Today's News

  • Cop leaps to safety, nabs driver who aimed car at him

    Thomas Carroll Shelton Jr., out on bond awaiting trial in the 2015 slaying of his father, has been charged with attempting to kill a law enforcement officer.
    Shelton, who lives in the 2500 block of Black Creek Church Road in Pageland, was arrested Feb. 25 after a car chase. Shelton ran a stop sign and failed to stop after a deputy turned on his car’s blue lights.
    The chase ended in a sand pit near Rufus Jordan Road, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. 

  • Chamber to run Watermelon Fest again

    The Watermelon Festival will be produced this year by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce – seven months after the group said running the festival was too time consuming.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the chamber, said his board of directors voted last week to again produce the festival.
    The vote came after Jordan Seidhom resigned as chairman of the committee running the festival. Seidhom cited personal issues for stepping down, Griffin said.

  • New Heights students win at Future City

    From release

    Five teams of students from New Heights Middle School recently competed in the state regional Future City Competition, winning three awards. 
    Future City is project-based learning program, sponsored by DiscoverE. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.
    This year’s theme was “The Resilient City.” Students were asked to design and build a city with resilient infrastructures, especially a power grid, which could overcome a natural disaster.

  • Weather observers needed

    From release

    COLUMBIA  – The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the National Weather Service, is recruiting resident precipitation observers for CoCoRaHS.
    The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is a volunteer network of weather observers.
     The program started in Colorado in 1998 and was introduced in South Carolina in 2008.

  • Hate Crime bill introduced in legislature

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Rep. Wendell Gilliard,  D-Charleston has a bill to make hate crimes punishable under state law.
    H. 3063 provides penalties for a person convicted of a crime with the intent to assault, intimidate, or threaten a person because of their race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or homelessness.
    South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a hate crime law.

  • Central grad chases her business dreams

    Latricia Clark Letsinger, a 1982 graduate of Central High School, is bringing elegance to doorsteps in Virginia and North Carolina.
    Letsinger, a Pageland native, is the owner and CEO of Elegant Occasions Unlimited, a mobile, full-service formal wear boutique.
    Her husband, Christopher, is the business’ chief financial officer.
    Elegancy Occasions Unlimted offers bridal, pageant, prom and cotillion wear to residents who live in or near Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Retirement can’t keep teacher from classroom

    In retirement, Brenda Hubbard continues to do what she did for her entire career, mentor students.
    Hubbard once taught students internationally.
    Now she mentors students at Petersburg Primary and Pageland Elementary, sharing artifacts she collected while traveling around the world.
    “There’s no place I would rather be,” Hubbard said of Pageland.  “It doesn’t have anything to do with the size of the place.  It’s the people and the resources.”

  • Hurricane recovery help still needed

    CHESTERFIELD – Five months after Hurricane Florence hit Chesterfield County, more than $332,000 of damage and unmet needs remains, according to the county’s Long Term Recovery Group.
    Last Saturday, the group’s Case Review committee held its first meeting to begin addressing those needs.

  • Peppers’ aid to help Pageland

    A portion of Julius Peppers’ hurricane aid is coming to Pageland.
    Operation Hope was awarded a $5,000 grant to help victims of Hurricane Florence and others in need in Pageland.
    The grant comes from the $75,000 Peppers committed to help Chesterfield and Marlboro counties residents.
    Jeff Blakeney of Operation Hope filed the grant application with the United Way of Chesterfield County because, “I know the people affected by the storm, by the winter months, as well as the people on the street.”

  • Yow: Education bill needs more changes

    The comprehensive education bill making its way through the S.C. House has provision that could hurt technical colleges and adult education programs, says Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield County.
    Most of the debate over the bill has focused on kindergarten through high school education, particularly teacher pay, eliminating some tests and how to help failing schools and school districts.