Today's News

  • Stolen gun found after loud music complaint

    A complaint about loud music and possible shots fired in Pageland led to the arrest of a Monroe, N.C. resident on possession of a stolen firearm charge.
    On Jan. 6 at shortly after 11 p.m., Chesterfield County sheriff deputies responded to call of loud music and “subjects shooting a firearm” on Austin Funderburk Road.
    The responding deputies found the music was so loud they could not hear responses to their questions.
    The people turned the volume of the music down, but as deputies left the scene they could hear the volume being increased.

  • Controlled burn planned for Cheraw State Park

    From release

    COLUMBIA – This winter and/or early spring, federally certified fire crews from The Nature Conservancy plan to treat up to 2,000 acres at Cheraw State Park with controlled burns.
    Cheraw State Park regularly performs controlled burning to reduce hazardous forest fuels that cause wildfires and to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and recreation.

  • Senior Spotlight: Boyd Hayes

    Age: 85
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Clara; one son, Johnny; three grandchildren and five great granddaughters
    Church: First Baptist
    Occupation/Retired from: Long distance truck driver for 60 years/covered 48 states
    Favorite meal: Filet mignon, baked potato, a salad and hush puppies
    Favorite TV show: Sports, especially the Carolina Panthers’ games
    How you spend your days? I stay busy all the time, working in the yard and around in the house.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Football banquet

    Central 8-5
    Broome 46, Central 14
    Lamar 23, Central 0
    Central 45, Forest Hills 40
    Central 33, Cheraw 13,
    Central 54, Lewisville 18
    North Central 41, Central 21
    Buford 14, Central 12
    Central 45, Andrew Jackson 14
    Central 27, Lee Central 8
    Central 28, Landrum 0
    Central 21, Batesburg-Leesville 0
    Abbeville 39, Central 0
    (Abbeville won the state championship, 48-14 over Barnwell)
    North/South All-Star game

  • Cross Country banquet

    Top 15 finishers
    EJ Threatt
    (Second time in Central school history a cross-country runner has made All-State. Threatt finished 12th overall in 17:02.91)
    Top seven finishers in the region meet, which was held at Central this year.
    EJ Threatt (winner)
    Edgar Guzman
    Zykeim Bracey
    Lizzie Outlaw
    Isabella Moseley
    Amber Leaird

  • GUEST COLUMN: Past racial atrocities affect current voting behavior

    My four-year research project shows black people who live in Southern counties where more lynchings occurred were less likely to register to vote, or were less likely to indicate that they voted in recent elections, compared to their white counterparts.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Central girls’ last game shows what happens when you persist

    Before the opening jump ball, the Central girls had already named their 2018-19 basketball campaign: “The Learning Season.”
    With two juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen, they knew they lacked experience.
    Captain and junior Yvonne Vanderpool had been playing basketball since the fourth grade.
    Others, such as Amber Gainey, were new to the game. Gainey was recruited at freshman orientation because she was 6 foot 1. This was her second season on the team.

  • Central girls celebrate

    Freshmen Janiah Wilson and Amber Gainey hit critical shots and grabbed crucial rebounds Friday to give the Central girls their first win of the season, 43-48 over Chesterfield in overtime.
    Central had lost 23 straight games this season and a winless season loomed large.
    Last year, Central had a 1-15 record. The Eagles had a lost 37 straight games over two seasons entering Friday’s game.
    Before Friday, Central’s opponents had outscored the Eagles by a two-to-one margin; 50 points per game for the opponents and 23 points per game for the Eagles.

  • Central’s seniors shine in final home game

    The seniors on Central’s basketball team went out a bang in the final home game Friday, beating rival Chesterfield, 69-57.
    Three senior players scored in double digits: Devin Rushing, 18, Caleb Cofield 17, and Brandon Edmond 12. Senior Jemiah Smith added 8 points and Elijah Blakeney had two points.
    Central is 7-17 for the season.
    The Junior Varsity also won, 54-51, over Chesterfield. Leading Central scorers were Tyler Stewart with 15 and Kryan Stewart with 14.
    The Junior Varsity is 8-6 this season.

  • Firefighters hold mass casualty drill

    JEFFERSON – Last Saturday Chesterfield County 911 got an emergency call –  fire and explosion at the CaroKnit mill in Jefferson, with possible multiple injuries.
    Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department, as well as firefighters from Alligator (McBee), High Point, Ruby-Mt Croghan, Patrick, Chesterfield, Harris Creek (Cheraw), Teal’s Mill, Brock’s Mill and Pageland responded, as did EMS personnel from Jefferson Rescue, MedShore, Pageland Rescue, and Chesterfield Rescue.