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Sheriff candidate swaps parties, targets meth labs

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A third-party candidate for Chesterfield County sheriff vows to seek out and shut down drug dealers if voters name him the county’s top law enforcement officer.Raymond R. Wright, who retired as senior detective at a South Florida police department, is running as the Constitution Party of South Carolina candidate for sheriff after filing for the office as a Republican. He faces Democrat Jay Brooks in the Nov. 4 election.

 

National Night Out planned next week

Taking a stand for a safe and crime-free Cheraw could earn you a new flat-screen television or Xbox One video game console.The town of Cheraw’s National Night Out event is planned from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Police and firefighters will be on hand to meet and speak with residents about crime, safety and community issues.Police Chief Keith Thomas and Town Councilwoman Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon have been preparing for this year’s events for weeks, town offi...

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Cheraw, Wallace women injured in N.C. crash

HAMLET, N.C. — Two South Carolina women remain hospitalized following a Monday morning wreck in a North Carolina county along the state line.According to Trooper Lee Sampson of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Johneisha Ellerbe of Cheraw is in the intensive care unit at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.Sampson said he does not yet know the extent of her injuries.The other driver, Linda Faye Leach of Wallace, broke both ankles and has a cracked sternum, Sampson said ...

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On the road to recovery

It has been weeks since I have been here in the Chronicle. I have a good excuse though. I was so near death’s door that the knocker on it bore my face, grimaces and all.It started out with a little case of fire ant bites. It progressed to cellulitis, for which I was unsuccessfully treated, and then the gas gangrene arrived. I had only heard of gas gangrene in old war movies, so it seemed so far removed from my reality that when the surgeon broke the news, I didn’t under...

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Could S.C. be the next Ferguson?

It is front-page news all across the state and indeed nationwide — a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happened.The question is — what now?Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?In civil protests all around the globe, protesters often use a familiar chant when they are confronted by the police or armed force...

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College giving away scholarships at homecoming games

Northeastern Technical College will be holding special prize drawings at Cheraw and Chesterfield High School¹s homecoming games Friday, Oct. 3 to give away $300 scholarships.Scholarships can be used by students of all ages to apply toward college credit and/or continuing education (non-credit) classes at any Northeastern Tech campus or online.Anyone can enter to win a scholarship by completing a registration card, which will be distributed and collected during the f...

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News anchor, Cheraw native named Woman of Influence

Janet Parker has something to celebrate as she returns home to attend her 10-year reunion at Cheraw High School.An anchor and reporter at Fox affiliate WACH in Columbia, Parker has been named one of Southeast Small Business Magazine’s 2014 Top Women of Influence. The honor recognizes women who have achieved business goals and serve as an inspiration to others while balancing work, home and health.Parker will join fellow honorees at the Women of Influence breakfast ...

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College offers free orientation classes

Free classes designed to help individuals assess their career skills and explore relevant career pathways through education at Northeastern Technical College will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20-23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cheraw main campus in room 813.The Success Skills four-day class is designed to benefit single parents, homemakers and individuals who are interested in nontraditional careers.

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Calling the plays for a retirement touchdown

Good coaching and a great playbook can make all the difference in the world for a winning football team. Fail to create a sound game plan, and you’re likely to miss opportunities and fall behind.The same is true for retirement — except you call the plays, including when to retire and how much to save. If you walk onto the retirement field without a game plan, you may have to work longer than you had hoped. You certainly don’t want to find yourself unable to have t...

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14 gaming machines seized

Sheriff’s deputies say they seized 14 illegal gambling machines and arrested two men during recent raids conducted with the State Law Enforcement Division.Deputies and SLED agents found two pot o’ gold machines Sept. 9 at Town and County Grocery Store, 701 S. Pearl St., Pageland, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report.Authorities detained and questioned two people playing the machines when the deputies arrived, but the players were r...

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Nestlé still considering local bottling plant

Chesterfield County is still in the running for a Nestlé Waters North America bottling plant, and a company spokesman said recently that Nestlé has yet to make its final decision.“We’re basically in the evaluation process.” said Lance Tully, Nestlé Waters North America’s Southeast Mid-Atlantic senior natural resource specialist. “I’m hopeful by the end of the year, that the company will decide to build as facility here. That’...

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Cheraw’s S.C. Jazz Festival lineup set

Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie proudly shared his Cheraw roots when performing across the world, and now Dizzy’s South Carolina hometown is preparing to honor its most famous native son with the South Carolina Jazz Festival on Oct. 17-19.Complete with plenty of jazz, the three-day celebration provides attendees the opportunity to relax with family and friends. More than 25 jazz performances are scheduled throughout the weekend at Centennial Park, the Theatre on the Green, and loc...

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Sheriff’s victim advocate earns U.S. citizenship

Stephanie Luther has traded “O Canada,” for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The 37 year-old Canadian native, who is victim advocate for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, realized a 14-year dream of becoming an American citizen as she swore allegiance to the United States of America on Aug. 8.“I am so proud of her achievement,” Chesterfield County Sheriff Rob Lee said in a statement. “She began the process by obtaining a ...

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S.C. Electric & Gas to close Cheraw office

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. will permanently close its customer service office at 227 Market St. in Cheraw effective Dec. 1.“The decision to close the Cheraw office at this time is driven by operational efficiencies,” SCE&G Vice President of Gas Operations Felicia Howard said in a written statement. “How customers prefer to pay and communicate with SCE&G is changing, and more of our customer interactions are moving online.”

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3 charged in prescription pain pill ring

PAGELAND — An upstate South Carolina man has been jailed in North Carolina after authorities say he bought more than 6,000 stolen prescription pain pills.Randall Wayne Shehane, 48, of Lancaster, is accused of buying roxicodone pills from 42-year-old Gregory Rorie, whose wife, 38-year-old Michelle Lawrence Rorie, allegedly stole them from the Monroe, N.C., drug store where she works as a pharmacy technician.Michelle Rorie allegedly stole stock bottles of the opiate ...

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Chronicle parent names regional advertising director

Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton, N.C., and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets, including The Cheraw Chronicle. He succeeds Rick Bacon, who...

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Cheraw sets Oct. 30 for trick-or-treating

Halloween comes a day early for trick-or-treaters this year due to traffic safety concerns over the Friday, Oct. 31 football game at Chesterfield High School.“Trick or treat hours will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30,” said Municipal Clerk Betty Lynn Watson.With football games and Halloween hijinks taking place in close succession, it can be all to easy to overlook basic safety practices for costuming and going door-to-door in search of sweet treats....

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Red Cross seeks donors during Liver Awareness Month

FLORENCE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.Donors with ...

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