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Sidewalk, park to be paved

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Several projects, ranging from sidewalk paving to transformer moving, are in the works for the town of Cheraw.Town Manager Mike Smith went through a list of 22 items he and his staff are working on during a briefing meeting with town council members Tuesday afternoon.Smith said the S.C. Department of Transportation will soon begin work on three local projects: a sidewalk for Cheraw Primary School, the paving of Prestige Park and storm drainage at Pee Dee Union Baptist Church. He said those projects should begin within the next two weeks.Another project involving patching and paving on U.S. 52 North should be done next week, he said.

 

Quit selling cookie dough; let parents give directly

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.As reported by The State newspaper recently, The Smart Snacks in Schools program creates a dilemma: how will schools raise private dollars if they can no longer sell snack foods?“If we can’t sell a candy bar anymore, what can we sell?” asked one school official. “We are going...

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Police: McColl man caught after 130-mph chase

LAURINBURG, N.C. — A McColl man is being held in a North Carolina jail after police say he stole from Walmart, led officers on a 130 mph chase and drove back into South Carolina.Jon Paul Pearce, 42, of 409 N. Main St., is charged with careless and reckless driving; driving 130 mph in a 70-mph zone; driving 115 mph in a 45-mph work zone and felonious fleeing to elude arrest. He was also served with three warrants for larceny, according to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Clif...

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Bennettsville man hospitalized in fight

LAURINBURG, N.C. — A Bennettsville man was in critical condition following a fight last Thursday that resulted in a Laurinburg man’s arrest, according to police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., Laurinburg, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond.McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmer...

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State could cash in on tax-free sales surge

Some North Carolina shoppers will cross the state line to take advantage of this weekend’s state sales tax holiday.While South Carolina offers tax-free shopping the first weekend in August, its neighbor to the north canceled the annual tax-free weekend effective this year. Officials predict a surge in sales here as bargain-hunters look to save on sales tax for school supplies, clothing and electronics.“If North Carolina’s not going to do it, they will g...

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Cultural changes to curb child abuse

For several years now, I have written this same column — and I’m going to keep writing it until we as a state stop abusing our children.Because we do, in fact, abuse our children. And we have been doing it for a long time.Every year for the last 25 years, the Casey Foundation has issued its Kids Count Report, which assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states. Using an index of 16 indicators, the reports ranks states on overall child well-bei...

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Four face burglary charges

The following people were recently charged by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Amber Price, 24, of 204 W. Miller St., Jefferson, was charged with simple assault.• Tramella Rochelle Faulkner, 45, of 517-A W. Miller St., Jefferson, was charged with simple assault.• Matthew Travis Hancock, 37, of 136 Lowe Road, Cheraw, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and drug equipment violations.• William Jerry M...

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4 Connecticut residents charged with Cheraw thefts

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Bettina Gaskins, 33, of 37 Justin Lane, Apartment B1, Cheraw, was charged with driving under the influence.• Pamela Ann Steen, 25, of 49 Parker Lane, Ruby, was charged with shoplifting.• Xavier Issac, 18, homeless, was charged with trespassing.• Kianda McLannin, 20, of 407 Mill St., Chesterfield, was charged with shoplifting.• Eri...

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Assault suspect claims to be God

McBEE — Sheriff’s deputies say a man accused of domestic assault claimed to be God, Jesus Christ and the archangel Gabriel.Chesterfield County deputies arrested 30-year-old Larry Dean O’Neal of Tabernacle Church Road south of McBee on July 30 after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend.The woman called 911 and told a dispatcher she did not feel safe around O’Neal. Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Hughes interviewed the suspect and said the assault ...

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A fresh look at old Town Hall

Cheraw Town Hall, constructed in 1858, sits on the corner of Market and Second streets, exactly where it stood when Sherman’s soldiers descended upon the town in 1865, driving out local Confederate forces and setting up camp in various locations around town.The sketch seen on this page from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, published April 8, 1865, shows Town Hall in the background as Sherman’s 17th Army Corps made its mark here during the Civil War. An origin...

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Cheraw man dies in U.S. 1 moped crash

A 60-year-old Cheraw man died Saturday when he turned his moped in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers.The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.Jones said Watson’s truck hit the moped when the rider tried to turn left into a private drive. ...

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Cheraw Police Department

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Andropulus Chasino Miller, 25, of 100 Moffat Road, Cheraw, was charged with dissemination of obscene material.• Ruben Armando Arias, 22, of 149 Blueit Falls, Rockingham, N.C., was charged with giving false information to police.• Eugene Kyle Sanders, 21, of 124 Aslington St., Rockingham, N.C., was charged with shoplifting.• Donavan Darnell Johnson...

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Council hopes to de-annex Delta

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are “conducting several tests” at the old Delta plant in Wallace, Cheraw Town Administrator Mike Smith told members of Cheraw Town Council at Tuesday’s briefing meeting.And while the agents are here, “they have contracted with our police department for off-duty officers to watch their equipment during the night,” Smith said.The property, which was annexed into the town of Cheraw several years ag...

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Painting postpones talent show

Scheduled performances by Cheraw’s young musical and theatrical talents will have to wait — until the paint is dry and the drop cloths and dust are removed.Because the job of painting the Theatre on the Green is not yet complete, the youth talent show, Got Talent?, originally scheduled for tonight, July 24, has been postponed.Cheraw Arts Commission Executive Director Lindsay Bennett, organizer for the event, said a new date for the talent show has not been sl...

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Shots fired, 1 arrested in standoff

Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies fired at least six shots in a July 12 standoff near a Pageland home, according to recently released incident reports.When the standoff near 14 Smith Lane was all over, 32-year-old Harold Terry Chambers of 83 Central Place Lane, Pageland, was arrested on a charge of public drunkenness.According to the incident report filed by Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry T. Tucker, deputies were called to the scene because t...

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Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

The following people were recently charged by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Sherri Renee Little, 31, of 26337 S.C. 9, Pageland, was charged with disorderly conduct.• Edward Bayden Marze, 22, of 996 South Arrant St., Apartment 4B, Pageland, was charged with child abuse.• Kevin Chapman, 36, of 106 Burchwood Circle, Cheraw, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.• Angela ...

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New security measures

Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleA new glass security window has been installed at the front desk of Town Hall where payments for water bills are received. Cheraw Town Clerk Tina Ellis said this safety measure gives her and her staff a “level of comfort” they are enjoying.

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A state motto worth memorizing

South Carolina’s motto, “While I breathe, I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement any one can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic.I’m sure most people don’t pay attention to such things, or even know what our state motto is, but “While I breathe, I hope” gives great solace to me. I am an optimist by nature and when it comes to the future and fortunes of my beloved native state, I sometimes vaci...

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