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Today's News

  • Accommodation tax proposals sought

    CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County Economic Development is seeking proposals funded by accommodation tax from organizations whose primary focus is increasing tourism within the county. 
    S.C. law requires accommodations tax revenue be spent on tourism related activities.
    Applications for accommodation taxes should have data to show the tourism impact. 

  • New Heights student arrested for alleged threat

    A 13-year-old student at New Heights Middle School on April 5 allegedly threatened to shoot up the school if he got in-school suspension again.
    The student allegedly made the threat during a class.
    A teacher and 20 students gave statements to the school resource officer on what they heard.

  • Flat tire ends multi-county, high-speed chase

    A Rock Hill man was arrested after a five-jurisdiction, high-speed chase that began in Chesterfield County.
    Sidney C. Canty, 21, of Rock Hill, was arrested April 3, in Florence County by deputies from Florence and Chesterfield counties.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy started the chase when he observed the car Canty was driving traveling 51 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone in McBee.
    When the deputy turned on his blue lights and siren, the driver accelerated. According to the report, chase speeds reach “triple digits.”

  • Master plan deadline nears

    April 23 is the deadline to submit proposals for a downtown master plan for Pageland.
    The town did not provide guidelines to potential submitters.
    Mayor Jason Evans said the process was not specific so the town could get the broadest of submissions.
    Usually a municipal government seeking companies to develop a master plan will issue a request for qualifications.
    Evans said that is where the town will start.
    “We want people to send us their proposals. Show what they can do and give us samples of their work,” Evans said.

  • Coordinating council’s coordinator departing

    After 25 years of non-stop dedication, Margaret Plettinger Mitchell is leaving the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council.
    Under Mitchell’s leadership the council has done what its name implies, coordinate; bringing together non-profit groups, schools and government to better Chesterfield County.
    “She has been the driving force behind us and the reason for our success,” said Ralph Laney, director of the Chesterfield County Department of Social Service office and a coordinating council board member.
    “She is a go-getter.”

  • Shooting victims’ names released

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a possible triple homicide on Society Hill Road in the county.
    The shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. April 9 at 3021 Society Hill Road near Cheraw.
    The deceased are Hailey Brown, 29, Cordarius Foster, 27, and a three year-old child. State law protects the identity of the deceased child.
    On April 12, Sheriff James Dixon said, “in an investigation of this magnitude, it takes times to conduct the interviews and gather evidence needed to thoroughly investigate these deaths.”

  • A new door for the Door of Hope?

    The Door of Hope food pantry and community center needs more space and volunteers.
    The Door of Hope, on S.C. 9 behind the King Funeral Home, is at capacity. With more space, it could expand its food giveaways and increase its offering of community services.
    It also needs more help to meet the needs of people who went to other food pantries for assistance.
    The Blessing Resource Center closed its food pantry at First Baptist in Pageland in February to concentrate on its core mission of early childhood education.

  • County jail officer charged with misconduct

    An officer at the Chesterfield County Detention Center has been charged with bringing contraband into the jail.
    Angel L. Kelly, 22, of Martin Luther King Drive in Cheraw, was arrested April 5 after an investigation by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
    A director at the detention center requested assistance from the Chesterfield County’s Sheriff’s Office after receiving reports of cigarette smoke, as well as possible alcohol and drug use, in one section of the jail.

  • County baseball, softball teams await playoffs

    Spring break will be a tune-up for the playoffs for Chesterfield County baseball teams
    McBee is playing is playing four games at the Mungo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach.
    Cheraw and Central are playing in a tournament sponsorsed by the Braves.
    Central is also playing a region doubleheader at Lee Central to finish its 4-AA season.
    Chesterfield beat Justice 5-4 Monday on a walk-off single by Adam Bytheway in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bytheway singled on a 0-2 count.

  • Central boys, Cheraw girls dominate

    Central and Cheraw split the Chesterfield County Track and Field championships last week.
    Central won the boys’ meet and Cheraw claimed the girls’ title.
    Central dominated on the track, winnings all three relay races, the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the mid-stance races of 400- and 800-meters, as well as long-distance races of 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
    Members of Central’s relay teams were: Ay’den Chambers, Brandon Edmond, Miquel Funderburk, JR Reid; Jaquel Funderburk, EJ Threatt, Gavin Eubanks, and Edgar Guzman.