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Today's News

  • The Melons are coming!

    Here's the skinny on this weekend's big downtown bash!

    Who: Watermelon Festival
    What: Pageland’s annual party
    When: July 19, July 20, starting at noon each day and ending at 11 p.m. 
    Where: Downtown Pageland
    What’s familiar: This year’s festival will have a watermelon eating contest, a parade with marching bands and beauty queens, all staples since the first festival of July 21, 1951.

  • Royalty returns to the festival

    In the past four years, Serena Allison been Miss Teen Mt. Croghan, Miss Teen Chesterfield and Miss Teen Pageland.
    Now she is the 2019 Miss Watermelon Queen.
    While Allison has been happy to represent the various towns and now the festival the benefit is “being able to serve others.”
    Allison, 20, was crowned last Thursday at the Pageland Community Center. The festival pageant resumed after a two-year hiatus.

  • Melons and monkeyshine

    Carving a rose is typically the first assignment for fledging culinary students. Most students carve their rose from a tomato, a radish, or even a carrot flower.
    When Patrick O’Brien got the class assignment at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C., he went big.
    Instead of a tomato, a radish or carrot flower, O’Brien opted for a watermelon.
    He quickly learned a few things about the watermelon.

  • Whits End finally makes festival

    By Kayla Vaughn
    Landmark News Service

    Country rockers Whits End will take the stage for the first time at the Watermelon Festival Friday night, just one month after entertaining more than 30,000 people at the Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) in Myrtle Beach.
    The band will perform at 9:45 p.m. Friday on the Pearl Street Stage, across from the Pageland Chamber of Commerce office.

  • Organizers: Festival fly-in shows airport’s viability

    Scanning the flight line where planes of all types were parked, and a hangar full of people, Mia Langford knew Saturday’s Watermelon Festival Fly-In was a success.
    “This proves what I thought,” Langford said. “That the airport is a viable, living part of Pageland. It is a not a dead airport.”
    Langford was one of several organizers of the fly-in. She got the word out to her pilot friends and they responded. Some flew their warbirds to Pageland. Others flew their homebuilt aircraft. More than 40 aircraft came to Pageland.

  • In the paper again

    C.T. Funderburk learned to fly as a teenager growing up in Pageland.
    He had two willing instructors, businessmen Harry Tucker and Henry Smith. The two had Stinson Reliant airplanes, which they kept on a grass strip near the state line.
    Funderburk was such a good student that Tucker and Smith let him fly their planes solo.
    One Saturday, the 17-year-old Funderburk decided to fly over Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, which was having a big event that day.

  • Crash damages Greenlawn cemetery

    A crash between a 2007 Mazda sedan and a 2016 Freightliner truck caused substantial damage to Greenlawn Memorial Park on S.C. 601 North, outside of Pageland.
    Bobbi Costy of Vale, N.C. was the driver of the Mazda. She had a passenger in the car.
    Gary Dalton was driver of the 18-wheeler.

  • Pageland man threatens child with butcher knife

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies talked a Pageland man into releasing a five year-old child he was using as a shield.
    Graig A. Friedrichs, 49, of the 33000 block of S.C. 9, Pageland, held the child in his lap about 10 p.m. on July 9 at a home on High Point Church Road. He threatened to stab the child with a butcher’s knife. He allegedly pointed the knife at the child’s neck. 
    Friedrichs “manhandled” the child when it tried to break free, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Arrest made after gun threats

    A Taylorsville, N.C. man threatened to shoot anyone who got between him and his son during a July 12 incident in Pageland.
    Brandon S. Reed, 24, of Taylorsville, allegedly made the threats by cell phone, according a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Reed allegedly texted he could have a gun brought to him from North Carolina in 45 minutes and he would “shoot everybody” that got between him and his son.
    The incident happened on Price Cemetery Road in Pageland shortly after midnight.

  • Charges dropped in 2017 death of Mickey Short

    The Chesterfield County solicitor has dropped charges against one of the three people charged in the death of Mickey Short of Ruby, according to news reports.
    Short, 63, was found dead near an abandoned pickup truck on Hurst Road outside Chesterfield. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 10 or 11 p.m. on June 20. The body was found June 21, 2017.