Book mission: S.C.’s rising childhood literacy rate means it’s not just words Rows of first-graders sat cross-legged in their elementary school’s library, chattering to kids in other classes in fits of nervous excitement.
They pulled on the laces in their sneakers and were reminded, time and time again, to keep their bottoms on the ground.
“If I see Cocky, I’m going to pee my pants,” said one student at W.B. Goodwin Elementary School in North Charleston.
Their teachers — who clutched digital cameras and beamed wi...
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Gas prices … no worries! Karen Kissiah | Cheraw Chronicle
Tired of seeing your dollars go up in gas fumes? Perhaps you’d be happier on a three-wheeled moped, like Anne Duncan, of Cheraw, and Princess, her very proud chihuahua. Duncan said she and Princess can ride as much as they like for about $2 a week.
State lawmaker arrested again Anytime a lawmaker breaks the law, his or her mistakes are plastered across every media source available. But South Carolina Representative Ted Vick, of Chesterfield, has made the same headline two years in a row. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in downtown Columbia, Vick was arrested for driving under the influence, according to police.
This time Vick was arrested on Statehouse grounds by an officer of the Bureau of Protective Services, said Sherri...
Sheriff’s Office suspended from military surplus program Many Chesterfield County residents may remember seeing former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker hanging out the door of the county’s helicopter, looking for suspects on the ground. However, since Parker’s grand jury indictment on misconduct in office charges, the county’s new sheriff, Robert Lee, has requested a complete inventory of military equipment provided to Chesterfield County through the 1033 Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO)...
Energy Department awards $200,000 to Clemson WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has selected Clemson University for a $200,000 award to support the development of curricula and training that will help researchers and students gain a better understanding of the complex conditions of a modern electric grid, focusing on synchrophasor technology. Washington State received one of seven awards totaling $1.4 million to help colleges and universities better prepare the electricity workforce of ...
Cheraw Police Department arrests for May 16, 2013 Jeremy Keith Killian, 26, of 2781 Rosser Road, in Wallace, was arrested in the Walmart parking lot in Cheraw for possession of methamphetamines and possession of a controlled substance, according to booking reports from the Cheraw Police Department.
Officer Clayton Anderson, who had a courtesy summons for Killian, said he recognized Killian in the parking lot. According to the incident report, as Anderson approached the car to deliver the s...
12 SC counties certified Work Ready Community In Progress The South Carolina Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) approved the applications of 12 counties to be designated as South Carolina Work Ready Community In Progress. All 46 South Carolina counties are now designated Work Ready Community In Progress.
To earn the South Carolina Work Ready Community In Progress designation, counties had to demonstrate a commitment in meeting their two year criteria, which includes improving high school graduation...
Nursing students earn pins After two years of study, 29 graduates of the Lillian Duer James School of Nursing at Richmond Community College celebrated completion of their Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) program at a pinning ceremony Thursday night, May 9, at the Cole Auditorium in Hamlet, N.C.
Ernest Grant, Outreach Coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and Professor at UNC School of Nursing, challenged the newly pinned nurses to be agents of change. ...
Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrests for May 16, 2013 The following arrests were recently made by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:
• Colen Akbar Jones, 28, of 614 Isabella, Laurinburg, N.C., was arrested for possession of marijuana.
• Harvey Lavern Watson, 43, of 284 Rolling Hill Lane, Cheraw, was arrested for simple assault/assault and battery third degree.
• Edwin Minchez, 35, of 1503 Stateline Road, Pageland, was arrested for assault and battery third degree.
• Ralph Jones Jr...
McBee Elementary chorus performs at Disney Members of the McBee Elementary School Chorus performed on The Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney earlier this year.
This is the fourth time that the MES chorus has been chosen to perform in the Disney Performing Arts program. Music teacher Stephanie Tiller submitted a DVD audition of the group performing two songs from their May 2012 Dinner Theatre.
The chorus along with 55 parents, family members, and well wishing supporters departed Di...
5th Annual American Legion Golf Tournament The Chesterfield American Legion Post 74 is sponsoring its 5th Annual Golf Tournament Friday, May 17, at the Green River Country Club in Chesterfield. Proceeds will benefit the group’s Annual Scholarships Fund.
The event is Captain’s Choice and registration is $50 per golfer. Lunch will be included and door prizes will be awarded. There also will be a hole in one contest.
Lunch and starting tee assignments are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. un...
NETC employees give back by making United Way pledges Northeastern Technical College employees contributed $3,356 to the United Way of Chesterfield County, which is more than triple the amount the college raised when it joined the United Way campaign eight years ago.
“This is a true testimony to how a little can go a long way,” said Margaret Plettinger Mitchell, United Way of Chesterfield County director. “We ask people to give what they can. Whether it is $1 or $10, your contribution is makin...
Spring into 4-H Are you interested in learning more about 4-H? Do you want to learn about animals, how to garden, science and technology, food and nutrition or how to be a better leader? Then 4-H might be for you.
Chesterfield County 4-H will be holding a meeting for parents and youth on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Library, 119 W. Main St. in Chesterfield. Persons are asked to come through the side door located on the right side o...
Gainey named Recycler of the Year Rose Gainey, representing the efforts of Chesterfield County, was honored by the Carolina Recycling Association with the Recycler of the Year Award. Gainey was recognized during the annual conference and trade show in Myrtle Beach April 10, and again by members of Chesterfield County Council May 1.
The award is given each year to an individual in the field who has made a significant contribution to the “advancement of integrated solid waste...
Accepting grant money causes controversy Chesterfield County Council agreed May 1 to be the legal authority for what is known as a “grant pass-through,” enabling the Alligator Rural Water & Sewer Co., Inc., to receive a $350,000 grant awarded by the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority in March of this year. But if two councilmen, and the Mayor of McBee had their way, the money would have been turned down.
Voting against the Alligator pass-through grant were Chesterfield ...
Cheraw High loses young coach The shock of Cheraw High School Coach Terrance Ford’s death last week echoed through the community. The flag was lowered to half mast that sad Wednesday morning as local clergy and others from the community offered words of comfort and prayers for students and co-workers.
According to Chesterfield County Schools Public Information Officer Ken Buck, Ford died of an apparent heart attack. He was just 34-years-old.
Ford had served as head ba...
Touring Cheraw Karen Kissiah | Cheraw Chronicle
A bus load of tourists descended on Cheraw this past Tuesday. And they weren’t just passing through, they had chosen Cheraw as their destination. The small group of people from the low country of South Carolina, near the Holly Hill area, were given guided tours around town by Sarah Spruill. Many said they were “very impressed with Cheraw’s history.”
Cheraw Police Department - arrests for May 9, 2013 The following arrests were recently made by the Cheraw Police Department:
• Sandricka Brown, 27, of 1382 Dizzy Gillespie Apts., Cheraw, was arrested for forgery.
• Timothy N. Douglas, 36, of 3286 W. Market St., Cheraw, was arrested for trespassing/entering premises.
• Jacqueline S. Rhymer, 48, of 839 Ayers St., Cheraw, was arrested for shoplifting and petit larceny.
• Jeffery Thomas Wilson, 43, of 133 Evans Row, Cheraw, was arrested f...
No news on fire contract It remains to be seen whether or not “no news is good news” when it comes to decisions regarding the current contract the Town of Cheraw has with Chesterfield County in regards to the county’s annual $200,000 obligation to the Cheraw Fire Department.
The issue was on Chesterfield County Council’s agenda last Wednesday morning, May 1, to be discussed in executive session. Council entered executive session for that purpose, but after approxim...
Council considers millage increase to balance budget When Cheraw Town Council met Tuesday evening, Mayor Andy Ingram presented a proposed budget plan that would include a 10 mill tax increase, a $1 increase per month for garbage service, as well as comprehensive measures to seek budget savings throughout the year.
Last week, Ingram expressed concern over not being able to offer council a balanced budget on which to vote. The budget presented last week fell short on the revenue side by more th...
Cheraw High School names 3rd nine weeks honor roll ALL A’S
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Lt. Governor McConnell recognizes May as Older Americans Month COLUMBIA, S.C. — Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month, a proud tradition that demonstrates our nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. On May 7, Older Americans Month was celebrated with a Senior Expo and Fun Day at Hyatt Park in Columbia.
Hosts for the event were the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Lieutenan...
Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office - arrests for May 9, 2013 The following arrests were recently made by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:
• Jonathan R. Davis, of 1310 Oak Crest Drive, Apt. 736, Columbia, S.C., was arrested for simple possession of marijuana.
• Travis Scott Reep, 22, of 742 NC 120 Hwy, Mooresboro, N.C., was arrested for speeding and possession of a controlled substance.
• Labrelle Nicole Curry, 28, of 6 321 Bypass, York, S.C., was arrested for trafficking cocaine, possess...
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle students participate in state read-in Fourty-eight students from Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School joined more than 2,000 other students from around the state and assembled on the State House grounds April 11 to celebrate the importance of reading and libraries.
Sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians and the SC State Library, the festivities began with a parade down Senate Street from the State Library to the State House. A school roll call was conducted once the st...