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  • Snags create valuable habitat for wildlife

    By Johnny Stowe
    SCDNR Heritage Preserve Manager
    Standing dead trees, or snags, may appear to be useless, even eyesores, but they are valuable components of wildlife habitat and are frequently in short supply.
    They can even be the key limiting factor in a wildlife population.
    Snags provide secure homes for many kinds of animals and a virtual smorgasbord of insect food.

  • Baseball: Seven pitchers toss shutout

    Staff report
    Seven different Central pitchers combine for a 5-0 shutout of Cheraw last Tuesday.
    Each player threw between 14 and 18 pitches in the season opener for Central.
    Eagles’ coach Mitch Leaird said he gave each of his pitchers an inning because of the lack of pre-season scrimmages or games.
    It is a tactic Leaird said he may use more this season as he lacks one, dominate pitcher. 
    “We had good pitching and good defense; it was a complete game,” Leaird said of the win.

  • Feature game: McBee holds Hannah-Pamplico in check

    In a rematch of last year’s state A championship, McBee again was the winner, stopping Hannah-Pamplico 8-2 at Francis Marion University last week.
    McBee took the state A baseball title last year, beating Hannah-Pamplico 7-3 and 5-2.
    Clark Kirkley handcuffed Hannah-Pamplico, allowing six hits while striking out seven walking one.
    Hannah-Pamplico’s runs game in the second inning when McBee made two errors on the same play.

  • Softball: Central holds off Cheraw

    Central High School’s softball team rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-7 win over Cheraw last week.
    It was the only game Central played because of the rain. Conditions were not at their best for last Wednesday’s game either. The temperature at game time was 40 degrees and falling.
    Key hits and several passed balls by Cheraw sparked Central’s rally.
    Centerfielder Chesney Miller started the rally, hitting a double, which she stretched to three bases on a Cheraw error.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: What happens when no one speaks up?

    Observers of the Pageland Town Council have come to expect long periods of silence at meetings. The seven members are, publicly, not a talkative bunch.
    At the March 5 council meeting, silence turned to secrecy.
    Mayor Jason Evans asked the council to create a new committee, approve his handpicked list of committee members and then give him and Mayor Pro Tem Harold Hutto the sole power to appoint future committee members.
    The council members scanned the list of names provided by the mayor.
    No one spoke.

  • GUEST COLUMN: An eclipse of SC's Sunshine laws

    Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that sliced across South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun's bright light.
    Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto state. In this case, it is what the public should be privy to that is being eclipsed.

  • Hall of Fame coach has high hopes for Lady Eagles

    Central’s new softball coach, Eddie Rivers, lets his assistants do most of the work at practice.
    When they are hitting balls and leading drills, Rivers is observing or teaching – and enjoying it.
    Rivers, coach of Central’s girls basketball team, brings 30-years of coaching experience to the diamond.
    At Forest Hills, he amassed a 388-290 record, was conference coach of the year five times and was named to the N.C. Softball Hall of Fame.

  • Central seeks team effort

    Central’s 2019 baseball season may be a first for coach Mitch Leaird.
    It could be a “PBC” effort.
    “PBC” means pitching by committee. As the Eagles begin the season, Leaird said all his pitchers could see action in just one game.
    In a recent pre-season game against Lancaster,  seven pitchers each threw an inning.
    The next pre-season game, he used four pitchers, three throwing two innings each.

  • Season starts with clean slate for McBee

    On Jan. 1, before the first pitch or the first practice of the season, McBee baseball coach Chris Lloyd sent a text to his team.
    The short message said it was a new year, and there were no champs.
    Since then there has been no talk of previous seasons –  five straight appearances in the Class A Upper State championship game and two state championships in the last three seasons.
    “They just go out and play. This group has an incredible work ethic,” Lloyd said. “We are a blue collar town and that’s the way we play.”

  • GUEST COLUMN: Curiosity and career day

    Career Day at New Heights Middle School on Friday was fun and rewarding.
    Thirty people of various occupations gave sixth, seventh and eight graders first-hand knowledge of how different agencies, businesses and other service providers operate.
    Each speaker’s assignment was to give a 30-minute presentation to three groups of students.  
    I represented the Progressive Journal, in my second career as a reporter. For almost 30 years I taught writing at Ruby Elementary School as a language arts and social studies teacher.