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Today's News

  • Sheriff: Drugs a factor in recent shootings

    A drug problem that is “getting out of hand” is a reason for recent attempted murders in Chesterfield County, says Sheriff James Dixon.
    On Jan. 26, deputies arrested Brandon Ponds, 32, of the 600 block of North Arant Street in Pageland, charging him with attempted murder in the shooting of Rechio Horton.
    According to a department report, Horton was shot at Ponds’ residence in Pageland Place Apartments. Horton allegedly had gone there with $500 to purchase cocaine, according to an incident report.

  • Three-peat for Pageland IGA

    When mid January approaches there is a Christmas-like air of anticipation at the Pageland IGA grocery store.
    Employees check to see if the UPS truck has delivered a poster-sized box to the store.
    Pageland’s box arrived Jan. 28.
    While store employees know the contents of the box, there is always one surprise.
    How many stars will the store get?
    IGA uses mystery shoppers to rate each store. Cleanliness, condition of the goods, and customer service determine how many stars a store gets.

  • Local florists gear up for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, local florists suggest placing your gift orders as soon as possible.
    Laura Horton, owner of Classic Corner Florist in Jefferson, and Lisa Gibson, owner of Abbey’s Flowers and Grapevine in Chesterfield, said people with special orders need to get them in at least one week before Feb. 14.
    This will help the florists determine how many, as well as what kinds, of fresh flowers they need.
    Horton said she has already been getting orders for Valentine’s Day.

  • Shop local for Valentine's Day

    While flowers and chocolate candies are huge sellers for Valentine’s Day, there are other gift ideas to consider.
    New Creations Embroidery and Gifts, 119 W. McGregor St., offers a large “buy one, get one half off” sale on most of its Simply Southern products. Sale items include lip gloss, key chains, contact cases, jackets, leggings, tunics and shirts. You can also buy three pairs of Simply Southern socks for $15.

  • Clemson study finds calcium keeps roses red

    “O my Luve is like a red, red rose
    That’s newly sprung in June;
    O my Luve is like the melody
    That’s sweetly played in tune.”

    From release

    CLEMSON – When Robert Burns wrote his iconic poem “A Red, Red Rose” in 1794, he couldn’t have imagined the industry that would become of growing, shipping, arranging and delivering the enduring symbols of love and beauty.

  • Deputies ‘drive’ fire stun gun to subdue suspect

    A Pageland man arrested on domestic violence charges tried to tried to kick out the window of Chesterfield County sheriff deputy car, according to department reports.
    Perry Ray McClain, Jr. 34, of Duncan Road, was arrested on Jan. 18 about 7:30 p.m.
    McClain was allegedly intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
    He was placed in the back of a patrol car and tried to kick out the window. A deputy twice “drive” fired his stun gun to subdue McClain, according to the report.

  • Senior Spotlight: Gerald Thomas “Mickey” Baker

    Age: 71
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Valeria; two sons, Mitchell and Dale; and five grandchildren
    Church: Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Community worker; retired machinist, 23 years
    Favorite meal: T-bone steak, a baked potato and broccoli
    Favorite TV show: World Changers International Church with Creflo Dollar, and Jesse Duplantis Ministries
    How you spend your days? I am currently working on restarting a youth mentoring program.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • #MyPageland unveils a new slogan

    The Pick Pageland effort has a new social media slogan – “High Five for the Top Five.”
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the project manager for #MyPageland, announced the new slogan Sunday.
    A “High Five for Top Five” rally will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore’s Gazebo in downtown.
    Slogans have been a key part in Pageland’s social media campaign to become the town selected for the fourth season of the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television program.

  • Keeping the dream alive a unison effort

    Communicate.  Cultivate.  Celebrate.
    These are the three simple steps to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive, says a Chesterfield County educator who has been studying King since he was a child.
    Chandar Anderson, assistant superintendent of personnel and planning, explained the steps at the eighth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 21 at the Clyburn Center.  About 200 people attended the event.   

  • Pageland street may honor Dr. King

    Pageland’s Elm Street between McGregor and Sutton streets may be renamed for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, made the announcement at Pageland’s Martin Luther King celebration last week.
    To rename the street, residents must sign a petition, the request must endorsed by the town council and finally, a local bill must be approved by the state legislature.