official t-shirts this year are simple, snarky and snazzy and they come in multiple colors and sizes.

  • The cost of time

    Repairing Pageland’s downtown troublesome time piece  – the clock at the corner of West McGregor and North Maple streets – will likely be costly.
    The clock has not worked properly for several years. A recent photo of two of the clock’s four faces, showed two different times.

  • Fiery crash closes S.C. 9

    A crash of a pickup truck and a Hyundai sedan on July 1 resulted in a fire that closed S.C. 9 at Airport Road.
    Both vehicles were traveling west on S.C. 9 toward Pageland shortly after 8 p.m on July 1. It was still daylight.
    The Hyundai, driven by Ashley N. Smith, 30, of Cheraw, struck a pickup truck driven by Quentin C. Gaskins, 33, Jefferson.
    The pickup ended up facing east on S.C. 9 at the intersection with Airport Road.

  • Service academy nominations

    From release
    COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's 2019 Military Academy Nomination Application process is now open.
    Sen. Scott’s office is accepting applications Oct. 18 for candidates interested in attending one of the four service academies - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

  • NETC Graduated 24 students from the Nursing Program

    From release
    Twenty-four students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College with their Associate Degree in Nursing.
    The graduates:
    Erin M. Allison of Bennettsville, Mary Jo Black of Bennettsville, Lori Jo Brayboy of McColl, Kiiursti Shadae Brigman of Mullins, Iris Faye Davis of Lakeview, Vanessa Alexandra Denise Davis of Latta, August Dawkins-Benjamin of Society Hill, Hailey Danielle Louise Deese of Darlington, Pamela R. Depugh of Mt. Croghan, Stephanie Rose Edmond of Pageland, Tryna DeAne Graves of Fork,

  • Fitting in at Palmetto Girls State

    For the first two days of Palmetto Girls State at Presbyterian College in Clinton, Kayden Douglas, was texting her mother – come get me.
    Douglas, a rising senior at Central High School, said she was overwhelmed by the number of “smart girls” who had come to study government.
    “But on day three I started to settle in and got to know the girls who in my city,” she said. “I actually fell like I may have met my future college roommate there.”

  • Pageland garbage pickup

    From release
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s garbage will be collected on the normal schedule.
    Thursday’s garbage will be picked up on Wednesday and Friday’s garbage will be picked up on Friday as usual. 

  • Clays for a Cause targets domestic, sexual assault

    From release
    SOCIETY HILL – More than 10 skeet shooting teams raised more than $17,000 in the first “Clays for a Cause” for the Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault.
    The event was held at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve on June 14. 
    The funds will help the coalition  expand the New Beginnings Transitional Shelter in Wallace.

  • Chesterfield County Library System draws summer crowds

    From release
    The Chesterfield County Library System has had some big crowds this summer.
    Staff and teen volunteers were excited to see more than 100 people come on the first day of registration. More families are still signing up after Kick Off Week.
    More than 300 kids  and teens have signed up so far across the five branches.
    The libraries  have already had two special visits from a magician, Professor Whizzpop, and an astronaut program “Suited for Space” from Discovery Place of Charlotte.