Today's News

  • Petersburg’s matriarch

    At times, Candida Price can be called upon to be a nurse, a referee, a confidant, or an observer.
    Officially, her title is first-grade teacher at Petersburg Primary in Pageland.
    But she is so much more.
    Price is one of the matriarchs of the Petersburg community.
    She grew up there. She went to school with some of the parents who now have children at the primary school. She has a relationship with all her students’ parents.
    “We are family and family helps each other,” she says. 

  • Doing it together

    When Erin Byrd saw her mother, Susan Pressley, and her principal, Caroline Miles, recently approach her on the playground, she didn’t give it a second thought.
    She sees her mom almost every day as Susan teaches part-time in the classroom across the hall.
    What Byrd didn’t see was a vase of flowers, the signal that her fellow teachers had picked her as Ruby Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.
    Remarkable educator, relates well to students, team player, are the words Miles uses to describe Byrd.

  • A never-ending fight

    Relay for Life of Chesterfield County is preparing for its annual cancer walk May 3 at Chesterfield High School’s football stadium.
    Relay organizers hope the event raises $107,000 in its fight against cancer.

  • County jail officer charged with misconduct

    An officer at the Chesterfield County Detention Center has been charged with bringing contraband into the jail.
    Angel L. Kelly, 22, of Martin Luther King Drive in Cheraw, was arrested April 5 after an investigation by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
    A director at the detention center requested assistance from the Chesterfield County’s Sheriff’s Office after receiving reports of cigarette smoke, as well as possible alcohol and drug use, in one section of the jail.

  • A new door for the Door of Hope?

    The Door of Hope food pantry and community center needs more space and volunteers.
    The Door of Hope, on S.C. 9 behind the King Funeral Home, is at capacity. With more space, it could expand its food giveaways and increase its offering of community services.
    It also needs more help to meet the needs of people who went to other food pantries for assistance.
    The Blessing Resource Center closed its food pantry at First Baptist in Pageland in February to concentrate on its core mission of early childhood education.

  • Shooting victims’ names released

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a possible triple homicide on Society Hill Road in the county.
    The shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. April 9 at 3021 Society Hill Road near Cheraw.
    The deceased are Hailey Brown, 29, Cordarius Foster, 27, and a three year-old child. State law protects the identity of the deceased child.
    On April 12, Sheriff James Dixon said, “in an investigation of this magnitude, it takes times to conduct the interviews and gather evidence needed to thoroughly investigate these deaths.”

  • Coordinating council’s coordinator departing

    After 25 years of non-stop dedication, Margaret Plettinger Mitchell is leaving the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council.
    Under Mitchell’s leadership the council has done what its name implies, coordinate; bringing together non-profit groups, schools and government to better Chesterfield County.
    “She has been the driving force behind us and the reason for our success,” said Ralph Laney, director of the Chesterfield County Department of Social Service office and a coordinating council board member.
    “She is a go-getter.”

  • Master plan deadline nears

    April 23 is the deadline to submit proposals for a downtown master plan for Pageland.
    The town did not provide guidelines to potential submitters.
    Mayor Jason Evans said the process was not specific so the town could get the broadest of submissions.
    Usually a municipal government seeking companies to develop a master plan will issue a request for qualifications.
    Evans said that is where the town will start.
    “We want people to send us their proposals. Show what they can do and give us samples of their work,” Evans said.

  • Flat tire ends multi-county, high-speed chase

    A Rock Hill man was arrested after a five-jurisdiction, high-speed chase that began in Chesterfield County.
    Sidney C. Canty, 21, of Rock Hill, was arrested April 3, in Florence County by deputies from Florence and Chesterfield counties.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy started the chase when he observed the car Canty was driving traveling 51 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone in McBee.
    When the deputy turned on his blue lights and siren, the driver accelerated. According to the report, chase speeds reach “triple digits.”

  • New Heights student arrested for alleged threat

    A 13-year-old student at New Heights Middle School on April 5 allegedly threatened to shoot up the school if he got in-school suspension again.
    The student allegedly made the threat during a class.
    A teacher and 20 students gave statements to the school resource officer on what they heard.