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Tropical storm threatens tonight’s celebrations

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Members of Cheraw Town Council discussed the possibility of having to cancel the evening activities the town has planned for the Independence Holiday celebration today, July 3, if rain from Tropical Storm Arthur comes this far inland. Cheraw Administrator Mike Smith said the call will have to made by 11 a.m. Thursday if it is necessary to cancel the band and the fireworks scheduled to be presented at Cheraw High School’s football stadium this evening.The recently implemented text alert system, along with postings on the the town’s web site, and Facebook page, will allow the community various avenues to find out whether or not the town’s celebration will be dampened with rain two years in a row.


Google is watching

If you want to see what your house — or downtown — looked like six years ago, you’ll need to head to the computer quickly, before Google uploads the new images taken Tuesday morning in Cheraw.A Google camera car, sporting California tags, was moving through town and various small neighborhoods with amazing familiarity. Numerous attempts to stop the car were ignored with a quick smile and a wave. Even efforts to cut the driver off at the pass were ignored....

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Council considers expanding facilities at Riverside

A local engineer has volunteered to help develop a utilization plan for a local park, the Cheraw Town Council learned Tuesday.In a meeting with each of the town’s department heads for a mid-year review, maintenance director Scott Laney said Steve Howiler has volunteered to work on a plan to better utilize the town’s property at Riverside Park by the Great Pee Dee River.“Steve and I both think there is a lot of untapped potential for more recreational us...

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Got Talent?

Cheraw Arts Commission will host an evening at the Theatre on the Green, July 24, to showcase the talent of the community’s youth. The event is called GOT TALENT?This is an opportunity for young singers, dancers, musicians, actors, magicians, comedians, and more, from ages 5-18, to perform on stage before a live audience.This will be a family friendly event with each act limited to five minutes or less. Participants ages 5-18 will be received on a first come, first...

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Photo of the Week

“Bring it on!”

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Red Cross summer blood supply low

The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make...

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Cheraw Farmers Market in full swing

Most all of the local farmers have plenty of fresh, ripe tomatoes this week, along with squash and a little okra.Next week a fresh crop of peas and butter beans, already shelled, are expected to be ready for the fresh market shopper.Cheraw’s Farmers Market is open practically year round, but is much busier during the summer.The market is open three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.Sometimes the farmers are...

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Your Voice

What do you think of the US Supreme Court decision allowing companies to opt out of providing insurance coverage for birth control?“I think birth control should be covered. If everybody supported birth control maybe there would be a lot less stress on food stamp and foster care programs, and children who aren’t taken care of properly.”Meghan WattsMcBee“I don’t think they should have to offer birth control.”...

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Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

The following people were recently charged by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:•Daniel Chase Compton, 18, of 996 Horseshoe Acre Loop, Chesterfield, was charged with simple assault.• Briar Aaron Dylan Gainey, 19, of 6027 W. Market St., Cheraw, was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.• Charles Ryan Seegars, 35, of 207 Old Sutton St., Pageland, was charged with driving under suspension, ...

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Cheraw Police Department

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Robert S. Harpe, 42, of 106 Jefferson Dr.,Cheraw, was charged with kidnapping.• Meagan Elizabeth McLain, 25, of 1256 Davis Rivers Road, Chesterfield, was charged with driving under suspension.• Levone Junior Clemons, 38, of 6975 Meadow Prong Road, Effingham, was charged with shoplifting.• Mary H. Jordan, 25, of 52 Lynn Ave., Cheraw, was charged wi...

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Even superheroes could benefit from Social Security

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for popcorn, snacks and blockbuster movies on the silver screen. Have you noticed that many of the heroes in theaters this year seem to be of a certain age? In fact, some of them are old enough they could easily be getting Social Security retirement benefits even as they continue to work — saving the world or otherwise.These days, retirement isn’t what it used to be. Modern-day retirees are more likely to be travelin...

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Application deadline for fall term is july 29

New or returning students planning to attend Northeastern Technical College this summer should submit admission applications by Tuesday, July 29.A complete list of day, evening, and online course offerings, is available at each of the college campuses in Pageland, Cheraw, Bennettsville and Dillon or, by visiting and clicking on the “Course Schedule – Fall 2014” link located below the photo.Fall term classes start on Monday, August 18....

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Free success skills class starts july 28

Free classes designed to help individuals assess their career skills and explore relevant career pathways through education at Northeastern Technical College (NETC), will be offered July 28-31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the NETC Cheraw main campus in room 536.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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Remember When

Robert LePage, a former graphic artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is walking for world peace and came through Cheraw May 13 on his way to New York City. LePage said, “I am making a pilgrimage for a new world.” This was published May 21, 1987, in The Cheraw Chronicle.

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Funeral Services for Laimon Carter, 78, were held Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at the Pee Dee Union Baptist Church in Cheraw. Burial with Military honors followed at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens. Carter dies at this home on June 26 surrounded by his wife, family and close friends. Mr. Carter, fondly known as Lucky, was born on March 20, 1936 in Chester, South Carolina.

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Ronnie “Ray” Hayes

CHERAW, S.C — Mr. Ronnie “Ray” Hayes, 61, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.Funeral service was 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel, Chesterfield, S.C. Interment followed in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Wednesday, June 25, at the funeral home.Mr. Hayes was born Nov. 8, 1952, in Bennettsville, S.C., a son of the late Richard and Mary Brown Hayes. He was a graduate of...

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Trace MacPherson Shipley

CHERAW, S.C.— Trace MacPherson Shipley, 14, died Friday, May 30, 2014.Born in Florence, S.C., he was a son of Joe (Anissa) Shipley and Tracie (Scott) Douglas. Trace was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and watersports. He played soccer and baseball. He had an infectious smile and a warm and loving heart.

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Practicing jump shots

Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleCheraw Town Councilman John K. Melton spent an overcast morning this week assisting a group of students from Pathfinders United with their jump shots. Pathfinders United is a non-profit youth development program. The program is held at the old Robert Smalls School building on Front Street, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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