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About The Cheraw Chronicle

Chesterfield County is in the northeast section of South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. The town of Chesterfield is the county seat, with the towns of Cheraw, Pageland and McBee anchoring the county to the east, west and south, respectively. The towns of Jefferson, Mount Croghan, Patrick and Ruby also are within the county’s boundaries.

Chesterfield County has a strong and diversified industrial base. Produced in the county are steel wire, bearings, air bags, water pumps, lumber and tools, which complement the textile industry that has served the community for so long. Agriculture is still an important part of the county, as McBee is known as one of the largest peach-producing areas in South Carolina. A large state forest and national forest dominate the south-central areas of the county.

A community with deep roots in history, evidence of the Civil War and the American Revolution can be experienced in Chesterfield County. Cheraw is the home of the famous jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie.

Festivals in Chesterfield County include Cheraw’s Spring Festival, in the fall Chesterfield’s Olde Towne Festival and the Ruby Jubilee, and in the summer Patrick’s Pine Straw Festival and Pageland’s Watermelon Festival.


For more than 125 years, The Cheraw Chronicle and The Chesterfield Advertiser has served the people of Chesterfield County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community’s appetite for goods and services through advertising of local merchants. The Cheraw Chronicle traces its heritage back to 1887, but some of its most important days were in the 1950s and ’60s when the Editor/Publisher Andrew McDowd Secrest was an outspoken opponent of segregation and courageous advocate of integration.

“While everyone seemed to be all for a free press,” Secrest writes,“ when their particular ox was gored, they then, of course, wanted to shoot the messenger. I was, literally and figuratively, shot at.”

“I operated the Chronicle as a throw-back to the 19th century penny press: personal, partisan, combative, sometimes subjective…”

In his book, he lays out a number of “journalistic commandments” and principles he was guided by.

For 15 years, the Chronicle under Secrest’s leadership stood for both racial justice and law and order, firmly against demagogic leaders trying to whip up racial tension and animosity. While Strom Thurmond and his supporters were attempting to outlaw the NAACP, infringe upon academic freedom, shut down schools, parks, and public accommodations and facilities in an effort to avoid integration, Secrest editorially spoke out strongly against such regressive and reactionary actions.

The paper went through a series of owners in the ’70s and ’80s until it was purchased by Community Newspapers, Inc.

The paper was purchased by Heartland Publications on Sept. 1, 2006. Heartland later merged with two other media companies to form Civitas Media, which publishes more than 100 community newspapers in 11 states.


Our goal of giving readers a balanced and fair account of what goes on in this community and elsewhere in the world will never change, while the means through which we deliver your community news and information has expanded rapidly. Today, our community members can take their news in print every Thursday, online and using their mobile devices anytime.

The Cheraw Chronicle maintains an active presence on social media, reporting the news as it happens online and sharing those stories on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1Sqsrj9 ) and Twitter (@CherawChronicle.)


The Cheraw Chronicle seeks to provide the news the community needs, reported faithfully and fully, with respect for all and favor to none. We strive to be authoritative and insightful, to inform and to delight.

To accomplish this mission, we set for ourselves the following goals:

– To be the indispensable, timely source of information and community coverage, examining all subjects that affect readers.

– To provide community members with information relevant to their daily lives.

– To raise issues aggressively and constructively in matters of public interest.

– To reflect the diversity of our community’s people.

– To ensure that the right information reaches the right audience, at the time they want it using the wide variety of formats available to us.


The Cheraw Chronicle is dedicated to providing the best community news and advertising resources in Chesterfield County, South Carolina and the surrounding areas.

The business is constantly growing and adapting to the newest technologies in the industry.  But, even as we’ve grown and evolved over the past 126 years, our primary focus has remained the same…. COMMUNITY!

The quality of our news and editorial content is very important to us. We take our responsibility to keep readers informed and connected to the community seriously, so we encourage and welcome editorial contributions.

Our goal is always to support and help build a stronger community – in news, promotions and advertising. We want you to be a part of the process and encourage all feedback and comments that will help us serve you better.

Our news and information products have our name on it, however we want you to think of it as yours, too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you.

Contact Information
Phone: 843-537-5261
General inquiries: Natalie Walker | nataliewalker@civitasmedia.com
News: Maria D. Grandy | mgrandy@civitasmedia.com
Advertising: Josh Bowers | jbowers@civitasmedia.com


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