Karen Kissiah | Cheraw Chronicle
The summer solstice is upon us, as this week gives us the longest days of the year. Solstice is the combination of two words, derived from Latin; sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). As the sun rises over the Great Pee Dee River this week it will reach its farthest point North of the equator, before beginning the slow descent to shorter, cooler days. For the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice began this year on June 20, at 7:09 p.m.