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Tractor-trailer flips on U.S. 1

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — A tractor-trailer hauling recycled materials flipped onto its side Monday evening on U.S. 1 South, blocking traffic in both directions near the South Carolina state line.Robert Rice, and independent trucker from Florence, South Carolina, said he was uninjured in the wreck and signed a waiver declining to be taken to a hospital. He said he was lucky to be up walking around as he pressed the call button on his iPhone.“I’m trying to call my family right now,” Rice said. “Sometimes I get a signal out here, and sometimes I don’t.”Rice said he’s been driving for 16 or 17 years, and instructors don’t train you for this kind of thing in truck driving school.


The politics of spite in S.C.

Let’s get this out of the way at the top: I’m a Democrat and, as such, I hope that Democrats win elections and Republicans lose — locally, in South Carolina and nationally.So, of course, everything in this column needs to be filtered through that lens.Having said that, I believe that the basic thesis of this column is correct: Two South Carolina Republican candidates and their supporters are behaving spitefully and maybe, just maybe, they could be in th...

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Former councilman quizzes town board

Former Cheraw Town Councilman Mickey Workman took advantage of the public comment session at last Tuesday’s meeting of council to ask a couple of questions.“Why do some residents get letters from the town about vacant lots that need clearing, and others do not?”he said.According to Workman, “there seems to be a selective group that doesn’t get letters.”Workman said there is an entire building that is covered by overgrown tre...

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Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

The following people were recently charged by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office:• Thomas Edward Wallace Jr., 60, of 136 Lowe St., Cheraw, was charged with misuse of 911 and assault and battery third degree.• Ronney Lynn Melton, 55, of 1019 Kirkley Road, Jefferson, was charged with simple assault/criminal domestic violence.• Cary Lamon Evans, 36, of 422 Windmill Road, Chesterfield, was charged with possession with intent to distri...

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Cheraw Police Department

These people were recently charged by members of the Cheraw Police Department:• Robin Hall Manes, 40, of 14935 S.C. 102, Patrick, was charged with shoplifting.• Evan James Wingate, 19, homeless, Cheraw, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.• Jamarus Devon Blanchard, 18, of 605 1/2 McLeod St., Bennettsville, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, po...

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Embers to play for Third Thursday

The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard, will perform for the last of the Third Thursdays summer concert series sponsored by the town of Cheraw. The event invites those 21 and older to enjoy the sounds of summer beach music from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe St.The Embers are widely considered to have laid the groundwork for what has become known as beach musicin the Carolinas, Virginias, the Gulf Coast region of North America and ever...

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Educators learn about energy sources

PINOPOLIS — This summer, Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in energy-industry fields to three Chesterfield County educators, as part of the 29th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center.“I was surprised at the shared vision and positive outlook and attitude of everyone, including presenters, participants and Santee Cooper staff,” said Laura Folger, a second through sixth grade language arts and mathematics teacher for speci...

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Law enforcement on the lookout for impaired drivers

State troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police here and throughout South Carolina are cracking down on drunken drivers in an effort to prevent and reduce fatal crashes.The annual Sober or Slammer impaired driving crackdown began Aug. 15 and runs through the end of Labor Day. The campaign includes high-visibility enforcement and public education efforts aimed at curbing collisions and fatalities as summer wraps up. Since Memorial Day, 141 people have died on South Carolina road...

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Disability benefits require severe need

Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That’s not the case. There are two ways to understand the truth about disability. One is by looking at the facts. The other is by getting to know some of the people who make up the many faces of disability.

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Right-to-work status not as solid as you think

Is South Carolina really a “right-to-work state”? Of course it is, right?Well, hold on. By the common legal definition, yes – South Carolina is a right-to-work state: its residents can’t be forced to join a union. That’s a good thing, too. It means workers enjoy the freedom of joining or not joining unions; it means they can’t be turned down for a job because of membership or non-membership in a union; and it means businesses are more likely to i...

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Town sells house for $25

The Cheraw Town Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2015-02 Tuesday evening authorizing the sale of a house and property at 101 White Row in Cheraw for $25.According to the ordinance,the council agreed it was in residents’ best interest to transfer the town’s interest, title and ownership of the real property to the highest bidder, Corina Esaw.Esaw bid $25 for the property Aug. 6, at a public bid conducted by the town of Cheraw.The house sits at...

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Night Out funding sparks debate

A request for Cheraw Town Council’s financial support of the National Night Out event scheduled for Oct. 7, prompted more conversation than any other subject at Tuesday’s regular meeting.Council member Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon, who is working with Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas to organize the event, said they are hoping to make this year’s event “bigger and better” than previous years. Ellerbe-Shannon told council members last week she hoped to ge...

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Officers now equipped with cameras

The nine body cameras former Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks ordered this spring have arrived, and three of them are already in use.“We started with three Monday, and will have all nine in use by the end of the week,” said Police Chief Keith Thomas. “We’re checking everything out with these three first.”Thomas explained that while the cameras simply attach to a pair of eyeglasses, or to the officer’s lapel, wearing them effectively is n...

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Sales tax hike a rotten idea

To the editor:A few years ago, the Chesterfield County Council along with the towns of Cheraw and Chesterfield decided that we should build a spec building to attract business to the county. That building still stands empty and cost the taxpayers a great deal of money. Now, the county council has spent another $75,000 to enact a plan to extract even more of our hard-earned dollars in the form of a 1 percent sales tax increase. Never mind that this will make ours th...

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Christmas card winners announced

Hospice of Chesterfield County and Team Chesterfield’s Art Commission recently co-sponsored a Christmas card contest. The winning cards will be reproduced as Christmas cards for Hospice of Chesterfield County and all entries will be on display in the Chesterfield Visitors Center during the Chesterfield Christmas Open House.The first-place winner in each age division received $50, second place received $25, and third place received $15.Landon Pope of Edwards Element...

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5K to raise money for Long Middle sports

The Long Middle School athletics department is sponsoring a 5K run and walk Sept. 13 to raise money for the school’s sports programs.The event is being called the Warriors Challenge. Participation is open to students for $10, and to adults for $25.Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors in various age groups. Students are encouraged to wear school colors.Participants may register early through Long Middle School by calling 843-921-1...

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On Stage holds auditions

On Stage Theatre Group has announced auditions for “Take a Number, Darling” by Jack Sharkey, which is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.Auditions will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Theatre on the Green, just off Market Street in Cheraw. Those auditioning will be reading from the script.The play is a comedy with three male roles, and three female roles from young adult to middle-aged adult. The ability to play piano for one ...

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