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Officials stress Halloween safety

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There is more than just ghouls and goblins to fear this Halloween season; there are also car crashes, fires and other misfortunes of which to be wary.Chesterfield County first responders are urging families to trick-or-treat safely and provided the following tips that residents can use to keep themselves and their families safe on Halloween.FOLLOW THE LIGHTSCaptain Daniel Scott of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office advises parents to be with their children as much as possible during trick-or-treating and stay in well-lit areas.“Only go to residences where the lights are on.” Scott said.


Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Early detection key in breast cancer battle

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Combined with aggressive treatment, early detection can save lives. As pink ribbons and T-shirts flood Chesterfield County during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local health care providers are encouraging women to learn how to detect the disease through self-exams.“Most women detect their own breast cancer,” said Jackie...

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Kenny Rogers to film concert TV special in Florence

FLORENCE — Grammy-winning superstar Kenny Rogers will film his acclaimed “Christmas & Hits Through The Years” concert for television at the Florence Civic Center on Dec. 2 as part of the arena’s new Standing Room Only entertainment series. Tickets went on sale Oct. 20 at the Civic Center Box Office, via and by phone at 800 745-3000.The Country Music Hall of Famer creates a unique evening of song and story with this double-barreled show, whic...

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Police arrest 4 on drug charges

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Mathew Melton Cetnar, 19, 156 Chatham Trace Road, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, Oct. 14.• Ryan Barrett Futch, 33, 3122 Sam Jones Road, Patrick, possession of a controlled substance, Oct. 14• Michael Heath, 58, 412 Third St. disorderly conduct, Oct. 14.• Tyler Ryan Parker, 9 Moore St., possession of a contr...

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2 arrested on domestic violence charges

These people were recently charged by members of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Dan Ross Turnage, 27, 252 Nivens Road, Patrick, shoplifting, Oct. 6.• Daniel David White, 44, 208 Carley Cirlce, Jefferson, criminal domestic violence, Oct. 7.• Jennifer White, 35, 208 Carley Cirlce, Jefferson, criminal domestic violence, Oct. 7.• Heather Nicole Short, 31, 302 Guess Road, nonviolent family offenses, Oct. 9....

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Pet of the Week: Jake

Contributed photoJake, a “goober hound,” is the Chesterfield County Animal Service’s Pet of the Week. Officials say Jake doesn’t like cats, but is good with other dogs. Jake is very people-friendly and loves to go for rides. For more information, or to adopt Jake, contact the Chesterfield County Animal Service by calling 843-623-35485.Contributed photo.

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Watson seeks probate judge seat

Ralph Watson has announced his candidacy for probate judge of Chesterfield County.Watson has been married to Karen Atkinson Watson for 35 years. Karen has worked as a pharmacist for Chesterfield Drug Company for 37 years and is currently the managing pharmacist.The Watsons have two children; Candice Watson Godfrey and Derek Watson. Candice is a third-grade teacher at Cheraw Intermediate School and is married to Jared Godfrey. Derek is currently working with Classic Build...

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Youth soccer registration now open

Registration for Upward soccer for grades K5-6 and hard-pitch soccer for grades 7-8 is now open at Cheraw First Baptist through Dec. 1.To register for Upward soccer, registration forms are available at the church office, located at 126 Greene St., Monday-Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To register for hard-pitch, call the church office at 843 537-3863.For the Upward soccer program, a unique drafting system is in place to create balanced teams, and all participants...

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Welding classes set to begin next month

Northeastern Technical College’s division of continuing education is now taking applications for students interested in entering its daytime welding program, which begins in November.The program provides students with the training needed to obtain five levels of welding certification, including basic and advanced ARC, basic and advanced TIG and basic MIG.This continuing education welding program is offered as non-college credit and runs for a shorter period of time...

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Delta Sigma Theta chapter under new leadership

The Bennettsville-Cheraw Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. began its 2014-15 chapter year with the installation of new officers.Newly elected officers are: (seated left to right) La’Shawn R. Palmer-chapter president, Braber Spell-first vice president , Valerie Moore, second vice president, Margaret Quick-treasurer, (standing left-right) Lynn C. Henry-sergeant-at-arms, Eunice Thomas Ray-assistant financial secretary , Latasha Pegues-corresponding secretary, Sh...

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United Way board approves $41K allocation

The Board of Directors of United Way of Chesterfield County recently approved the 2014 allocation of $41,237, which is almost double the nonprofit group’s 2013 amount.Local agencies whose focus is in the area of health and safety and youth development submitted applications for the allocation. Nineteen local agencies submitted successful applications and will be receiving half of their allocation in October.The second half will be awarded in May 2015 if all pledges...

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Cheraw native earns Mars Hill alumni honor

MARS HILL, N.C. — Mars Hill University has named Ann Brookshire Sherer ‘62 of Lincoln, Nebraska, and T. Michael Kelly ‘82 of Cincinnati, Ohio, as the 2014 alumni of the year. Sherer and Kelly were honored and presented with plaques and gifts from Mars Hill University at a dinner in their honor, during MHU’s recent homecoming festivities on Oct. 11.Kelly, a native of Cheraw, graduated from Mars Hill College in 1982 with a degree in business administration and...

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Darlington author releases children’s book

DARLINGTON — This week marks the nationwide release of “Kitzoo?! Kitzoo?! Where are you?,” a cat-loving new book by author Christy Mumma.“Kitzoo?! Kitzoo?! Where are you?” is a story of the author’s own experience as a cat owner. This book is meant to be a children’s story, but adults can learn from it too. What motivated the author to write this book is the need for human understanding regarding feline lives.She wants to convey ...

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3 guardians ad litem sworn in

Margie Jewell, Dottie Campbell and Jennifer Johnston were sworn in at family court to serve as volunteer guardians ad litem. Volunteers with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in family court.If you would like more information about becoming a guardian ad litem, contact Jennifer Burch at 843 623-5630.

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Francis Marion U. receives $1M gift

FLORENCE — The late Margaret McLamb Grimsby of Florence never attended Francis Marion University, but the affection she felt for her local university, and for higher education in general, will affect generations of FMU students thanks to a recent gift to the FMU Foundation.The Margaret McLamb Grimsby Trust recently made a $1,022,039.67 gift to the university. It will go toward establishing the Margaret McLamb Grimsby and Eva Bradford Endowed Chair in Industrial Engineering an...

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Organizers tout state fair successes

COLUMBIA — Nothing was going to stop the 145th edition of the South Carolina State Fair from taking a place of honor in the history books.The first-ever Pink Fair set new attendance records for opening day (41,022), second Thursday (52,414) and closing day (45,936) and welcomed an impressive 473,359 fairgoers during its 12-days of Find Your Happy fun – the second-Largest attendance in the fair’s history.In spite of a rainy first Sunday, sever weather th...

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Jazz Fest draws crowds to Cheraw

Music took hold of the streets of Cheraw this weekend as the town celebrated its annual South Carolina Jazz Festival.Musicians, fans and artisans attended the 2014 festival, which was headlined by the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and James Tormé, son of the legendary singer-songwriter Mel Tormé.“The festival as a whole was a success,” said organizer Jay Bennett with the town of Cheraw’s Recreation and Leisure Services Department. “We had fu...

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