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Council discusses plans for park, median

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A local engineer has volunteered to help with the master plan for Riverside Park, town council members learned at a briefing meeting Tuesday evening.Steve Howiler is offering to assist the town in preparing a development plan, including preliminary engineering work, drafting plans, assisting in the preparation of narrative documents and assisting in grant applications.“I’ve always wanted to see something done down there,” he said. “It’d really be awesome to bike from there to Arrowhead (Park.)”Mayor Andy Ingram said the Cheraw Town Council has talked about wanting to see more down in that area, including extending the picnic shelter and adding bath facilities.


Local-first revolution shows the way

One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Since it came out, I’ve probably watched it 20 times.After Butch and the Kid robbed his Union Pacific Railway trains one time too many, the railroad owner, E.H. Harriman, hired famed lawman Joe LeFors and an Indian tracker named Lord Baltimore to recruit a posse and pursue our heroes. Their pledge was to go anywhere and do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to catch Butch ...

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How to contact the Chronicle

The Cheraw Chronicle office at 114 Front St. will be open by appointment only as the newspaper works to fill vacancies in the newsroom and customer service department.The suspension of 9 a.m.-2 p.m. weekday business hours is temporary. The Chronicle is asking its valued customers for patience and understanding as it works to return to regular schedule.For circulation, including newspaper subscriptions, missed deliveries and ordering back issues, contact Cherie Jackson at...

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Photo contest offers jazz fest tickets

COLUMBIA — Winners of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s LiveLifeBlue photo contest this month will receive VIP passes to the 2014 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw.LiveLifeBlue is a Facebook-based photo competition focusing on a different healthy activity each month. The theme for August is “Your Best Dance Moves.” The winner will be selected at the end of August, and a new theme will be announced for September. The South Carolina Jazz Festival (...

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College names summer scholars

The faculty and staff of Northeastern Technical College honors students for their outstanding academic achievement during the 2014 summer semester. Students are named to the president’s list in recognition of a grade-point average of 4.0. Students placed on the dean’s list are recognized for earning a GPA of 3.5.PRESIDENT’S LISTBennettsvilleDerendia B. AllisonHunter T. CrowleyApril D. McDaniel...

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Hicks earns master’s degree

CONWAY — Justin Hicks of McBee recently graduated with a master of arts in education. Hicks was among 305 candidates for graduation at Coastal Carolina University’s summer 2014 commencement ceremonies.Dr. Arne Flaten, professor of art history and chair of CCU’s Department of Visual Arts, was the commencement speaker.Flaten was the HTC distinguished teacher-scholar lecturer at Coastal Carolina University in 2013, and in 2014 was elected to the European Academy of S...

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Northeastern Tech upgrades lighting

Northeastern Technical College is looking brighter these days — and nights — with the installation of new light-emitting diode lights throughout the Cheraw campus.The energy- and cost-saving project was made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded by the South Carolina Energy Office, allowing Northeastern Tech to retrofit 1o flood lights and 16 pole lights with LEDs.The new lighting will bring significant long-term energy and cost savings to the college and also p...

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College launches smartphone app

Northeastern Technical College is now “mobile” with the recent launch of a free mobile app, called NETC Mobile. Students, faculty, staff, and anyone interested in learning more about the college, will now have on-the-go access to college news and events.“NETC is excited to offer new ways for people in our community to know about the many opportunities and activities at our college,” college President Dr. Ron Bartley said in a statement. “We hope that m...

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Hospice seeks new volunteers

To meet the growing demands of the hospice program and services at Springhill Assisted Living, Hospice of Chesterfield County will conduct a volunteer training program beginning Friday, Sept. 12.Volunteers are needed throughout Chesterfield, Marlboro and Lancaster counties.Volunteers perform a variety of tasks to help individuals and their families, depending on particular needs. Common tasks include yard work and minor repairs for hospice patients at home; reading to an...

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10 graduate nursing assistant program

The nursing assistant program at Northeastern Technical College recently graduated 10 students. The program consists of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised clinical training and is offered by the college’s division of continuing education.Nursing assistant graduates include Latia Cash of Pageland, Evelyn Chambers of Pageland, Shatisha Edwards of Chesterfield, De’Vashia K.M. Gibson of Wallace, Trulove Gilchrist of Bennettsville, April Graham of W...

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Coordinating Council seeks best, worst photos

The Chesterfield County Coordinating Council Health Subcommittee is asking for residents’ help to identify concerns in local communities and find ways to address them.CCCC members are asking residents throughout the county to send photos of Chesterfield County’s best and worst scenes or scenarios. This collection of photos will be a part of an assessment about health, quality of life, concerns and other issues in Chesterfield County.The photos can emailed to ...

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Punt, Pass, Kick contest is Thursday

The Cheraw Recreation and Leisure Services Department will once again sponsor a local NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass, & Kick competition at Arrowhead Park. The contest will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 on the football field at Arrowhead Park.The competition is free and it is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Anyone is interested in participating can sign up at the Cheraw Community Center from from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday or at the competition.The Pepsi Punt, Pass & ...

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2 face domestic violence charges

The following people were recently charged by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Raymond Gene Griffin Jr., 44, of 167 Airport Road, Apartment 7, Pageland, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.• Jennifer Joye Keith, 35, of 112 Main Street, Society Hill, was charged with assault and battery.• Billy Wayne Gregory, 37, of 101 Willie Lear Road, Chesterfield, was charged with possession of methamphetamines.R...

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CHS band plans community trunk sale

The Tribe, Cheraw High School’s marching band, will host a community Junk in the Trunk Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 in the high school’s student parking lot.Area residents are invited to clean out their attics, closets and drawers and fill their car trunks with sale items. Sellers will keep the money from the items they sell and proceeds from parking space fees will benefit the band.The cost to participate is $20 per car or truck per space and $30 for tw...

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Exploring the Pee Dee by boat

For some reason or other, I’ve always loved being around water. Why, when I retired, I held a state water and wastewater license.My first recollection of liking water was when I was 5 years old. Every evening, I would follow my grandma down in the cow pasture to head the cows up to the barn for milking. I’d carry a short cane pole and a worm or two and fish in the spring while Ma was getting in the cows. She’d always come by the spring and say, “Boy, you cau...

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Football season kicks off

Students, families and fans gathered at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store parking lot Aug. 21 to kick off the high school football season in Chesterfield County.The Big Thursday Tailgate festival, held the night before the opening game between the Cheraw Braves and the Chesterfield Rams, featured cook-offs, dances, a cornhole tournament, kids’ games and plenty of team spirit.Braves and Rams players attended the tailgate party along with their coaches and cheerleade...

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FOIA failures

The pulpit is calling. It’s time to do a little preaching.The subject isn’t fresh. The spin is different. The old sermon is about FOI. The new message is about FYI.For your information, FOI stands for Freedom of Information. Hopefully, that is not new information.For your information, FOI is information for you.You thought it was for journalists? You thought wrong. FOI and FYI should be blended into something that you need to grasp: free...

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Assault leads to 3 Taser stuns

A hammer-wielding woman was stunned with a Taser three times after advancing on a Chesterfield County deputy and dousing her with hair gel, according to a sheriff’s office report.Stacey Michelle Tarliton, 42, of Saddlebrook Road near Cheraw, is accused of scratching and clawing Deputy Lynsee Caulder with her fingernails while Caulder attempted to restrain the suspect at her home Aug. 15.Caulder was dispatched to the house to investigate a domestic dispute between T...

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