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14 gaming machines seized

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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 released without charges.Store owner Abdulmalik Mogbel Almontaser, 32, of Pageland, was given a summons charging him with gambling equipment violations.

 

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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10 at the Top: A big idea for S.C.

This week, more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say, and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.First, who are they? 10 at the Top, or TATT as they like to call themselves, is made up of community leaders from the 10 county regions we generally call the Upstate who have come together to creatively tackle their common problems.They don’t rea...

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Domestic violence: Tackle it head-on

Hard hits. Domination. Fierce competition to become the victor. Taunting.These words certainly describe an NFL football game, but they can also be used to describe an NFL player such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice. In fact, the correlation is uncanny and worthy of inspection. Sorry fans, but a football game can sometimes be likened to nothing short of a controlled barroom brawl. Some players on the field can be barbarians off the field. Again, case in point via Ray Rice.

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2 charged in Walmart meth bust

An alert sheriff’s deputy busted an apparent mobile meth lab and arrested two men after noticing suspicious behavior while shopping at Walmart.Chesterfield County sheriff’s Cpl. Robert J. White was inside the Walmart Supercenter on S.C. 9 in Cheraw when he noticed another customer, 31-year-old Brandon Lee Sasser of Loris, walking in circles and pacing from one side of the store to the other on Sept. 7, according to a sheriff’s office report.Sasser bough...

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Deputies catch escaped inmate

CHESTERFIELD — Sheriff’s deputies captured a 17-year-old inmate within hours after he escaped from the Chesterfield County Detention Center, according to a report released last week.Dontrell Maleek Sharper of Darlington left his cell shortly after 11 a.m. Aug. 31 when he discovered a correctional officer did not close his cell door completely, the report states. Sharper walked into the jail office, slid through a hole in the window and left the building when he found th...

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Business expo, job fair planned Thursday

Dozens of Chesterfield County businesses will be showcasing their services today at the 2014 Business and Industry Expo and Job Fair.The expo is planned from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Cheraw Community Center at the corner of Powe and Second streets. Sponsors include the Greater Cheraw Chamber of Commerce, the town of Cheraw and Chesterfield General Hospital.Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Attendees can register for free door prizes a...

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Bereavement support group to meet Sept. 25

Hospice of Chesterfield County will hold a bereavement support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at Cheraw First Baptist Church’s family life center, 126 Greene St.The meeting will focus on stress management through relaxation techniques led by special presenter Jane Crossman.Organizers encourage newcomers to attend and share memories of their loved ones. Light refreshments will be served.For more information, call Samantha Dowdy at 843-623-9155...

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Free GED practice tests offered

Chesterfield County Adult Education will give free GED practice tests at its Chesterfield office from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3.The “See for Free” program will help students determine whether they’re ready to take the GED tests and which skils they need to sharpen. Practice test scores will be used to create free personalized study plans.Practice tests will be given at the adult education office at 116 Edwards Road, Chesterfield. To learn more or to sign up to...

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The strange world of race and politics in S.C.

In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate. And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.Ironically, he will be elected without significant African-American support on the Republican ticket — the party that is widely perceived to be indifferent, if not hostile, to African-Americans.Scott’s opponent, Columbia City Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, is also African-American, so if ...

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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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