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Band of Oz plays tonight

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Contributed photoThe town of Cheraw’s summer concert series, Third Thursdays, presents the Band of Oz tonight, July 17, at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe St. Guests are invited to bring their coolers and lounge chairs from 7-9 p.m. to enjoy the music and the dance floor. This event is for adults 21 and up. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 843-537-8421.


Animal shelter back to square one

Plans for the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter are going back to the drawing board once again.Last year, the county council purchased property at the corner of S.C. 9 and Hillian-Edwards Road for $125,000 with the intention of renovating the two existing buildings into a proper animal shelter. Residents in the surrounding neighborhood complained about potential noise and other problems that would arise with the placement of a shelter in their backyard, and council members listene...

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Sales tax proposal inches closer

Chesterfield County Council members remain divided in the quest to let voters decide whether to approve a 1-cent increase in county sales tax.Two readings of the ordinance that will place the Capital Projects Sales Tax on the November ballot have passed on a 5-4 vote. The third reading, scheduled for Aug. 6, is necessary to keep things moving in that direction.Council members were informed last year it would cost up to $75,000 to have the question printed on the ballot, ...

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Two new chiefs in town

New leaders are at the helm of Cheraw’s police and fire departments. Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram last week swore in Keith Thomas as chief of police and Marvin Murray as fire chief.Both men are native to the community, and have been members of their respective departments for more than 20 years.“I’m happy for both of them and their families,” said Ingram.“They have each advanced within their department, taking advantage of opportuniti...

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Peeling back time

The 80-year-old structure at Cheraw State Park known as the House on the Hill is showing its age.Efforts to restore the building have taken the structure down to the bare bones — boards, rather — and revealed that many of them were nearly soft as cotton.Although the renovation effort, estimated to cost $250,000, got off to a good start, “we are still in need of contributions,” Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram said this week. “Anyone who has not yet ...

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Repaving snarls traffic

The South Carolina Department of Transportation paving project now under way along U.S. 52, north of Cheraw toward Wadesboro, N.C., will extend out of town as far as Four Mile Branch, Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram said.“This is a project we have really, really, been pushing since I’ve returned as mayor,” said Ingram. “We are very pleased to see this progress.”The intersection of U.S. 52 and State Road recently saw the completion of a new bridge. ...

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Childhood memories in the chinaberry shade

I’ve heard Mac (Wallace to his family) talk about his grandfather’s chinaberry trees, or umbrella trees to clarify it (apparently there are two types) forever. He talks about how the temperature beneath the chinaberry seems to be a good 15 degrees cooler, something you discover as soon as you walk beneath the shade.He remembers everyone sitting around under the trees talking — the old men, anyway, the boys were too full of fireflies to sit still and talk or stand ...

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Northeastern Tech offering online courses

Northeastern Technical College’s continuing education department has a program enabling students to develop job skills through online courses and career-training programs.Comprehensive six-week online courses start monthly, and students can work anytime and anywhere. Each course includes comprehensive lessons, quizzes and a discussion area. Instructors facilitate every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.

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13 graduate nursing assistant program

Thirteen students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College’s nursing assistant program. 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 Ariel Alford of Clio, Crystal Banks of Cheraw, Mynesha Brown of Cheraw, Hilda Marie Cogland of Chesterfield, Lena Clyburn of Pageland, Amy Dragoo of Wallace, Tanya Nola...

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Cheraw Police Department

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Elizabeth Biscarrondo, 26, of Gilby St., Apex, N.C., was charged with not having a South Carolina driver’s license.• Clifford Davis Liles, 37, of 74 Brama Lane, Cheraw, was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery third-degree.• Derrick Donte Isaac, 28, of 39 Powe Lane, Cheraw, was charged with assault and battery second-degree.R...

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Rosa Mae Craft

CHERAW, S.C. — Rosa Mae Craft, 90, died Friday, July 4, 2014.Born in Cheraw, she was a daughter of the late John C. and Rosa Mae Tyson Matheson. She was the widow of Robert L. Craft. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Cheraw, and taught Sunday school for 50-plus years. She enjoyed working in her flowers; she considered it therapy for her. Most of all, she loved her family and had a servant’s heart.Surviving her are her daughters, Mary C. (Clyde) Baker ...

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Datebook DeadlineSend us your event listing no later than noon the Monday prior to publication (Thursday) and we will list your event in the newspaper. There is no charge for most event listings. To list your event, call 843-537-5261, or send an email to EXPLOSIONWHEN: July 19, 1 p.m.WHERE: St. James Free Will Holiness ChurchWHAT: The church will b...

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“Moving In”

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Remember When

The Craig Park Walking Trail project in downtown Chesterfield was nearing completion in September 1998. Workers are seen mounting a sign over the trail’s incomplete entrance on Main Street, featuring a design scheme which will be repeated on other signs around town. This photo was published Sept. 24, 1998, in The Cheraw Chronicle and Chesterfield Advertiser.

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OUR VIEW Changes in store for your Cheraw Chronicle

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page.The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people’s lives. It’s equal parts art and science — a skill we’re sharpening here at The Cheraw Chronicle this month.The Chronicle is joining its siste...

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Chamber to host Camp Sandhills luncheon

PATRICK — The Greater Cheraw Chamber of Commerce is taking its Lunch and Learn series “on the road,” traveling to AMI Kids, Camp Sandhills.Luch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 23. Organizers suggest participants come a little early to allow for extra time.Joshua Brown, director of Camp Sandhills, has invited everyone to have lunch, take a tour of the facilities and view a presentation featuring Camp Sandhills attendees.The event ...

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3 named to USC Upstate dean’s list

SPARTANBURG — Three local students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of South Carolina Upstate.They are Paseo Douglas of Chesterfield, Marissa Johnson of Cheraw and Roger Michael of Cheraw.To be eligible for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.USC Upstate...

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YMCA offers fall sports signups

The Chesterfield YMCA is offering registration for fall sports from July 23 until Aug. 23. Various programs are available for children ages 5 to 12.The sports programs offered this year include contact football for ages 8 to 12; flag football for ages 6 to 8, cheerleading for ages 6 - 12, and soccer for ages 5 - 12.Parents will need a copy of their children’s birth certificate to sign them up at the front desk of the Chesterfield YMCA at 344 Chesterfield Highway....

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