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Today's News

  • Pageland youth arrested for bringing gun to festival

    A Pageland juvenile was arrested Friday for bringing a gun to the Watermelon Festival.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee said the juvenile was part of a larger group. When someone saw the gun, they informed law enforcement.
    When Pageland police approached the juvenile, he started to run, but was quickly caught, Greenlee said Monday.
    “We responded quickly and took care of the problem outside the public’s eye,” Greenlee said.

  • 12 arrested in county drug sweep

    Over a 10-day period, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested 12 people on drug charges.
    The arrests were made between July 3 and July 12 and were in areas known for drug sales, said Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon.
    “It was a concentrated effort by our department,” Dixon said Sunday.
    “If you take drugs there is the likely chance you will go to jail,” Dixon said.   

  • Hot time in the downtown

    Triple digit temperatures reduced the crowd at this past weekend’s Watermelon Festival.
    Heat index estimates were 111 degrees and it was likely hotter because of all the pavement and food vendors cooking their wares.
    Regardless, says Timothy Griffin, “the spirit of the Watermelon Festival was back this year.”

  • STAFF COLUMN: A festival celebrity – for 45 minutes

    There is a first time for everything.
    After living in Pageland for over half a century, last Saturday morning I experienced my first time being in the Pageland Watermelon parade.
    I found myself “off the sidelines” after so many years of standing – sometimes sitting –  somewhere along McGregor Street, waving at the parade participants.
    Saturday was a new and amazing experience.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Children of all ages find fun at festival

    It was the perfect social media moment.
    Shortly after the safety latch locked in place, some children and teens aboard the spinning chair carousel ride at the Watermelon Festival – took out their cell phones.
    As they spun around, the children and teens eyes locked on their cell phones.
    I don’t know if it was the fear of being left out (FOMO), a game they had to keep playing, or spinning selfie moment, but even when there are things to do in Pageland, it’s not enough for some.

  • NETC holds fall orientation

    From release

    CHERAW – Northeastern Technical College’s 2019 Fall orientation and registration is July 23 at the main campus in Cheraw.
    There are sessions at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. During these sessions, students will register for classes and receive class schedules.
    Returning students can register early by contacting the enrollment center at 843-921-6918 or by contacting their advisor.

  • Senior Spotlight: Edell King Jowers

    Age: 97, born July 1, 1922
    Town: Angelus community
    Family: Two daughters, Mary and Cindy; one son, Aaron; (one son, Burl, deceased), 13 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren
    Church: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, McBee
    Occupation/Retired from: Domestic work
    Favorite family meal: Pinto beans and biscuits. She cooked them when her kids were growing up because her boys loved them, even though she didn’t like them herself.
    Favorite TV show: “Family Feud” with Steve Harvey

  • Gospel Explosion sings praises

    Staff report

    The Gospel Explosion returned to the Watermelon Festival lineup Sunday with a large audience clapping their hands and singing along with eight different groups performing at the gazebo in Moore’s Park.

  • Charges dropped in 2017 death of Mickey Short

    The Chesterfield County solicitor has dropped charges against one of the three people charged in the death of Mickey Short of Ruby, according to news reports.
    Short, 63, was found dead near an abandoned pickup truck on Hurst Road outside Chesterfield. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 10 or 11 p.m. on June 20. The body was found June 21, 2017.

  • Arrest made after gun threats

    A Taylorsville, N.C. man threatened to shoot anyone who got between him and his son during a July 12 incident in Pageland.
    Brandon S. Reed, 24, of Taylorsville, allegedly made the threats by cell phone, according a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Reed allegedly texted he could have a gun brought to him from North Carolina in 45 minutes and he would “shoot everybody” that got between him and his son.
    The incident happened on Price Cemetery Road in Pageland shortly after midnight.