Today's News

  • Airport beacon breaks

    PAGELAND — Beacons aren’t a device you need until you need it, says Pageland Airport Committee Chairman Joe Cook.

    The green and white rotating lights at Pageland Airport haven’t been turning for a couple of weeks — it doesn’t mean the airport is unsafe.

    “You can land unless the lights don’t work,” Cook said.

    For a couple of weeks, the beacon at Pageland Airport hasn’t completed a spin since the motor went out.

  • Myers’ walk-off home run lifts Jefferson to district title

    Trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Kelton Myers smashed a one-out, 2-run walk-off home run and gave Jefferson a thrilling 7-6 come-from-behind victory over McLeod of Florence last Sunday afternoon. The win gave the team the District V Championship in the Dixie Boys (ages 13-14) Baseball Tournament.

  • Hugo Remembered

    Chesterfield County residents knew they were in for rough weather on Sept. 21, 1989. But few had an idea of exactly how bad the storm would get.

    A destructive category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Hugo had been brewing for weeks in the Atlantic Ocean before shifting its gaze westward. It took years to properly evaluate the damage done by the storm, and it’s estimated some $7 billion in damage was caused by Hugo. At the time it was the costliest hurricane in American history, later surpassed by hurricanes Andrew and Katrina.

  • S.C. budget maintains forestry, education cuts

    After a week of debate until the wee hours of the night and morning, the House approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11 that is an improvement over the version approved by the House Ways and Means Committee but is still far from adequate. The new version (H 4657)  would incorporate nearly $174  million in expected new federal Medicaid funds to help  restore funding to several agencies, including the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and Department of Juvenile Justice. 

  • Eagles are county golf champions

    PAGELAND —Central’s golf team won the county championship Wednesday at Green River Country Club in Chesterfield.

    Team scores were Central 306, Chesterfield 337, Cheraw 341, and McBee N/C which means a team has to have four players turn in score cards and McBee had only 3.

    Individual scores for the Eagles were Ben Miller 73, Taylor Jordan 76, Sam Caldwell 78, and Austin Terry 81.

    Monday at White Plains, Central defeated Andrew Jackson 162-177. Central’s individual scores were Miller 37, A. Terry, 41, Caldwell 41, and Matthew Terry 43.

  • 40 Acre Rock: Much less treacherous than advertised

    It was a fun - if exhausting - few hours.

    Saturday morning I packed a bag, applied some sunscreen and ventured out to 40 Acre Rock. Like Sugarloaf Mountain, 40 Acre Rock is one of those places I’ve heard people talk about but never actually visited.  There were a lot of images in my head about what a place called “40 Acre Rock” might look like, and I was a little surprised to see it looked nothing like the setting of an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.

  • Pageland business to make April 28 television appearance

    PAGELAND - WBTV and Blue Max Materials are educating homeowners about the science behind making premium mulch, and they used Oldcastle Lawn & Garden to show the process.

    “There is a science to making good mulch and we want to educate consumers about the value of using premium mulch versus recycled construction debris,” says Barb Luzum of Blue Max Materials. While recycled construction debris provides a less expensive alternative to premium mulches, there are risks associated with using it.

  • Repeat! Three’s the charm.

    PAGELAND - Forced to compete in a playoff game Saturday, Central’s baseball team defeated Andrew Jackson 12-7 to win their third consecutive Region 4AA baseball championship and the fourth in the last five years.

    The game was played at Buford High School.

    Shane Middleton performed well on the mound pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing 3 hits, 5 runs, striking out 6, and walking 7.

    Jerel Blakeney pitched 2/3 of an inning and was the winning pitcher. Des Blakeney pitched the seventh inning and picked up the save.

  • Critter Care

    BUFORD, S.C. - Critter Care isn’t a conventional pat care business.

    While many kennels operate like animal hotels, Grace Carnes brings her pet care services directly to customer’s homes.

    Not only does it keep people from having to transport their pets to and from a boarding facility, it also adds an extra layer of home security, she said. By making house calls for customers who are away from home, she can bring in mail, turn on lights and make it appear that the residents never left.

  • Moore’s Park gets a little greener

    PAGELAND - There’s a tall new addition to Moore’s Park.

    Last week representatives of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and Pageland Town Council gathered in the park to mark the planting of a 16-foot tall cedar tree. The tree was donated by Pageland native Neil Griffin in memory of his father, Roy, who he called “Pageland’s own Santa.”