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Today's News

  • Melon fest brings huge musical lineup for 2019

    Twenty musical groups have been booked for Pageland’s Watermelon Festival, including headliners Zach Turner and Ryan Trotti.
    Turner brings his own watermelon expertise to the festival. He co-wrote “Watermelon Crawl.” Tracy Byrd’s version reached No. 4 on the country charts in 1994.

  • Lancaster Co. head-on crash kills 2 drivers

    By Kayla Vaughn
    Landmark News Service

    Two drivers from Lancaster died in a head-on collision on Camp Creek Road March 27.
    The drivers, Tamiko Moore Bristow, 43, and Tommy Eugene Faile, 45, were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with S.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Buick was headed west on Camp Creek Road when it crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Honda, headed east. Miller did not say which driver was in which car.

  • Heath Springs man dies at South Pointe

    A Health Springs resident died Friday afternoon while working at South Pointe Christian School in Pageland.
    Michael Pearson, 26, was part of a crew installing security cameras at the school, said John James, chief deputy coroner for Chesterfield County.
    Pearson was working in the attic pulling cable where he apparently touched a live electrical wire, James said. Pearson was not an electrician, James said.
    Pearson was taken to Atrium-Monroe where he was pronounced dead.

  • McBee men sentenced in weapons theft

    From release

    FLORENCE – Two McBee residents were convicted in federal court last week for the 2017 theft of 69 weapons from a Patrick gun store. 
    Larry Eugene Alford, 30, and Dale Carroll Drew O’Neal, wore camouflage-colored clothing and masks and carried a large cardboard box and blue tote bag when they burglarized the store.

  • Taser shot ends foot chase

    A Cheraw man was arrested on drug and resisting arrest charges following a car and foot chase on March 27. The chase ended when a Chesterfield County deputy hit the man with a  Taser charge on a second attempt. 
    Arrested was Christopher J. Bennette, 27, of Zion Street in Cheraw.
    Bennette was indicted on drug charges in a separate incident in March of 2018. He was released on $7,000 bond for those charged. 

  • Pee Dee Sheriff’s Association meets

    The District III Pee Dee Sheriff’s Association’s held its quarterly luncheon  last Tuesday in Chesterfield for the first time.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon, who was sworn in Jan. 5, hosted and attended his first District III sheriff association meeting.
    “We talked about crime and drug problems in our particular areas,” Dixon said.  “We also brainstormed to come up with solutions to help make our communities safer.”
    The group also discussed issues before the legislature.    

  • A.O. Smith McBee honored for workplace safety

    From release

    McBEE – A. O. Smith’s McBee team was honored for maintaining a safe working environment by the parent company for the third consecutive year.
    A. O. Smith recognizes the company’s manufacturing and distribution operations that have fewer recordable safety incidents than what is considered industry standard by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  

  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Sgt. Marcia Miller

    Rank: Sergeant
    Service with the Pageland Police Department:  Approximately three years
    Age: 31
    Birthplace: Cheraw
    Residence: Chesterfield
    Education: Chesterfield High graduate, 2005; Coastal Carolina graduate, 2010; 12-week training at the S.C. Police Academy, Columbia
    Work experience: House manager, CHESCO

  • Senior Spotlight: Jerry L. Jett

    Age: 62
    Town:  Pageland
    Family: Two sons and two grandchildren
    Faith Affiliation: Baptist
    Occupation/Retired from: Essex Wire, Ind./17 years; U.S. Army/six years
    Favorite meal: Loaded pizza and a salad
    Favorite TV show: Westerns
    How you spend your days? I just joined the seniors at the Pageland Nutrition Center and I work in my garden. I intend to join a gun range soon.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Indianapolis, to see the Amish horses and buggies. My parents live in Carlisle, Ind.

  • S.C. fallen firefighters remembered

    From release

    Firefighters in South Carolina will gather Wednesday to remember their colleges who have died while serving their communities.
    The 11 a.m. ceremony will be at the S.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the on the grounds of the S.C. Fire Academy, 141 Monticello Trail, Columbia.
    The South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, and other members of the state’s fire service will attend the ceremony.