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2 charged in Walmart meth bust

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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 bought a box of pills from the pharmacy, left the store and returned about five minutes later, White said. After wandering the aisles, he turned up in the store’s outdoors section and selected a bottle of Coleman camp fuel.


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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Church plans family, friends weekend

George Waldo Long Memorial Presbyterian Church is celebrating its annual Family and Friends Weekend on Sept. 27-28.At noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, the church will present the play “Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years,” a dramatic presentation by Hayes-Oden Productions of Charlotte, and a hat tea cotillion luncheon.A worship service is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 28 with the Rev. Artemius Woods as guest speaker. Dinner will be served after ...

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Cheraw church plans women’s conference

Faith and Healing Christian Center Full Gospel Ministries of 127 Ivy Lane, Cheraw, is inviting the public to attend its 22nd Women’s Conference and Revival.The conference is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The theme is “Women of destiny impregnated with power.”Speakers will be Minister Betty Marsh, first lady of Nicey Grove Baptist Church in Monroe, North Carolina, and Elder Ora Bailey, associate minister of Fisher ...

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Coulter Memorial class of 1955 holds reunion

Eleven classmates from Coulter Memorial Academy’s class of 1955 — the last graduating class — gathered in reunion with family members and friends on May 25 to mark their 59th anniversary.They began the reunion by attending a worship service at Mount Hebron AME Zion Church on Jersey Street in Cheraw, where the Rev. Barbara Benjamin is pastor. Afterward, they gathered for the reunion dinner at the home of Carnell Swift, where they renewed old friendships, reminisced...

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College offering fall ‘minimester’ courses

New, returning or current Northeastern Technical College students have another opportunity to earn college credit before spring semester with the upcoming fall mini-semester, which begins Sept. 22.The “minimester” is a 10-week shortened term that offers online courses and day and evening classes at Northeastern Tech campuses in Cheraw, Bennettsville and Dillon.

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State park, hatchery plan youth fishing rodeo

State officials are inviting Chesterfield County residents to take their kids fishing and get free canoe and kayak paddling lessons this weekend.The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Parks of Recreation and Tourism have teamed up to host a free outdoor family event on Sept. 13 in the Cheraw area. Youth ages 6-15 are encouraged to sign up for a fishing rodeo at the DNR’s Cheraw Fish Hatchery and a paddling clinic at the Cheraw State Park.

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Little red piano sparks lifelong music ministry

Chesterfield County resident Gladys Premo recalls fond memories as a young girl when her parents gave her a little red piano on her fifth birthday. This marked the beginning of a lifelong journey fueled by her love for music and teaching others.

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McColl man walks away from truck crash

HAMLET, N.C. — A Marlboro County man flipped his truck last Friday and escaped with minor injuries.Russell Dotson, 59, of McColl, said he was on his way to work driving northbound on N.C. 381 when his right passenger-side tire blew out about three miles south of Hamlet around 12:25 p.m.“I didn’t even try to correct it,” he said, recalling when his 1984 Ford pickup pulled to one side. “I just let it do what it was gonna do.”T...

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Anson crossing state line to take on Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Rams and Anson Bearcats will face off on the gridiron for the inaugural Battle for the Border trophy this Friday.The trophy is being presented by nonprofit hospices serving the two counties, Anson Community Hospice in North Carolina and Hospice of Chesterfield County in South Carolina.“This is a very exciting opportunity. Not only to be representing North Carolina, but a great organization in hospice,” Anson Athletic Director Terry Mabry said...

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Hey, S.C. — take it easy on my transmission

Last weekend, I drove up to Carthage, North Carolina, to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.I’ve driven on bad roads before. I’ve driven in the American northeast, where melted snow seeps into the pavement and cracks it all winter long. I’ve driven in the Scottish Highlands, where many of the roads can’t really be called roads at all.

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Gun club to hold state championship matches

PATRICK — Marksmen will put their skills to the test this weekend and next month as the Black Creek Gun Club hosts two International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association championship matches.The IHMSA small-bore and fifth-scale state championship matches are planned this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. The association’s big-bore state championship match is scheduled on Oct. 11-12. Both events are free to attend as a spectator.

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Thoughts on gators, politicians and oil

As I write these words, I’m sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I’m surrounded by nothing but God’s creations and natural beauty.Rimming the pond are majestic, centuries-old oaks dripping Spanish moss and towering above the palmetto trees. Snowy egrets and blue herons wade in the shallow water with a magnificent bright blue sky and white fluffy clouds above. There is even an old, sly-looking alligator b...

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