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McColl man walks away from truck crash

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HAMLET, N.C. — A Marlboro County man flipped his truck last Friday and escaped with minor injuries.Russell Dotson, 59, of McColl, said he was on his way to work driving northbound on N.C. 381 when his right passenger-side tire blew out about three miles south of Hamlet around 12:25 p.m.“I didn’t even try to correct it,” he said, recalling when his 1984 Ford pickup pulled to one side. “I just let it do what it was gonna do.”Trooper Lee Sampson with the N.C. Highway Patrol said Dotson traveled 252 feet following the blowout until the time the truck flipped on its side, skidding another 18 feet.Dotson said he climbed out of the back sliding window after the crash.

 

Humorist to speak at genealogical society meeting

The Chesterfield District Chapter of the S.C. Genealogical Society will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept 14 at the Visitors Center (the old courthouse) at 100 W. Main St., Chesterfield.Guest speaker will be well-known humorist and storyteller Randy Rayfield, who will present a program called “Aaron Plyer’s Gold.” Everyone is invited to attend the society’s meetings.The group’s research library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur...

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Church plans family, friends weekend

George Waldo Long Memorial Presbyterian Church is celebrating its annual Family and Friends Weekend on Sept. 27-28.At noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, the church will present the play “Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years,” a dramatic presentation by Hayes-Oden Productions of Charlotte, and a hat tea cotillion luncheon.A worship service is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 28 with the Rev. Artemius Woods as guest speaker. Dinner will be served after ...

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Cheraw church plans women’s conference

Faith and Healing Christian Center Full Gospel Ministries of 127 Ivy Lane, Cheraw, is inviting the public to attend its 22nd Women’s Conference and Revival.The conference is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The theme is “Women of destiny impregnated with power.”Speakers will be Minister Betty Marsh, first lady of Nicey Grove Baptist Church in Monroe, North Carolina, and Elder Ora Bailey, associate minister of Fisher ...

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Coulter Memorial class of 1955 holds reunion

Eleven classmates from Coulter Memorial Academy’s class of 1955 — the last graduating class — gathered in reunion with family members and friends on May 25 to mark their 59th anniversary.They began the reunion by attending a worship service at Mount Hebron AME Zion Church on Jersey Street in Cheraw, where the Rev. Barbara Benjamin is pastor. Afterward, they gathered for the reunion dinner at the home of Carnell Swift, where they renewed old friendships, reminisced...

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College offering fall ‘minimester’ courses

New, returning or current Northeastern Technical College students have another opportunity to earn college credit before spring semester with the upcoming fall mini-semester, which begins Sept. 22.The “minimester” is a 10-week shortened term that offers online courses and day and evening classes at Northeastern Tech campuses in Cheraw, Bennettsville and Dillon.

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State park, hatchery plan youth fishing rodeo

State officials are inviting Chesterfield County residents to take their kids fishing and get free canoe and kayak paddling lessons this weekend.The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Parks of Recreation and Tourism have teamed up to host a free outdoor family event on Sept. 13 in the Cheraw area. Youth ages 6-15 are encouraged to sign up for a fishing rodeo at the DNR’s Cheraw Fish Hatchery and a paddling clinic at the Cheraw State Park.

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Little red piano sparks lifelong music ministry

Chesterfield County resident Gladys Premo recalls fond memories as a young girl when her parents gave her a little red piano on her fifth birthday. This marked the beginning of a lifelong journey fueled by her love for music and teaching others.

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Anson crossing state line to take on Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Rams and Anson Bearcats will face off on the gridiron for the inaugural Battle for the Border trophy this Friday.The trophy is being presented by nonprofit hospices serving the two counties, Anson Community Hospice in North Carolina and Hospice of Chesterfield County in South Carolina.“This is a very exciting opportunity. Not only to be representing North Carolina, but a great organization in hospice,” Anson Athletic Director Terry Mabry said...

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Hey, S.C. — take it easy on my transmission

Last weekend, I drove up to Carthage, North Carolina, to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.I’ve driven on bad roads before. I’ve driven in the American northeast, where melted snow seeps into the pavement and cracks it all winter long. I’ve driven in the Scottish Highlands, where many of the roads can’t really be called roads at all.

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Gun club to hold state championship matches

PATRICK — Marksmen will put their skills to the test this weekend and next month as the Black Creek Gun Club hosts two International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association championship matches.The IHMSA small-bore and fifth-scale state championship matches are planned this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. The association’s big-bore state championship match is scheduled on Oct. 11-12. Both events are free to attend as a spectator.

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Thoughts on gators, politicians and oil

As I write these words, I’m sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I’m surrounded by nothing but God’s creations and natural beauty.Rimming the pond are majestic, centuries-old oaks dripping Spanish moss and towering above the palmetto trees. Snowy egrets and blue herons wade in the shallow water with a magnificent bright blue sky and white fluffy clouds above. There is even an old, sly-looking alligator b...

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Historian details colonial roots of Mask’s Ferry

Before bridges crisscrossed the Pee Dee River, those wishing to travel to and from Cheraw had to use another mode of transportation — ferries.Steve Bailey of Anson County Genealogy Services in North Carolina was able to dig up the history of Mask’s Ferry on the Pee Dee River, which was located in the northern part of Richmond and Anson counties.

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GPS leads to pine straw theft arrests

Sheriff’s deputies say a crafty Chesterfield County farmer used GPS monitoring to thwart four alleged thieves who pilfered his pine straw and stole a Kubota tractor.A 30-year-old man called 911 to report pine straw stolen from his land on Truck Trail near Patrick on Aug. 24. He told dispatchers he had placed GPS units in several bales and was tracking one of the devices to N.C. 177 in North Carolina.Two other GPS units were still on or near his property, but were s...

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2 jailers arrested in inmate scandal

Two female jailers are accused of having improper dealings with male inmates at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.Marian Elizabeth Rivers, 41, of Vaughn Lane, Chesterfield, admitted to performing oral sex on an inmate and bringing him cigarettes, a cellphone and money, according to a sheriff’s office report.SeQuan Black Phillips, 31, of 22236 U.S. 1, McBee, told investigators she smuggled cigarettes and a skull cap into the jail for a second male inmate, an ...

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Christmas parade seeks entries

Hospice of Chesterfield County will coordinate and sponsor the 25th annual Chesterfield County Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 on Main Street in downtown Chesterfield.Churches, civic groups and businesses are invited to enter “homemade” floats with lighting being encouraged. Best float prizes will be awarded as follows: grand prize - $300, second place - $200 and third place - $100. The grand-prize winner will also receive a trophy ...

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Rising star Parker Milsap to perform in Cheraw

Twenty-one-year-old Parker Millsap will perform at the Theatre on the Green on Friday, Sept. 19, in support of his self-titled debut album, to be released Feb. 4 via Thirty Tigers.Millsap has been quickly making a name for himself with his live performances and original material.His song “Truck Stop Gospel” was named one of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Songs of 2014, with reviewers calling the track, “A story of faith and misguided redemption set to a ...

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A library card is your child’s ticket to academic achievement

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Chesterfield County Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all — a free library card.

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