Today's News

  • Native American Studies Center announces fall artist-in-residence

    From release

    Traditional basket maker Nancy Basket will is this fall’s artist in residence at the Native American Studies Center at USC-Lancaster. Basket is a traditional pine needle basket-maker. For decades, she has made baskets and other folk art creations and has researched and shared her basketry and storytelling skills at powwows as a National Indian Education Association presenter of traditional and contemporary baskets.   

  • Jefferson death under review

    Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon said Sunday the death of Beckham Miller, 74, of Jefferson, is being investigated “because things did not look right.”
    Dixon said his department should know more once the autopsy is done on Tuesday.
    A friend found Miller dead at his Mine Street home.

  • NETC receives grant for diesel technology

    From release

  • 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.