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Inmate tells of parties, visits from girlfriend, wife

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The prosecution has continued to call witness after witness every day this week in the trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker that began April 7 at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.The list of more than 100 potential witnesses includes a variety of people with occupations ranging from tow truck driver, to sheriff’s deputies, a handwriting analyst and even those who provide training for deputies throughout the state.The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigation that led to the indictment of Sanford Marion “Sam” Parker in 2013, after serving 11 years as sheriff, has generated considerable media coverage.


Remember When …

Crowd celebrates opening of Arrowhead Park in Cheraw. This was published April 21, 1994, in The Cheraw Chronicle.

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Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

The following arrests were recently made by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Gary D. Blair, 30, of 226 Ousleydale Road, Patrick, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen goods.• James Anthony Burch, 18, of 175 E. Pine Ridge Road, Chesterfield, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana.• William Raines Tillman Jr., 27, of 310 Kershaw St., Cheraw, was arrested for simple assault....

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Cheraw Police Department

These arrests were made recently by the Cheraw Police Department:• Maikesha Yvette Lovett, 37, of 309 Haley Road, Cheraw, was arrested for trespassing/entering premises, and resisting arrest.• Ray Helms Cecil, 35, of 2317 Freeman Road, Chesterfield, was arrested for shoplifting.• Emmanuel Singleton, 37, of 145 Carol St., Cheraw, was arrested for disorderly conduct.• Frances Lee Short, of 101 Agerton St., Cheraw, was arrested ...

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Supporting victims of sexual assault

The Chesterfield County Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault hosted Denim Day on Friday, April 11. The group traveled throughout the county taking photographs with various participating agencies to support the international cause for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.Those supporting the effort wore jeans to work that day and had their picture taken with a sign that reads “Jeans for Justice.”The annual tradition, which hopes to combat negative a...

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Thomas running for District 54

Fred J.G. Thomas has filed for the South Carolina House of Representative District 54 seat.Thomas is a retired educator with 38 years in public education, which includes Marlboro County and Scotland County, North Carolina.Fred Thomas is a native of Marlboro County, and the son of the late Fred G. Thomas and Alma Pearson Thomas. He is married to DeElizabeth Covington Thomas, and they are the proud parents of LaShawn Thomas-Bridges (Damian Bridges), Frederick Murphy and gr...

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American Legion Golf Tournament May 16

American Legion Post #74 of Chesterfield is hosting a golf tournament May 16 to raise money for the American Legion Scholarship Fund.The tournament will feature Captain’s choice, at $50 per golfer. Lunch is included. There will be hole in one contests, as well as prize drawings at the end of the tournament.The event will be held at the Green River County Club in Chesterfield. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16. Lunch and Tee assignments will take place b...

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New bridge open to traffic

Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleConstruction of the new bridge over Teals Mill Creek on West Market St. Extension was completed last week and was open to traffic Friday. Much of the equipment has been moved to the opposite side of the road as workers begin to dismantle the old bridge.

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Datebook for April 17, 2014

Datebook DeadlineThe Cheraw Chronicle and Chesterfield Advertiser is your community newspaper. One of the ways we involve ourselves is by running the events and happenings of the community in our weekly calendar. Send us your event listing no later than noon the Monday prior to publication (Thursday) and we will list your event in the newspaper. There is no charge for most event listings. To list your event, email us at or call 843-537-5261....

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Your Voice

Did you stay up Monday night to see the Lunar Eclipse, also called the Blood Moon?“No. My buddies and I talked about it. But I decided to go to sleep.”Matt KnightCheraw“I looked for it, but it was too cloudy and rainy.”Nina NelsonCheraw“I actually did not. I heard it was too cloudy. Everybody on Facebook was talking about it.”De’Vashia Gibson...

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The love of the hunt

Raise your hand if you loved the town of Cheraw’s Easter Egg Hunt! Area children, including these pretty sisters, had a blast at the annual egg hunt on Wednesday, April 9 at Caston Park.

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Cheraw police officers to wear body cameras

Body cameras will be the newest thing for the Cheraw Police Department.Interim Police Chief Keith Thomas asked members of Cheraw Town Council Tuesday evening to allow him to make some changes to the department’s budget so that nine body cameras for officers can be purchased.The Cheravian Club has already raised $3,400 for the department, along with a $2,000 grant from the Municipal Association, said Thomas.

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Funderburk turns 90

Bradshaw Funderburk of Cheraw, S.C. was age 90, March 29, 2014. He celebrated his birthday March 31, 2014 at his sister’s home in Cheraw.Family and friends were invited. Attending this celebration was Mr. Funderburk’s son from Farrow, Pa., one of his daughters from North Carolina and a niece from Florida.The birthday celebration was a surprise and was arranged by Mr. Funderburk’s sister and a close friend and relative.

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The legends of the Dogwood Tree

It was a warm spring day many years ago when I first heard the story of the Dogwood tree.My Grandmother was standing at the woodline behind her home and she was so joyful that she had spotted a dogwood in the shadow of the tall long leaf pines. I remember walking over to where she stood to see what she was doing. We were there for Easter, having driven from Tampa, Fla., to spend Easter with the family.

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A scorned South Carolina hero

April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened — but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.First, we recognized a hero. And second, we showed that there is a new South Carolina that is — and for some time has been — struggling to be born.First the hero. The South Carolina of the 1940s and 50s was a brutally racist and divided society. Anyo...

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Don’t stress over fraud

April is Stress Awareness Month, but one thing that should never cause you stress is doing business with Social Security.However, if you fall victim to fraud, it can really stress you out, not to mention damage your credit score and wallet. We encourage you to be cautious of suspicious email, letters, and phone calls or any time someone asks for your personal information.

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Santee Birding and Nature Festival begins April 25

The Santee Birding and Nature Festival, April 25 through April 27, is fast approaching and registration is open.

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Chesterfield named Tree City USA

Chesterfield was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.Chesterfield achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership w...

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