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S.C. Jazz Fest kicks off Friday

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Chesterfield County residents and music lovers from across the Carolinas are getting jazzed up for the 2014 South Carolina Jazz Festival, which is set to begin Friday with a performance from the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet.“Each year, we try to make it bigger and better. One thing we’re all really excited about this year is the fact of who our main-event artists are on Friday evening and Saturday evening,” said David Sides, director of tourism and community development for the town of Cheraw. “If you’re into jazz at all, you’ve heard that Marsalis name. They’re synonymous with jazz.”


Church to host fall festival

House of Praise Church on Beaver Run Road is inviting the public to its second annual fall festival and first barbecue and chicken plate sale at 1 p.m. Oct. 25.Free games, cotton candy and children’s activities will be available. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted and appreciated.Barbecue and chicken plates are $7, and guests can dine in or purchase plates to carry out. Plates are $7 each.For more information, call Sarah at 843-622-...

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Peace advocate to speak on Mideast conflict

WADESBORO, N.C. — Those who are unsure of the reasons behind the conflict in the Middle East, or wonder what they, as private citizens, can do to achieve peace may want to attend Sam Wazan’s lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at First United Methodist Church in Wadesboro. This lecture is free and open to the public.Wazan is the survivor of the 15-year conflict in Lebanon and a passionate catalyst for peace. In his talk, Wazan aims to equip his audience with a new lens th...

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It’s good to be (sort of) home

For a journalist, shining the spotlight onto others is simply par for the course. So it’s only natural that there is a chilling deer-in-the-headlights sense of uncertainty and a little fear when that light is turned around on to me.What do I say? It’s really tricky to know which details to include or exclude about myself. How much is too much? How much is not enough? Oh well, I suppose the best place to start is the beginning.My name is Randy Garner, and I am...

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Volunteer seeks to inspire youth

The organizer of Cheraw’s inaugural Stop the Violence basketball tournament in August is planning a second hoops tourney to raise awareness for breast cancer detection and treatment.The first-ever Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament took place in Cheraw’s Levi G. Byrd Park on Aug. 16. A total of eight teams showed up to compete, with an estimated 150 people in attendance.“I was really happy with the turnout” said Germain Thompson, who hosted a...

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Three arrested on drug charges

These people were recently charged by members of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Derrick O. Martin, 25, 2757 Gilmore Road, Jefferson, drug equipment violation, Oct. 3.• William Chester Miles, 25, 328 E. Miller St., Jefferson, drug equipment violations, Oct.3.•Robert Melton McLain, 51, 1999 Campbell Road, Patrick, shoplifting, Oct. 3.•Tommy Lewis Jenkins, 40, 4206 Jenkins Road, Marshville, North Carolina, drug...

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Fighting marriage equality to the bitter end

First, please forgive my personal indulgence about South Carolina with this column. I love our state, I really do. I have a friend who says I’m obsessed with South Carolina; he may be right.My personal family history goes back to the earliest days of the Upcountry; I was born in Greenville. My wife is a native of Laurens and her S.C. family roots go back generations as well. Both our children were born here.

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Women of a certain age

I have noticed that since I left my 40s behind (WAYYY behind) that the topic of conversation has shifted from sex, children and gossip to shopping and food. Mostly shopping FOR food.The closer we get to Halloween, the closer Thanksgiving looms.I have talked to my sister Toni and cousin Crystal this week and, the topic with them both was (you guessed it) food. Mostly we talked about rutabagas. I love rutabagas. No one made them like my grandmother, who we called “Mammy.”...

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Let’s talk about Medicare

October is “Talk About Prescriptions Month” and marks the beginning of this year’s Medicare open enrollment period. It’s the perfect time to talk about Medicare prescriptions and the extra help available from Social Security.Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) plan, should act now. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7....

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Church fellowship luncheon set Sunday

The Rocky Branch Baptist Church’s Fall Fellowship Luncheon will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.The pastor aide ministry team of Rocky Branch Baptist Church will sponsor this fundraiser to support the pastoral family ministry. Luncheon will be served at the church fellowship hall. Meal tickets will cost $5.For more information, contact pastor aide president Cynthia Deese at 704-221-5000 or by email at

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Wal-Mart donates $30,000 to county group

Chesterfield County First Steps on Sunday hosted an open house for Blessings Resource Center, a comprehensive family assistance portal.During the event, representatives from Wal-Mart presented the $30,000 grant for Blessings Resource Center to First Steps Executive Director Karen Martini-Odom and board members.Blessings Resource Center will provide emergency food for needy families, information about and access to available family assistance services, access to First Ste...

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Art for Tots classes planned Oct. 21

The Cheraw Arts Commission will present “Art for Tots” mini-art classes in October. The classes for ages 5 and under will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Cheraw Community Center at 200 Powe St.The classes geared for the young artist will explore colors, shapes and three-dimensional objects. Each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor for the art classes will be local artist Gina Bowles.Cost for each class is $8 per child with supplies ...

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PHOTOS: National Night Out

Melanie Crawford enjoys National Night Out, an event intended to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and youth.Jennifer Oliver, left, and Bernice Linton of the Chesterfield-Marlboro Head Start program supported their community by participating in National Night Out on Tuesday.Sarah Webb receives her Child ID Kit from Cheraw Police Officer Nathan Coyle at National Night Out.Cheraw’s youth enjoy Frisbee and a host of other activities duri...

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Everyone should try Mama’s ‘Angel Biscuits’

Mama was an excellent cook. Mama also collected recipes the way some people collect stamps or coins. She had so many different types of recipes that should I live to be 99, well I won’t have gotten through a quarter of them.She was the kind of cook who, should unexpected company arrive, she could take a pound of shoe leather and you’d think you had just dined on filet mignon. I have been dreaming of Angel Biscuits since I became able to walk into the kitchen and stand f...

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Theft suspect caught with gun strapped to chest

JEFFERSON — Sheriff’s deputies say a man who stole a rifle in a car break-in was caught walking down the street with the gun strapped to his chest and a knife in his hand.Chesterfield County deputies were called to East Miller Street in the town of Jefferson Sept. 27 after residents there reported a man “carrying a shotgun and a long knife walking down the roadway going into people’s yards,” according to an incident report released last week....

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Families flock to National Night Out

Cheraw’s annual National Night Out, an event held to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and youth, drew a crowd of locals to Centennial Park on Tuesday.The event was sponsored by the Cheraw Police Department, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Cheraw Fire Department, featured entertainment and free food and drinks for kids.Chief of Police Keith Thomas said that he was impressed by the turnout.“It’s bette...

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College awards 3 scholarships, 5 more up for grabs

Three students were awarded with $300 scholarships to Northeastern Technical college through drawings at their homecoming games Oct. 3.Alana Melton of Chesterfield High, Marian McManus of Cheraw High, and Dakota Love of Latta High School were the winners of the first round of scholarship drawings.The scholarships can be used by the recipients to apply towards tuition for college credit and/or continuing education classes at any NETC campus or online.NETC will ...

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Bill Cosby plans first-ever show in Florence

FLORENCE — The one and only Bill Cosby, award-winning star of stage, screen, records and TV, will make his first-ever personal appearance in the Pee Dee when he brings his “Far From Finished” comedy tour to the Florence Civic Center Monday, Oct. 27.One of America’s most beloved public figures for five decades, Cosby has transcended age, gender and cultural barriers, entertaining generations of fans with his iconic albums, best-selling books, movies and game-...

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