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July 19, 2017

Man discovered near Patrick identified

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks has confirmed the man who was discovered near Patrick this morning is 23-year-old Rashaad Jackson of Hartsville. He was shot multiple times and was on the shoulder of Fire Tower Road.


July 19, 2017


SLED on scene near Patrick

The State Law Enforcement Division is on scene now where a body was found on Fire Tower Road earlier today. 

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they are made available.


July 19, 2017

Body found near Patrick

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks has confirmed the body of a man was found about 11 a.m. this morning on a dirt road in the Patrick area.

Brooks said the body is male and was found by a passer-by on the shoulder on Fire Tower Road.

The Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are waiting for the State Law Enforcement Division to come to the scene.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full article in the July 26 issue of The Link.


July 18, 2017

Suspects extradited to Cheraw

Two suspects, 21-year-old Shareef Ali Kelly and 18-year-old Deandre Malaike Byrd, who were wanted in regard to a shooting in the area of the

Alco store located on the corner of Market and Marion streets in Cheraw on July 4, have been extradited from Rockingham, N.C., to Cheraw, according to Sgt. James Henderson of the Cheraw Police Department. At the bond hearing, bond was set at $100,000 each. They remain in jail at this time.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.



July 18, 2017

Coroner asks help in locating family

The Chesterfield County Coroner’s Office is asking the public’s held in identifying the family of Christine Van Norman, whose body was found July 11. Anyone with information is asked to call (843) 623-9395 or e-mail weissmp@chesterfieldcoroner.org. Information may be given anonymously. The Coroner’s office is seeking family information only.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the July 26 issue of The Link.


July 18, 2017

Pedestrian identified
 
The Chesterfield County Coroner's Office has identified the pedestrian who was killed in the hit-and-run in Pageland on Sunday Morning as Balfred Cruz Mendez Orellana.

Anyone with information about his family is asked to call the Coroner's Office at (843) 623-9395 or email weisspm@chesterfieldcoroner.org.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the S.C. Highway Patrol at (803) 896-9621.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.


July 16, 2017

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

A 45-year-old man was killed this morning on Highway 207 just north of Pageland in a hit-and-run. Identification is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, according to Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the S.C. Highway Patrol at (803) 896-9621.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the July 19 issue of The Link.



July 11, 2017

Pageland Town Council says “No action taken”

In executive session tonight, Pageland Town Council decided to take no action regarding Pageland Police Chief Crain Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short.

Mayor Jason Evans said council, acting upon the advice of Town Attorney Adam Foard, would maintain the status quo of the police department until it had the opportunity to review the report from the State Law Enforcement Division, which the town has requested.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the July 19 issue of The Link.


July 6, 2017

Cheraw Police looking for suspects in shooting

The Cheraw Police Department is looking for two men in regard to a shooting that occurred Tuesday night shortly after 9 p.m. at the Alco store at the corner of Market and Marion streets.

According to Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas, suspects Shareef Ali Kelly (approximately 21 years old) and Deandre Malaike Byrd (approximately 18 years old) approached a 44-year-old man and, after a verbal altercation, shot him four times at close range.

Both suspects are wanted for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective James Henderson at the Cheraw Police Department at (843) 537-7868 or to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Both men should be considered armed and dangerous. 

More details will be posted to Breaking News at they become available.

Read the full account in the July 12 issue of The Link.



July 6, 2017

Attorney General’s Office closes file on Pageland Police Chief, Captain

According to information received from Deputy Attorney General Heather S. Weiss regarding the State Law Enforcement Division’s investigation into Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short, insufficient evidence exists to merit criminal prosecution.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the July 12 issue of The Link. 



June 22, 2017

Arrests made in Short murder

Three people have been arrested in connection to the murder of 63-year-old Farris “Mickey” Short, who was found shot and killed in a field on Hurst Cemetery Road outside of Chesterfield on June 19, according to a statement from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Thirty-year-old James David Busby of 4666 White Plains Church Road in Jefferson and 36-year-old Kenneth Edward Parker of 1095 Potter Road in Lancaster have each been arrested and charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. Twenty-eight-year-old Patricia Nicole Deese of 1093 Plyler Road in Jefferson has also been arrested and charged with accessory before and after the fact of murder.

“I would like to commend the investigators and deputies who have worked around the clock to quickly bring closure to this case,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. 


June 22, 2017

Sheriff seeks information in Pageland Murder

According to a release from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, CCSO is asking for assistance locating 21-year-old Daquan Marquis Timmons, who is a suspect in a murder investigation that stems from a home invasion April 23.

Timmons is believed to have shot and killed 25-year-old Darius Robinson, as well as robbed him of cash and other items at his home on Airport Road in Pageland. He is facing charges of murder as well as possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

According to witnesses at the scene of the murder, a woman first approached the residence seeking to purchase drugs, and when Robinson denied having any narcotics, two men wearing masks forced their way inside and shot Robinson in the chest. The three suspects fled the scene in a gray, older model Mercedes.

Anyone with information about Timmons' whereabouts or the other two suspects involved in the shooting is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 623-9394.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the June 28 issue of The Link.



June 22, 2017

County council considering tax increases

In a special meeting on Wednesday, June 21, Chesterfield County Council confirmed that the body has decided to raise property taxes in order to offset unfunded state mandates and to pay off debt in 2017-18

Council unanimously approved a 1.01 mil increase that would raise about $105,000 for the 2017-18 general fund with $87,000 of that money designated for a two percent raise for all county employees making $30,000 and less annually.

Earlier this month, council unanimously passed the second reading of a $19.9 million general fund budget for 2017-18. The new financial plan represents a slight decrease from the 2016-17 general fund of $20 million. 

Council also agreed to seek 3.95 mil increase in debt service to meet higher loan repayments next fiscal year. Both millage increases will raise property taxes on primary and non-primary residences.

Read the full account in the June 28 issue of The Link.



June 19,2017

Deceased man identified

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks confirmed the discovery of a deceased man, Farris M. Short, on Hurst Cemetery Road near Chesterfield on Monday morning. Brooks said the 63-year-old man apparently died of a gunshot would. Short’s last known address was in Ruby.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Newberry.


June 19, 2017

Deceased man found on Hurst Cemetery Road 

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks has confirmed the discovery of a deceased male on Hurst Cemetery Road near Chesterfield. Brooks said investigators are not sure how the man died, and they're waiting for the State Law Enforcement Division crime scene team to arrive.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.


June 15, 2017

Patrick murder investigation hampered by snakes

The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder that occurred June 15 at a home on Sam Jones Road in Patrick. 

The victim was identified as 33-year-old Freddie Lee Herman. He had been shot multiple times. 

Upon arriving at the home, officers encountered several malnourished pit bulls, as well as aquariums that contained rattlesnakes, copperheads, pythons, a cobra and other animals. 

A company specializing in venomous snake removal was contacted to assist the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office in clearing the scene of the crime. Chesterfield County Animal Control is also assisting at the scene.


Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office at (843) 623-2101.   

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the June 21 issue of The Link.


June 13, 2017

New principal at Central

Central High School in Pageland will have a new principal beginning July 1. Damon Barnhill, the current assistant principal, will succeed Dr. Judd Starling on that day.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the next week’s issue of The Link.


June 12, 2017

School board passes record budget

By a vote of 6-2 at Monday night's meeting, the Chesterfield County School Board passed a $56.6 million general fund budget for 2017-18 for the 16-school, 7,000-student Chesterfield County School District.

The budget, which takes effect July 1, represents a three percent increase over the current financial plan and is the largest in CCSD history. Voting for the new budget, which includes a property tax increase on vehicles, businesses and non-primary residences, were board chair Wes Miles and board members Kim Burch, James Sweeney, Darin Coleman, Dr. Wayne Chapman and Eric Dusa.

Casting their dissent were board members Chad Vick and Robert Teal, while board member Jamie Wayne was not present for the voting.



June 9, 2017

Cheraw PD arrests three for counterfeiting

Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas announced three people have been arrested for counterfeiting, among other charges.

Crystal Bradley, Charlie Ray Lane and William Casy Sellers, all of Cheraw, were arrested after police had occasion to visit a home on High Street yesterday.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as details are known.

Read the full account in the June 14 issue of The Link.


June 7, 2017

Cheraw man identified

The man who was found early Monday morning on Highway 9 near Cheraw Intermediate School has been identified. According to Chesterfield County Coroner the man was Adrian D Artis from Charlotte, N.C. Kiser said Artis died of natural causes.



June 2, 2017

Pageland police chief and captain on paid administrative leave

In an emergency meeting of Pageland Town Council this afternoon, council empowered Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey to take personnel action as needed relating to the pending investigation by SLED with regard to the Pageland Police Department.

Subsequently, Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short were placed on paid administrative leave.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating accusations that Greenlee and Short broke into the home of a Pageland police officer and took items from the home.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the June 7 issue of The Link.

 

June 2, 2017

Arrests made in Pageland shooting

A statement from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of two men in a shooting that occurred in downtown Pageland on Wednesday, May 31.

18-year-old Reakwon Dai Shon Savoy and 20-year-old Darron Jaquan Horton have been arrested and transported to the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

A third man, 25-year-old Camron Jamal McManus, is still at large.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the June 7 issue of The Link.



June 1, 2017

Pageland Police chief subject of SLED investigation

Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee is the subject of an investigation that was started by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and has been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the June 7 issue of The Link.



May 29, 2017

Update on Cheraw shooting victim

The 15-year-old Cheraw shooting victim is recovering from surgery this morning. "We are very fortunate this young man appears to be on his way to recovery,” said Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas.
More details will be in this week’s issue of The Link. 



May 15, 2017

Sheriff's office covering town of McBee

As a result of additional negotiations between the Town of McBee and the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, the CCSO assumed law enforcement coverage of the town at 7 a.m. Monday, March 15. Calls for law enforcement assistance will continue to be to 911.

By a vote of 4-1 at its May 2 meeting, council approved a $115,000 contract with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office that would have handed over the town's law enforcement duties to CCSO effective July 1.

However, council left open the possibility of CCSO assuming those duties earlier. The cost of the additional six weeks of coverage is about $13,300.

Read the full account in the May 17 issue of The Link.



April 11, 2017

Odom appeals results of McBee election.

Glenn Odom has filed a motion with the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Chesterfield to appeal the decision of the McBee Municipal Election Commission, which upheld the results of the Feb. 21 McBee Town Council Election.

Filed Monday afternoon, April 11, by Odom's attorney, Rose Mary Parham, the appeal contests the March 15 decision of the McBee MEC.

In the official results of the Feb. 21 election, Campolong edged challenger Glenn Odom, 219-202, in the mayor's race, while incumbent Charlie Sutton paced the field for the two contested council seats with 225 votes, followed by Bea Bolton with 200, to defeat incumbent Marilyn Fields with 194 and challenger Sherry Knight with 189.

Sutton and Bolton were sworn in to council earlier this year.

In the March 15 election protest hearing, after hearing five hours of testimony from 21 witnesses, the MEC entered a 30-minute executive session to discuss the evidence and to consider the directed verdict motion of Butch Bowers, attorney for Campolong. That motion meant that the Odom protest should not be upheld because the petitioner, Odom, did not provide sufficient evidence that state law was violated.

Upon re-entering open session, the MEC voted unanimously to approve the motion for directed verdict, resulting in Campolong’s being re-elected mayor.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full account in the April 19 issue of The Link.


April 10, 2017

Goodwin arrested by Department of Revenue

The S.C. Department of Revenue just announced it has arrested a Cheraw tax preparer. John Clyde Goodwin III of Goodwin Tax Service is charged with 18 counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available..

Read the full account in the April 12 issue of The Link.


March 16, 2017

McBee Election Results Upheld

After hearing five hours of sworn testimony from 21 witnesses in the election protest hearing March 15, the McBee Municipal Election Commission upheld the results of the Feb. 21 McBee Town Council Election.

In the official results of the Feb. 21 election, Campolong edged challenger Glenn Odom, 219-202, in the mayor's race, while incumbent Charlie Sutton paced the field for the two contested council seats with 225 votes, followed by Bea Bolton with 200, to defeat incumbent Marilyn Fields with 194 and challenger Sherry Knight with 189.

However, Rose Mary Parham, the attorney for Odom and Knight filed a written protest that contends that there were one or more violations of state election statutes and concluded, “In the absence of the foregoing violation(s), we submit that Glenn Odom and Sherry Knight would have won their respective elections. We respectfully request a hearing on this matter.”

Earlier this month, Knight withdrew her protest, resulting in Sutton and Bolton being sworn in to council at the March 7 council meeting.

Following the testimony March 15, which including the verification of an ongoing SLED investigation into alleged violations of state statutes in the Odom campaign of the Sep. 6 council election, Butch Bowers, counsel for Campolong, made a motion for directed verdict. That motion meant that the Odom protest should not be upheld because the petitioner, Odom, did not provided sufficient evidence that state law was violated.

The three member MEC, consisting of chair Linda Sterling and members Lynn Dixon and Dale McCluney, entered a 30-minute executive session to discuss the evidence. Upon re-entering open session, the MEC voted unanimously to approve the motion for directed verdict, resulting in Campolong’s being re-elected mayor.

However, Odom has the right to appeal the MEC decision to the Fourth Circuit Court. That 10-day appeal window begins 10 days after the MEC issues its written order later this month.



March 2, 2017

Nicholson pleads guilty

Brent Sutton Nicholson pleaded guilty in the Darlington County
courthouse yesterday in front of the honorable J.C. Nicholson, Jr.
Nicholson faced three counts of receiving stolen property and one count of a stolen firearm.

Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond recommended a seven-year sentence suspended to 14 months of time served.

The judge, however, gave Nicholson 10 years suspended to five years’ probation with mental health counseling on each count to run concurrent.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full story in the March 8 issue of The Link.


March 1, 2017


McBee election hearing continued two weeks

During the March 1 session of the McBee Municipal Election Commission to hear the protest of the February 21 McBee Town Council election, the MEC agreed to reconvene at 9 a.m. March 15 to hear the protest.

With a capacity audience of 60 people attending Wednesday's session in town hall, Pat C. Wise, a member of Mayor John Campolong's campaign staff, made a motion for a protective order that would cease any harassment of members of the MEC.

Counsel for Campolong and Sutton, as well as counsel for Glenn Odom and Sherry Knight, offered no objections to the motion, which was then unanimously approved by the MEC.

Following the approval of the protective order, Rose Mary Parham, the attorney representing Glenn Odom and Sherry Knight, stated that she wished to reconvene the protest hearing at a later date because about half of the 34 subpoenaed witnesses were not present.

Butch Bowers, the attorney representing Campolong and Charlie Sutton, asked the MEC if he and Parham could discuss the matter in private. The request was granted. Following the attorneys' discussion and coordination with the Chesterfield County deputy sheriff who was present, the attorneys offered a joint proposal to the MEC.

That proposal was to reconvene the hearing March 15 with the sheriff's office re-serving all subpoenas as issued by the MEC. The initial serving was done by private citizens, which is legal. Following a brief discussion, the MEC approved the continuance until March 15.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as it becomes available. 

Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.


Feb. 27, 2017
McBee Election Hearing Reconvenes Wednesday

Following a short session today in which members took care of administrative matters, the chairperson of the McBee Municipal Election Commission, Linda Sterling, announced the MEC will reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, to hear the election protest filed by the attorney representing Glenn Odom and Sherry Knight. The delay is necessary because attorneys for both sides were unable to be present until Wednesday.

Wednesday
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Feb. 25, 2017

Results Split in McBee Election

Protest Filed

With a healthy turnout of about two-thirds of the electorate, the incumbents won two seats, while a challenger took a third seat on McBee Town Council in the new election held Feb. 21. The election was ordered by McBee's Municipal Election Commission last September as a result of the protest hearing regarding the first election.

Mayor John Campolong edged challenger Glenn Odom 216-203 in the mayor's race, while incumbent Charlie Sutton paced the field for the two contested council seats with 223 votes, followed by challenger Bea Bolton with 201, to defeat incumbent Marilyn Fields with 192 and challenger Sherry Knight with 190.

Last Thursday, the McBee Election Commission of Linda Sterling, Dale McCluney and Lynn Dixon unanimously certified the official results.

During the unofficial vote count on Feb 21, the attorneys for both sides challenged a total of 12 paper absentee ballots. In addition, there were five designated provisional ballots for a total of 17 uncounted ballots.

During the public hour-long election certification Thursday after necessary documentation was presented to the MEC, all 17 of the ballots were accepted, counted and added into the official results

However, as announced by Sterling, each candidate had until 7 p.m. last Thursday Feb 23, to file election protests in writing to the commission. Prior to that deadline, Rose Mary Parham, the attorney representing Odom and Knight, filed a written protest of the certified election results.

In that written letter, Parham contends that there were one or more violations of state election statutes and concluded that “In the absence of the foregoing violation(s), we submit that Glenn Odom and Sherry Knight would have won their respective elections. We respectfully request a hearing on this matter.”

The initial public hearing concerning that protest will be held Monday, Feb 27, and Tuesday, Feb 28, at town hall. That hearing will be conducted as would a court hearing, with all testimony being under oath and all the proceedings recorded by a certified court reporter.  

February 23, 2017

Update on McBee election results

After accepting 17 of the 17 challenged/provisional ballots and adding those votes, the results for mayor are Campolong: 216 and Odom: 203.

Results for town council are Sutton: 223, Bolton: 201, Fields: 192 and Knight: 190.

Voter turnout for the election was 67 percent

 

February 21,2017

Incumbents Hold Sway in McBee Election

In the unofficial results of the McBee Town Council election held February 21, the incumbents held sway but with one very tight race for one of the two contested council seats.
Incumbent John Campolong has a 214-189 advantage over challenger Glenn Odom in the mayor's race. Four candidates are running for the two contested council seats with the top two vote-getters to be elected. Incumbent Charlie Sutton garnered 220 votes followed by incumbent Marilyn Fields with 189 that edged Bea Bolton with 187 and Sherry Knight with 176.
However, a total of 17 ballots were not counted, 12 of which were challenged by the candidates and the remainder declared provisional for various reasons by the poll manager. Depending on the outcome of those 17 uncounted ballots, it is possible that the order of finish for the council seats could change.
The certification of the election results is set for noon February 23 at McBee Town Hall.

  

February 16, 2017

Anonymous tip leads to meth bust

Anonymous tips led the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office to a location inside the town limits of McBee and resulted in the bust of an active methamphetamine cook, as well as six arrests late Wednesday evening.

Located inside the residence were several items used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as other drug paraphernalia.

Volunteers from Alligator Rural Fire Department were on standby at the scene until a methamphetamine cleanup crew arrived and took possession of the laboratories.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as it becomes available. 
Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.

January 30, 2017

Wreck causes power outage in McBee

An early-morning accident involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck caused a power outage in McBee about 6 a.m. today. Multiple emergency and law enforcement personnel responded, with two people being transported. Duke Power has been notified. McBee High School is on a regular schedule.

January 26, 2017

Third arrest in Henderson murder

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has made a third arrest in connection with a murder that occurred Jan. 21 outside Cheraw.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jamarcus Lavar Sellers of Bennettsville was apprehended Wednesday on charges of accessory before and after the fact of murder, according to a report from Sheriff Jay Brooks.

Sellers, along with 27-year-old James Monroe Brown and 26-year-old Brenton Xavier Davis are reportedly being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Brown and Davis were arrested Monday.

All three individuals are charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old James Henderson, who was killed at a trailer park on Hillian Edwards Road just outside of Cheraw last weekend.

More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.


January 24, 2017
Haley confirmed, resigns as governor; McMaster sworn in 
The U.S. Senate has just overwhelmingly confirmed former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations. She immediately resigned as governor, and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster  was sworn in as governor.

January 24, 2017

Arrests made in Henderson death

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old James Henderson, who was killed at a trailer park on Hillian Edwards Road just outside of Cheraw last weekend, according to a report from Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. 

Twenty-seven-year-old James Monroe Brown and 26-year-old Brenton Xavier Davis have each been arrested for accessory before and after the fact of murder. 

More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.

Jan. 13, 2016

Arrests made in Hunt’s Mill shooting

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in relation to a shooting that occurred shortly before midnight Jan. 10 on Hunts Mill Road in Chesterfield. Twenty-year-olds Antonio Cosom of 168 Center Point Road in Chesterfield and Shareef Ali Kelly of 118 Mills St. in Rockingham, N.C., have been charged with attempted the murder of a 19-year-old man. Another suspect is still being sought.

Following the shooting, the teenaged victim went to a neighbor’s residence seeking help. He victim suffered a bullet wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He is listed in stable condition.

Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.




Jan. 11, 2017

Melton wins District 3

Cherryl Melton won the special election for the Cheraw Town Council District 3 seat in Cheraw yesterday by a vote of 41-20. This tally is currently uncertified and will be certified at Town Hall later today. 
Read next week's issue of The Link for the full story.


Jan. 11, 2017

Yow appointed to State House sub-committee

S.C. Rep. Richie Yow has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Local Government, Corrections Affairs and Non-Medical Licensing Boards Subcommittee. The other members of the subcommittee are Reps. Steven Long and Josiah Magnuson. The announcement was made by Leon Howard, chairman of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.



Jan. 10, 2017

Miles elected as school board chair

By a split decision of 5-4, the Chesterfield County School Board elected Wes Miles of District 3 as chair of the nine-member board that provides oversight for the 16 schools, 7,300 students and 1,000 employees of the Chesterfield County School District.

In the majority were board members James Sweeney, Darin Coleman, Dr. Wayne Chapman, Jamie Wayne and Miles. Supporting Chad Vick were Kim Burch, Robert Teal, Eric Dusa and Vick.

Elected to the position of board vice-chair by a tally of 8-1 was Coleman with Vick casting the dissenting vote. Dusa was unanimously re-elected to the post of board secretary.

All terms are for a period of two years.

The full details of the school board meeting will be in next week’s issue of The Link.


Jan. 6, 2017

County administrator retires

Denise Douglass, the county administrator for Chesterfield County for the past seven and one-half years, resigned from that position effective Jan. 2.

In a letter dated Dec. 30 from Douglass to Chairman Al Johnson of the Chesterfield County Council, she wrote “Please consider this letter as official notice of my retirement as County Administrator of Chesterfield County, effective January 2, 2017. I wish all of Council and the County the best of luck in the future.”

At the beginning of council's regular meeting Jan. 4, Johnson publicly announced Douglass' retirement and added “On behalf of Chesterfield County Council, I would like to thank Ms. Douglass for her nearly 20 years of service to Chesterfield County and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Following the hour-long meeting in which council conducted other business, council went into executive session in which they discussed the ramifications of the administrator's vacancy.

Upon returning to open session, council voted unanimously to appoint Public Works Director and Assistant Administrator Tim Eubanks as Interim County Administrator. Eubanks will also continue to fulfill the duties of Public Works Director.

Johnson stated, “Council is confident in the administrative staff currently in place and their ability to lead the County going forward. Council has no immediate plans to initiate a search for a new Administrator.”


Jan. 4, 2016

Catoe awarded Order of the Palmetto

Thomas W. "Tommy" Catoe of Jefferson was awarded the Order of the Palmetto Tuesday, Jan. 3, during the annual dinner of the Sandhills Volunteer Fire Department, an organization in which he has served for 35 years, with the last 18 years as fire chief.

The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor and is authorized by the governor to recognize citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

Read the next issue of The Link for more details regarding this esteemed individual honor awarded to Catoe.


Dec. 9, 2016

McBee farmer awarded the Order of Palmetto

Alexander Campbell "Kemp" McLeod, Jr, the fourth generation owner/operator of McLeod Farms in McBee, was awarded the Order of Palmetto Thursday night during the centennial observation of McLeod Farms.

The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor and is authorized by the governor to recognize citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

Read the next issue of The Link for more details regarding this esteemed individual honor and the centennial observation of McLeod Farms.


Nov. 19, 2016

Burning ban for entire state

The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a State Forester’s Burning Ban for the entire state of South Carolina, effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, due to weather conditions that present an elevated risk of wildfire.

The ban prohibits outdoor burning, which includes yard debris burning and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes.

While campfires and open-fire cooking are not included in the ban, the Forestry Commission strongly advises all citizens to be extremely vigilant until the ban is lifted.

The ban will stay in effect until further notice, which will come in the form of an official announcement from the Forestry Commission.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full story in next week's issue of The Link.


Nov. 16, 2016

Reward offered at Pageland Family Pharmacy

According to Pageland Police Det. Shane Whitley, three suspects entered the Pageland Family Pharmacy at 2:50 a.m. Nov. 15. They broke out the front glass door and damaged property inside. The store is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Contact the Pageland Police Department at (843) 672-6437 with any information.

More details will be posted to Breaking News as they become available.

Read the full story in next week's issue of The Link.


Nov. 15

School Board Extends Superintendent's Contract

Culminating a four week annual evaluation process regarding the performance of Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin, the Chesterfield County School Board unanimously agreed to extend his contract through June 30, 2019.

Dr. Goodwin again received high marks from the school board,” said board chair James Sweeney.

The vote of confidence in the performance of Goodwin, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the district, came after an executive session near the end of the regular board meeting on November 14. This session was third such sitting for the purposes of discussing the superintendent's job performance as required by his employment contract and CCSD policy.

Next week's issue of The Link will carry full details of the report




Nov. 9, 2016


Trump carries Chesterfield County
Changes in county council and school board

Reflecting the statewide numbers, president-elect Donald Trump (R) carried Chesterfield County by a margin of 8204 to 6145 (56/42) over Hillary Clinton (D) with the remaining votes going to several third party candidates.

The voter turnout in the county was 63.5 percent that compares to 69.7 percent for the county in the 2012 general election and the 2016 statewide turnout of 63.21 percent. Of the total 17,314 ballots cast in the county, 3000 were absentee ballots or 17.3 percent, a modest increase from 2012.

All results are unofficial until the county election commission certifies those results beginning 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Paced by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R) who defeated Democratic challenger Tom Dixon 9163-6447 (55/39) county wide, the incumbents held sway in the national and state legislative races both in the county and state. County totals in remaining races are listed below.

    House District 7: Tom Rice (R) 9407, Mal Hyman (D) 6537 (57/40)

    State Senate District 27: Vince Sheheen (D) 11,397, unopposed

    State Senate District 29: Gerald Malloy (D) 635, unopposed

    State House District 53: Richie Yow 6958 (R), Victor Li 4671 (D) (60/40)

    State House District 54: Pat Henegan 1237 (D), JD Chaplin (R) 1359 (48/52)

    State House District 65: Jay Lucas (R) 1676, unopposed

    Solicitor: Will Rogers (D) 12,126, unopposed

    Clerk of Court: Wanda Miles (D) 12,435, unopposed

    Coroner: Kip Kiser (D) 13,553, unopposed

    Auditor: Jack Rivers (D) 13,118 unopposed

    Treasurer: Fred Harris (D) 12,957, unopposed

    County Council District 1: Eddie Rivers (D) 1137, unopposed

    County Council District 5: Ben Teal (D) 1102, Johnny McKenzie 904 (55/45)

    County Council District 6: Hattie Burns (D) 1582 unopposed

    County Council District 7: Ralph Watson (D) 1110, Steve Chewning (R) 1088 (50.5/49.4)

    County Council District 9: Rhett Butler (D) 1565, unopposed

    Soil and Water District Commission: Numerous write-in candidates. Winner TBD

    School Board District 4: Incumbent Chad Vick 1081, Betty Lisenby 761 (58/41)

    School Board District 5: Jamie Wayne 1160, unopposed

    School Board District 6: James Sweeney 1289, unopposed

    School Board District 7: Robert Teal 1134, incumbent William Watson 625 (64/35)

    School Board District 8: Eric Dusa 1228, unopposed

    Hill's Creek Watershed (3 seats): 13, several write-in candidates. Winners TBD


    

Nov. 2, 2016

School Board Passes Pay Raise

By a split decision of 5-4 at the Nov 1 special meeting, the Chesterfield County School Board passed a policy revision that effectively triples the compensation for most school board trustees.

The raise takes effect after the election.

Supporting the pay raise were board chair Dr. Wayne Chapman, Kim Burch, Eric Dusa, Chad Vick and Darin Coleman. Voting against the measure were board chair James Sweeney and board vice-chair Jamie Wayne in addition to Wes Miles and William Watson.

Board members were paid $100.23 per month plus mileage and the board chair was paid $133.66; these rates were set in 2002. In a typical year, a board trustee will attend 14 meetings meaning the annual pay was about $1400 for members and about $1870 for the board chair. The mileage reimbursement is the prevailing IRS rate which is 55 cents per mile.

Under the new pay scale, board members will be paid $350 per month or $4200 annually while the chair will receive $400 per month or $4800 annually.

Prior to considering the pay raise, the board researched the school board and county council compensation rates of the bordering counties of Darlington, Kershaw, Lancaster and Marlboro. The board calculated the separate average pay scales of those school boards and county councils and used the lesser amount as the proposed new board pay.



Oct. 14, 2016

New McBee Election set for February

Based on the recommendation of McBee's Municipal Election Commission, McBee Town Council set the date of the new town council election for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at its October 11 council meeting.

Incumbent John Campolong and challenger Glenn Odom are vying for mayor while incumbents Charlie Sutton and Marilyn Fields in addition to challengers Bea Bolton and Sherry Knight are competing for the two council seats.

In the Sept. 6 election, Odom edged incumbent John Campolong 200-192 in the mayor's race while Bolton paced the field for the two contested council seats with 208 votes followed by Knight with 194, to defeat incumbents Sutton with 185 and Fields with 169.

However, the attorney representing Campolong, Sutton and Fields filed a protest of those initial results that resulted in a public protest hearing on Sept. 12 and 13 in which the MEC found sufficient cause to order a new election.

More information will be in next week's issue of The Link.


Oct. 10, 2016

Statewide ban on burning

A State Forester’s Burning Ban is in effect for the entire state of South Carolina until further notice. The ban prohibits outdoor burning, which includes yard debris burning and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes. While campfires and open-fire cooking are not included in the ban, the Forestry Commission strongly advises all citizens to be extremely vigilant until the ban is lifted.

“We’ve had lots of calls wondering why there’s a burning ban when most of the state received so much rainfall from Hurricane Matthew,” said S.C. Forestry Commission Fire Chief Darryl Jones. “We want people to understand that we issued the ban, not because of elevated fire danger necessarily, but rather because so many firefighting and emergency personnel and resources are committed to hurricane-related response.”


Oct. 6, 2016

Voter registration deadlines extended

All South Carolina voters will now have more time to return voter registration applications for the 2016 General Election. This will provide additional opportunity for citizens to register who are affected by voter registration office and post office closures related to Hurricane Matthew. Post offices are also closed Monday, Oct. 10 due to a federal holiday. 

The following deadlines apply to all South Carolina voters:

Registration by Mail: Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, Oct. 11 or earlier will be accepted.

Online Voter Registration: Any online voter registration application submitted by Sunday, Oct. 9 will be accepted. Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 9.

Applications Submitted by Fax or Email: Any faxed or emailed application received by county voter registration offices by Sunday, Oct. 9 will be accepted Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Oct 9.

In-Person Applications at County Voter Registration Offices: Voters must register in person no later than Saturday, Oct. 8.  NOTE: Due to Hurricane Matthew, some county voter registration offices are closed through Saturday.

Anyone in the following categories who plans to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election must register in their county of residence by the deadline:


Oct. 6, 2016

Carolina Canners announces $45 million expansion

Following unanimous approval of an economic incentive package for Carolina Canners by Chesterfield County Council at Wednesday's council meeting, Carolina Canners Chief Executive Officer Jeff Stevens announced a $45 million expansion at the Cheraw plant. Expected to create 40 jobs, the expansion entails adding another production that will bottle tea and is expected to be operational next May. Full details will be available in next week's issue of The Link.


Sept. 29, 2016

Erica Parsons remains found in county

The remains of Erica Parsons, a 13-year-old girl from Rowan County, N.C., were found earlier this week in Chesterfield County. According to Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks, they were found on a dirt road west of Mt. Croghan.

The girl was reported missing in 2013, but she had supposedly been missing for two years before the report was made.

More information will be available on Breaking News as it becomes know.


Sept. 27, 2016

Graves joins sheriff’s office

This morning Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks announced that as of October 10, 2016, J.A. Graves will be joining the staff of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Graves will serve the sheriff’s office as a civilian employee until the Town of Cheraw municipal court is certified and the transition to the new municipal hudge is complete.

 

Sept. 27, 2016

Melton appointed municipal judge

This morning Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram announced the town

has received the resignation of Municipal Court Judge J.A. Graves.

At a special town council meeting Monday, council approved unanimously the appointment of Cheraw council member John K. Melton to be Cheraw’s next judge, effective Oct. 12.

Melton’s resignation from the council will be immediately after the town’s regular council meeting Oct. 11.


Sept. 22, 2016

Field Set for School Board Election

Three of the five seats up for election on the nine-member Chesterfield County School Board face no opposition on the Nov. 8 ballot. The two-week filing period for those non-partisan positions closed Sept. 20 at noon.

In District 4, Betty Sue Lisenby is challenging incumbent Chad Vick, while in District 7, Robert Teal is running against incumbent William Watson.

Running unopposed are incumbents Jamie Wayne in District 5, James Sweeney in District 6 and Eric Dusa in District 8.



Sept. 17, 2016

Bus wreck leads to deaths

An accident near Rockingham, N.C., that involved a charter bus has resulted in the death of four people, according to a statement by the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The football team from Ramah Juco Academy was traveling on U.S. Highway 74 to Raeford, N.C., to a game against University of God’s Chosen.

The cause of the accident seemed to be a blown-out front tire that caused the bus to hit a guardrail in the median.

Lt. Jeff Gordon with N.C. Highway Patrol said 46 people were on board the bus when it crashed. Forty-two people were taken to four area hospitals, and three of those were subsequently flown to other hospitals, according to Gordon. 

By Saturday night, several of the patients had been discharged from the hospital.


McBee Election Commission Orders New Town Election
Sept. 13, 2016

 Following four hours of testimony in the protest hearing concerning the town election of September 6, the McBee Election Commission ordered a new election for town mayor and two town council seats.
    John Campolong and Glenn Odom are vying for mayor while Charlie Sutton, Marilyn Fields, Bea Bolton and Sherry Knight are competing for the two council seats
    According to Linda Sterling, the chairperson of the MEC, the date of the new election will be set by McBee Town Council at its next meeting. However, due to regulatory and notification requirements, it is expected that the election will occur no sooner than 60 days.


Sept. 12, 2016      

Subpoenas Served for McBee Election Hearing

On Sunday afternoon Sept. 11, the legal team representing John Campolong, Charlie Sutton and Marilyn Fields began serving subpoenas to 33 people requiring them to testify during the public hearing this week regarding the protest of last week's election results of McBee Town Council.

The initial public hearing concerning that protest is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at town hall, followed by a second session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at town hall.

The full story is in this week's edition of The Link, and we will continue to provide coverage of this story as it develops.

Sept. 9, 2016

McBee election protest filed

Prior to last night's deadline of 7 p.m., the attorney representing Campolong, Sutton and Field filed a written protest of the certified election results. The initial public hearing concerning that protest is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at town hall, followed by a second session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at town hall.

Pending the results of the protest hearing, inauguration of the new council members is scheduled for Oct. 4.


Sept. 8, 2016

Challengers Sweep in McBee Election

At today's (Sep 8) election certification held in open session, after all 67 challenged absentee ballots and nine provisional ballot were counted and added to the previous results, the challengers overtook the incumbents in the McBee Town Council election held Tuesday.

Yesterday, the Chesterfield County elections office validated all challenged ballots.

Glenn Odom edged incumbent John Campolong 200-192 in the mayor's race while Bea Bolton paced the field for the two contested council seats with 208 votes followed by Sherry Knight with 194, to defeat incumbents Charlie Sutton with 185 and Marilyn Fields with 169.

The town election commission of Linda Sterling, Dale McCluney and Lynn Dixon unanimously certified the results.

However, as announced by Sterling, each candidate has until 7 p.m. today to file election protests in writing to the commission.


Sept. 6, 2016

Incumbents Hold Lead in McBee Town Election

The unofficial results of today's McBee Town Council election put the incumbents in the lead.

In the mayor's race, incumbent John Campolong leads challenger Glenn Odom 185-131. Pacing the candidates for the two contested council seats is incumbent Charlie Sutton with 176, followed by incumbent Marilyn Fields with 160, challenger Bea Bolton with 144 and challenger Sherry Knight with 127. The top two vote-getters will be the winners of the council seats.

The Campolong campaign has challenged 64 of the 121 absentee ballots, meaning it is mathematically possible for the leaders to change.

The McBee Town Election Commission will publicly certify the results of Tuesday's election at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, at town hall.

Sept. 5, 2016

Shooting near McBee results in death

An 18-year-old white male, Michael William Hoffman, was discovered shot today on Sandy Point Lane near Middendorf Road, according to Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow. The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as it becomes available.

Sept. 2, 2016

School closings and early dismissals

Due to the potential for severe weather that may impact travel conditions tomorrow afternoon, Chesterfield County Schools will operate on a half-day schedule Friday, Sept 2. The school district is especially concerned about dirt roads and high winds in our area.

Half day 3K and 4K classes are canceled. All after-school events and activities, including after-school care, are canceled on Friday at all of our schools.

Specific dismissal times are as follows:

Cheraw Primary: 12:30, Cheraw Intermediate: 12:30, Long Middle: 12:30, Cheraw High: 12:00 PM

Edwards Elementary: 11:30, Ruby Elementary: 11:30 AM, Chesterfield-Ruby Middle: 11:30 AM, Chesterfield High: 11:30

McBee Elementary: Noon, Petersburg: Noon, Plainview: Noon, McBee High: Noon

Jefferson Elementary: 11:30, Pageland Elementary: 11:30, New Heights Middle: Noon, Central High: 11:35

 

Sept. 2, 2016

Update on county football games

The Cheraw-McBee game was stopped in the second quarter at 9:44 p.m. due to severe weather. Cheraw was ahead 7-0 with possession on its 29-yard-line. The rest of game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cheraw.

Central defeated Forest Hills 40-19.

Chesterfield will play at East Clarendon Saturday at noon.

Sept. 1, 2016

Weather changes football and broadcast schedules

It's Football Friday … on Thursday … and Saturday.

Due to the probability of bad weather Friday night, Chesterfield County high school football schedules have changed.

Central vs. Forest Hills will kick off at Central Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast online only at pdbsn.com, beginning at 7 p.m. 

Cheraw at McBee kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Broadcast will begin at at 6:30 p.m. on MyFM 93.9, 1420 WCRE and pdbsn.com

Marlboro County vs. Scotland County is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on pdbsn.com.

The Rams will play at East Clarendon Saturday with kickoff at noon . The game will go on the air on pdbsn.com at 11:30 a.m. 

The Saturday Morning Quarterback will air at the regular time of 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

August 31, 2016 - 8:30 p.m. update
Chesterfield Game Information
The Chesterfield Golden Rams will play at East Clarendon on Saturday.  Kickoff is at 12:00 noon.   

August 31, 2016

Games Changed Due to Weather

Due to the possibility of severe weather in eastern North and South Carolina on Friday, September 2, the following football games have been scheduled for Thursday:

Cheraw vs McBee at Cheraw has been moved to Thursday night at 7:30.
Central vs Forest Hills at Central has been moved to Thursday night at 7:30.
Marlboro County vs Scotland County at Scotland County has been moved to Thursday night at 7:00.
As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, the Chesterfield at East Clarendon game has not been changed.  

August 20, 2016

Body found in Pee Dee River

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks has just announced the body of a black male has been found in the Pee Dee River about three miles south of Laney Landing in Cheraw. The sheriff’s office has told the family of William Lazar Grant the department is almost sure the body is his. A witness reported seeing Grant on the landing very early Thursday morning.
Grant was wanted for questioning in the death of Pageland resident Ann Bennett, whose body was found yesterday afternoon. An autopsy will be performed at 9 a.m. Sunday. More details will be reported in Breaking News as they become available. Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.


August 20, 2016

Missing woman found in shallow grave

The body of Ann Bennett was found yesterday afternoon in a shallow grave south of Pageland yesterday. The State Law Enforcement Division forensic unit assisted the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and Pageland Police Department in the investigation, according to Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee was with Bennett’s family and told the family about the discovery of the grave.

Authorities are continuing the search for Bennett’s boyfriend, William Lazar Grant, who is wanted for questioning. He is 49 years old, 6’1 tall and weighs 215 pounds.

Anyone who knows Grant’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Pageland police at (843) 672-6437.


August 19, 2016
Missing woman’s boyfriend now a suspect

Pageland police announced this morning that officers are looking for William Lazar Grant, who they said is wanted for questioning for his alleged involvement in Ann Bennett's disappearance. Grant is 49 years old, 6’1 tall and weighs 215 pounds.

Anyone who knows Grant’s whereabouts is asked to call Pageland police at (843) 672-6437.

The 51-year-old woman has been the subject of a search since Tuesday. Family members last saw her late Monday after she argued with her boyfriend outside their Pageland home on McGregor Street.



August 19, 2016
Teal to file for school board

Robert Teal has resigned from the Chesterfield County Elections Commission after serving over 10 years in that capacity. "It has been an absolute honor to serve the people of Chesterfield County for so many years. I plan to file for the Chesterfield County School Board District 7 seat and did not want it to be a conflict of interest," said Teal. The elections commission is an appointed position by the Chesterfield County legislative delegation.  

 
July 20, 2016

Butler wins District 9 Democratic Primary 

After the results of the July 19 special election were compiled, Rhett Butler edged Mark Ingram by a tally of 248 – 236 to win the Democratic nomination for District 9 of Chesterfield County Council. The full story will be in next week's edition of The Link

June 25, 2016
State Democratic Party rules on election results
Today the South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee heard the appeal of the decision of the Chesterfield County Democratic Party Executive Committee Thursday. The state committee ordered a new election of those eligible voters who voted in Precincts 1 and 2 with no new voters. Letters will go out to all of those voters, and they will be informed in advance of the election. The election will take place in late July or early August.

More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.




June 15, 2016

Candidate to protest election results

Candidate Mark Ingram has said he will protest the results of yesterday’s primary election. Ingram said he made the decision after realizing several people had voted who shouldn’t have. Ingram has until noon Monday, June 20, to file his protest with the Chesterfield County Democratic Party Executive Committee. The hearing must be held the Thursday following the deadline.

More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. Read the full account in next week’s edition of The Link.

June 15, 2016

County Council Races Close in Low Turnout

Last Tuesday's primary election drew a low turnout with the unofficial results of the three contested county council seats being fairly close.

The Democrats' contest in District 5 (McBee-Cedar Creek) was decided by just eight votes with Ben Teal nipping Charlie Short 180 – 172 for a 51/49 margin. On the GOP side of the ledger, Johnny McKenzie defeated Roger Byrd 116 – 85 (58/42). The turnout for the precincts in this race was 17.84 percent that exceeded the statewide turnout of 13.78 percent.

In District 7, which had only a Democrat primary, Ralph Watson bested Stephanie Cockrell 265 – 215 (55/45) with a turnout of 6.69 percent.

In District 9, which also had only a Democrat primary, Rhett Butler edged Mark Ingram 280 – 261 (52/48) with a turnout of 8.78 percent.

The election was not without some glitches including reports of county residents voting out of their assigned district that were addressed and resolved during election hours. Voters in at least one precinct signed the roster in pencil. In another case, a precinct located 25 miles from the county election office, normally a 30 minute drive, completed its tabulation at but did not arrive at the election office with its voting machines until about 8:30 p.m.

All concerns will be addressed during the election certification June 16 at 10 a.m. at the elections office. Pending the results of the certification, Teal will square off against McKenzie in November for the District 5 seat while Watson is pitted against Steve Chewning for the District 7 seat in the general election. Because there is no Republican opponent in District 9, Butler won that seat if that vote tally withstands challenges.

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June 15, 2016

Election results from June 14 primary
Unofficial results from the June 14 primary are as follows:
District 5: (Democrat) Teal 180, Short 172 (51/49)
  (GOP) McKenzie 116, Byrd 85 (58/42)
District 7: (Democrat) Watson 265, Cockrell 215 (55/45)
District 9: (Democrat) Butler 280, Ingram 261 (52/48)
Results will be validated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16.
More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. Read the full account in next week's edition of The Link.

May 19, 2016

Town of McBee and Alligator Embroiled in Court

According to public documents obtained by this publication, the Town of McBee has brought civil suit against Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Company, Odom and Associates, A.O. Smith Corporation and Glenn Odom as an individual.

Filed on May 4, this latest legal action is in response to an April 7 temporary restraining order by Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Roger Henderson prohibiting the town of McBee, which has been permitted by DHEC, from selling water from its wells that have been recently upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment.

However, Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Courthouse, the town will receive a hearing regarding its request that Henderson withdraw the temporary order.

May 4, 2016

Pageland hires new police chief

Pageland Town Council has voted to hire Craig Greenlee as the new Chief of Police for the Town of Pageland. 

Greener is a veteran police officer who is leaving a lieutenant's position with the City of Lancaster.  Before relocating to South Carolina, Greenlee served as a law enforcement officer in Florida.







May 4, 2016

Tracy Hatcher named District Teacher of the Year

Tracy Hatcher, representing Cheraw Intermediate School, was named the Chesterfield County School District’s Teacher of the Year.   She has been teaching for 23 years.



May 2, 2016

Shelton arrested for father’s murder

On Thursday, April 28th, Investigators of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office arrested and served a murder warrant on Thomas Carroll Shelton, Jr., 24 years old, of Pageland. He is the son of Thomas Carroll Shelton, who was reported missing by his son on Dec. 8th, 2015. Mr. Shelton Sr. was later found deceased by hunters on Tory Road in Pageland on Dec. 28th, 2015.



April 26

Red truck stolen from Anson County, N.C.

According to Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewitt, the red pickup truck that was used in last weekend's thefts and is shown on the front page of this week's edition of The Link was stolen from Anson County, S.C. Police are still asking the public's help in finding the truck and identifying the thieves. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chesterfield Police Department at (843) 623-2419. More information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available.

April 22, 2016

Lawsuit filed against Chief Deputy Rob Lee and Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

Former Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy Dana Wallace has filed suit against Chesterfield County Chief Deputy Bob Lee and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for alleged actions that took place in 2014, according to the suit, which was filed yesterday.

Among the allegations are that Lee had deputies perform work on his personal property, destroyed evidence in an investigation of then-solicitor Jay Hodge and wrongfully discharged Wallace from his position with the sheriff’s office.

Wallace was accused of filing a false report in April of 2014. He was subsequently terminated from the sheriff’s office and arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division in July. According to the arrest warrant, Wallace claimed to have responded to two separate incidents during the same time frame.

A statement released by Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks this morning said the sheriff’s department will not comment on matters related to pending litigation.


April 19, 2016

Explosion and fire in Cheraw

An explosion in Bomar Gardens last night resulted in a home being destroyed by fire. Cheraw Fire Department responded to the call, along with other emergency agencies. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point, and it is still under investigation.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as it becomes available.
Read the full story in next Tuesday's edition of The Link.


April 15

Rep. Richie Yow today announced that funds to pay for an impact study to widen highway 9 to four lanes from Chesterfield to Pageland have been appropriated.  The estimated cost is between $500,000 and $600,000.  Yow said, “The potential for this project has the capability of leading to the largest economic growth in Chesterfield County’s history.”

April 13, 2016

Pageland Police Department to have independent status

In a special council meeting tonight, Pageland Town Council voted unanimously to transition the Pageland Police Department to independent status effective April 25 at 8 a.m. Capt. Bobby Melton, who has returned from medical leave, will act as temporary ranking officer until a chief is found.
More details will be posted as they become available.
Read the full story in next week's edition of The Link.


April 7, 2016

Conbraco $10.9 Million Expansion Moving Forward

Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an ordinance at last Wednesday's meeting that authorized a property tax incentive and infrastructure improvement package to aid Conbraco in its expansion of its distribution center in Pageland. This economic development is projected to create 62 jobs and $10.9 million of investment within five years bringing the total employment of Conbraco's Pageland facilities to about 300 jobs.

More details will be available in Tuesday's edition of The Link.


March 31, 2016 Candidates in June Primary

The following candidates have filed to run in the Chesterfield County primary June 14. The filing deadline was noon March 30.

This election is for each political party to select its respective candidate for the general election Nov. 8.

Filing for the U.S. Senate are:
Incumbent Tim Scott (R) 
Thomas Dixon (D)
Bill Bledsoe (Libertarian and Constitutionalist)
Jim Hinkle and Rebel Michael Scarborough (American Party)

 
Filing for the U.S. House 7th District are:
Incumbent Tom Rice (R)
Mal Hyman (D)

 
Filing for the S.C. Senate are incumbents:

Vincent Sheheen (D – District 27, Camden)
Gerald Malloy (D – District 29, Hartsville)

 
Filing for S.C. House District 53 are:
Incumbent Richie Yow (R)
Victor Li (D)

Filing for S.C. House District 54 are:
Incumbent Patricia “Pat” Henegan (D)
J.D. Chaplin (R)

Filing for S.C. House District 65 - Incumbent Jay Lucas (R – Hartsville), who is currently Speaker of the House

Filing for Fourth Judicial Circuit Solicitor: Incumbent Will Rogers (D)

Filing for Chesterfield County offices are:
Auditor: Incumbent Jack Rivers (D)  
Clerk of Court: Wanda Miles (D)
Coroner: Incumbent Kip Kiser (D)
Treasurer: Fred Harris (D)

Filing for Chesterfield County Council are:

District 1 (Pageland): Incumbent Eddie Rivers (D)

District 5 (McBee/Cedar Creek): Charlie Short (D) and Ben Teal (D); Roger Byrd (R) and Johnny McKenzie (R)

District 6 (Chesterfield): Hattie Burns (D)

District 7 (Cheraw): Stephanie Cockrell (D) and Ralph Watson (D); Steve Chewning (R)

District 9 (Cheraw): Rhett Butler (D) and Mark Ingram (D).

The deadline for political parties holding primaries to certify candidates to the S.C. State Election Commission and county boards of voter registration and elections is noon April 5.
The deadline to register to vote in the June 14 primaries is May 14.


March 24, 2016

A small plane crashed on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River just north of Cheraw this morning.  According to Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser, the deceased pilot was Walker Jeter Hester, 59.   There were no other passengers on the plane. 

Electricity was out in much of Cheraw this morning and Fire Chief Marvin Murray said that was the most likely reason because the plane clipped a wire.    

Complete details about the crash will be in March 29 issue of The Link.

March 23, 2016
Missing girl
Olivia Parnell was last seen at Darlington, S.C., High School. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department have determined Parnell is not in Chesterfield County. Brooks says there is some indication she may be at the beach. If anyone sees her or has any information, please contact the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 398-4501 or Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department at (843) 623-2101.


March 22, 2016

Pageland Police Chief Larry Brown to retire

In a special meeting of Pageland Town Council tonight, council announced it had accepted Pageland Police Chief Larry Brown's decision to retire effective April 6, 2016. 

Additional information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. 

Read the full story in the next edition of The Link.


March 2, 2016

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks to be Pageland's temporary chief law enforcement official

The Pageland Town Council met tonight with Police Chief Larry Brown and Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks regarding the current staffing issues faced by the Town of Pageland at the Pageland Police Department. After discussion, Sheriff Brooks agreed to serve temporarily as Pageland's chief law enforcement official and provide supplemental law enforcement officers and oversight while staffing issues are solved. Chief Brown will continue to serve under the direction of Sheriff Brooks and Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey to correct staffing deficiencies. Additionally, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has offered increased assistance for traffic related issues.

Additional information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available.



March 2, 2016

Pageland police officers resign

Pageland Town Council has scheduled a meeting for tonight to discuss turmoil within the town’s police department.

Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow Pageland Police Chief Larry Brown to return to the helm of the department March 7 after receiving information from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) that revealed an investigation into Brown has yet to find any sign of criminal activity, although according to SLED Public Information Officer Thom Berry, the investigation is still open. 

Upon hearing of Brown’s reinstatement, several members of the Pageland Police Department submitted their resignations.

“There are no Pageland police officers working today, and we don’t know about tonight,” Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said Wednesday morning. “The sheriff’s department is working to protect the town and will continue to do so until further notice.”

Brooks said the town is also discussing the possibility of entering a contract with the sheriff’s department for protection. Presently, three Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies are assigned to the Pageland area to maintain order. Some Pageland police officers, including a dispatcher, have also agreed to work until Brown resumes office Monday.

Brown has been on paid administrative leave since October when SLED was asked to investigate the department. The inquiry for investigation was made on the heels of a massive gun seizure within town limits; however, no information was ever provided as to exactly what the investigation into Brown or the department was about.

An announcement made at Tuesday’s meeting indicated Brown was cleared of any wrong doing, leading to his being reinstated by town officials. The decision was met with applause from Brown supporters who were present at the meeting. Citizen groups have attended the past three Pageland Town Council meetings to show their support of Brown.

Following council’s announcement Tuesday, Interim Police Chief Randall Lear tendered his resignation, reminding council his agreement was to serve until a decision was made about Brown’s return to the force. As of Wednesday morning, the Pageland Police Department was without a chief, training officer or detective.

Additional information will be posted on Breaking News as it becomes available. 


March 1, 2016

Pageland Town Council announces decision on Brown

Following an executive session of Pageland Town Council tonight, council announced Pageland Police Chief Larry Brown will return to active duty March 7. Council had previously agreed to Police Chief Larry Brown's request for paid administrative leave while he was being investigated by SLED.  According to the announcement tonight, the investigation showed no sign of criminal activity.

More details will be available in Tuesday's edition of The Link.



February 28, 2016

Pageland police seek robbery suspect

The Pageland Police Department is looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Pageland CVS Pharmacy on 205 North Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard in Pageland this weekend.

The suspect is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, approximately 170-200 pounds, and was wearing a blue ski mask, brown hoodie, tan pants, red shirt, gloves on both hands and tennis shoes. If you have any information on the suspect, contact the Pageland Police Department at (843) 672-6437.
 
More details will be available in Tuesday's edition of The Link.


February 27, 2016
Clinton takes county

With a turnout significantly less than the GOP primary the previous week, Hillary Clinton garnered nearly 83 percent of the Chesterfield County vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. Clinton was the choice of 2,209 of the Democrats who voted, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) received 446 votes (16.7 percent) in the unofficial county results that were tabulated by the county elections office one hour and 11 minutes after the polls closed. Martin O'Malley and Willie got the remaining 13 votes. Statewide with a turnout of 12.5 percent, Clinton received 73.4 percent of the ballots, while Sanders picked up 26 percent, with most of his increased support coming from Charleston and Greenville counties.


February 23, 2016

DHEC Gives McBee Green Light to Operate its Waterworks

In a special McBee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, February 23, following a 20 minute executive session to discuss pertinent legal matters, council unanimously approved a motion to accept S.C. DHEC's approval for the town to operate its potable water system.

“We will continue to abide by all DHEC regulations regarding the operation of the water system,” said Mayor John Campolong who made the motion.

Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Company has been selling its water to the town since 1999. In the past several years, McBee has been issued construction permits by DHEC to upgrade its waterworks including last year's purchase and installation of granular activated carbon filters for each of the two town wells. Flow capacity testing of those wells have been on-going since last year.




February 20, 2016

Trump and Cruz Dominate Chesterfield County

With the final unofficial results tabulated in a record one hour and 17 minutes after the polls closed Saturday night, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz combined for nearly 72 percent of the vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary.

Trump tallied 1806 votes (39.96 percent) followed by Cruz with 1434 (31.73 percent), Marco Rubio with 695, Ben Carson with 246, Jeb Bush with 180 and John Kasich with 139.

Statewide, major national news media, including the Associated Press and Fox News, declared Trump the winner with about 34 percent of the vote total followed by Cruz with 22 percent and Rubio with 21 percent.




February 19, 2016


Mt. Croghan man suspected of supplying methamphetamine

Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 60-year-old Mt. Croghan man last week who’s suspected of supplying methamphetamine in the county. More information will be reported in next Tuesday's edition of The Link.


February 3, 2016

County Council Awards EMS Contract to Medshore

Based on the recommendation its finance committee, which conducted interviews of the two finalists, Chesterfield County Council, by a unanimous vote Wednesday, awarded the contract for the new county ambulance service provider to MedSouth Ambulance Service of Anderson.

In November, FirstHealth of the Carolinas notified county administrator Denise Douglass that the company based in Pinehurst, N.C., “will not submit a proposal to renew our Emergency Medical Services System with the Chesterfield County.” However, the change to the new EMS provider is on track to be on amicable terms resulting in a seamless transition. FHC has been the county's EMS provider for 16 years.

The current county contract with FHC, which is $1.4 million yearly or $4.2 million for three years, expires June 30 pursuant to the terms of that existing contract. The new three-year contract with Medsore that is effective July 1 totals $4.41 million, which was about $500,000 less than the other finalist, Heartline Transport Services of Cheraw

Services provided by the new company will continue to include ambulances and personnel to cover the current five stations of Cheraw, Chesterfield, Jefferson, Middendorf and Pageland for 911 calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week year around. Typically, in transitions of EMS contractors, the great majority of the rank and file employees are retained by the incoming contractor.



February 1, 2016

Arrest in Wallace 

A Wallace man has been arrested for dousing his girlfriend with a caustic substance, leaving her in critical condition. More information will be reported in tomorrow's edition of The Link.


January 26, 2016

School Make-up Day Announced


    The 16 schools of the Chesterfield County School District will hold scheduled classes on Monday, February 15, to  make up the instruction that was missed when classes were cancelled on January 22 due to dangerous weather conditions.
    By law, each school district in South Carolina is required to have a minimum of three make-up days to cover for class days cancelled for weather or other bona fide reasons. The other two make-up days on the CCSD 2015-16 calendar for the 7300 district students are January 15 and March 25.
    The school board overseeing the CCSD has delegated the authority to hold classes on these make-up days to the District Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin. February 15 was previously scheduled as an optional staff development day for most district employees.

January 15, 2016

Coach White resigns from Cheraw High


Cheraw head football coach Johnny White has announced he will not be returning for the 2016 season. White led the Braves for 16 years, making it to the playoffs 14 times and advancing to at least the third round in 11 of those seasons. More information about White’s announcement will be included in the Jan. 19 edition of The Link. 

December 29, 2015

Update on missing body

The body found by hunters Saturday afternoon on South Tory Road near Pageland has been sent to Newberry Pathology for an autopsy. As of Dec. 29, the identity is considered inconclusive. The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate and treat this case as a possible homicide.


December 26, 2016


Body found in Pageland

Chesterfield County Sheriff Department is investigating the scene of a body found in Pageland this evening. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says no details can be released at this time. The sheriff's department is working with Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser. 

December 17, 2015

Former sheriff’s deputy arrested

David Rainwater, 42, a former Chesterfield County sheriff's deputy, has been arrested and charged with paying a woman for illicit activities while he was still employed and on duty on more than one occasion.

The charge is misconduct in office, which has a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the case, said the offenses occurred more than once throughout Chesterfield County.

The arrest warrant states that Rainwater was on duty each time the offenses occurred.

Sheriff Jay Brooks said he asked Rainwater to resign when the investigation began.

Rainwater was arrested and placed in the Chesterfield County Detention Center.


December 16, 2015

92 Green Jobs Coming to Pageland

Sun Recycling Inc., a firm that recycles used plastic bottles for use in manufacturing other products, will be investing about $7.3 million dollars and creating 92 full-time equivalent jobs over the next five years in Pageland.

Last wee, at a special meeting, Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an economic incentive package as the final move to bring the international business based in The People's Republic of China to Pageland.

The first incentive established a fee payment to the county in lieu of taxes, the provision of revenue credits and other related matters while the other measure would add land in the Chesterfield County portion in the joint industrial park with Lancaster County. These incentives have become standard procedures by state and local governments to help convince private businesses, including Titan Stainless and Nestle Water, to locate to those government entities.

As requested by county economic development director Kim Burch, county council fast-tracked the incentive package with the approval process done in just six weeks.

According to Burch, the upgraded and expanded waste water treatment system in Pageland was a major criterion for Sun Recycling to locate there.

The new business that will be located in the old screen printers plant will process discarded plastic beverage bottles, known as RPET (recycled polyethylene terephtalate) bottles, into flake form and clean them to specification as raw material for other facilities including the plant in Richburg, S.C. located near Lewisville High School.

In turn, the Richburg plant will transform that material into recycled polyester staple fibers for use in home textiles, furniture, upholstery and automotive industries.

Gutting and retooling of the vacated screen printers plant located on South Pine Street is expected to begin next month.


December 10, 2015

McBee man arrested in connection to shooting

The Darlington County Sheriff's Office has arrested a McBee man in connection to a shooting in Hartsville.

Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Maxwell Deese was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.

December 3, 2015
S.C. Attorney General will not prosecute
The S.C. Attorney General's office has said it will not prosecute in the use of inmate labor to help Chesterfield County Sheriff's deputies handle allegedly stolen property after it was seized in a raid on a home and storage building near Pageland over a month ago. 

    Dec. 2

    Local man killed at Cheraw plant

    Hubert Ray Melton, 45, died from injuries suffered in an incident Monday morning at American Mechanical Piping on Highway 52 in Cheraw, according to Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser.

    Nelson was pronounced dead at McLeod Health Cheraw.

    According to Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser, the S.C. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office are investigating.


    November 18, 2015


    DOT announces bridge closing

    SC DOT closed the bridge over Harris Creek on S-13-80 (Patrick-Society Hill Road) due to structural deterioration. A detour is in place, utilizing S-13-114 (Byrd Road), S-13-115 (Camp Coker Road) and S-13-20 (Society Road) in Chesterfield County. The estimated date of completion is December 31, 2015. 


    November 18, 2015


    FirstHealth announces it will not renew EMS contract

    First Health announced today it will not seek to renew its EMS contract with Chesterfield County next year. The current contract ends June 30, 2016. The company says services will continue until that date unless the county chooses another provider before that time. 
    FirstHealth has provided EMS services for the county since 1999. 

    November 16, 2015

    Pageland has interim police chief

    Former Chesterfield Chief of Police Randall Lear has just been appointed interim police chief of Pageland. More details will be reported in The Link.



    November 3, 2015

    Cheraw election returns

    Results are unofficial and will be confirmed Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

    Mayoral race – Ingram 750; Waymyers 275

    Council – Crawford 132; Butler 124



    November 3

    Bond Denied for Tyson

    Dianne Driggers, Staff Reporter

    Fourth Senior Circuit Judge Paul Burch denied bond for Marques Wanya Tyson this afternoon.  Tyson is charged with one count of attempted murder.  The charge is a felony that carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.



    November 3

    Little Denied Bond

    Dianne Driggers, Staff Reporter

    Fourth Senior Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch denied bond for Rashawn Montez Little who was charged with five counts of attempted murder, a sentence that carries a maximum of 30 years on each of these charges.  

     

    October 30

    Pageland Police Chief on Paid Administrative Leave

    Rebecca Rollins, Staff Reporter

    In an executive session of a special called meeting of Pageland Town Council tonight, council agreed to Police Chief Larry Brown's request for paid administrative leave while he is being investigated by SLED.  More information will be reported when it is available.

    According to Pageland Mayor Jason Evans, Capt. Bobby Melton will serve as interim chief this weekend, and Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey will work to find an interim chief.



    October 27
    Update from Solicitor - Nicholson Denied Bond
       Rebecca Rollins, Staff Reporter

    Chesterfield, SC - Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers announced that this past Sunday, October 25, 2015, Brent Nicholson was denied bond by a Magistrate Judge in a hearing held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center in Chesterfield.  He is currently charged with Receiving Stolen Goods valued at more than $10,000.00.  This offense has a maximum sentence of 10 years. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible once the investigation is complete.




    October 27
    Update from Solicitor - Bond Hearing Scheduled for Little
       Rebecca Rollins, Staff Reporter

    Chesterfield, SC - Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers announced today that a bond hearing has been scheduled for Rayshawn Montez Little on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:00am at the Chesterfield County Courthouse in Chesterfield, South Carolina. Little is currently charged with five (5) counts of Attempted Murder in relation to a shooting incident which occurred in Pageland this past Sunday night.  Little is charged with having fired shots at Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputies as they were responding to a shooting inside a residence on Evans Mill Road, just outside of Pageland, SC.

    Little is facing a maximum sentence of 30 years on each of these charges. The case is under active investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).  




    October 26

    Second Victim  Dies                                                                                                                                            Rebecca Rollins, Staff Reporter         
    Update: As of press time for this week's issue of The Link, there was a single fatality from the shooting in Pageland on October 25. As of 2:00 p.m. Sheriff Jay Brooks informed local media  that a second victim, Tyvon Threat, died at CMC Charlotte, N.C. from injuries sustained from the shooting. Rashawn Montez Little is accused of shooting three people.





    October 24

    Law enforcement officials seize stolen guns in Pageland area home

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks confirmed the number of stolen firearms that had been recovered was between 7,000 to 10,000 guns. Three full tractor trailers had just been seized and taken to the sheriff’s department compound. See The Link Tuesday, October 27, for pictures and the full story. 


    October 5

    Schools on normal schedule

    Chesterfield County Schools will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6. Tuesday, Oct. 6


    October 4

    Chesterfield Schools on two-hour delay 

    Schools in the Chesterfield County School District will operate on a two hour delay Monday, 

    October 5, 2015.  Due to the recent rains, some of the dirt roads have become treacherous.  Allowing this additional time will allow daylight for our students and bus drivers as they run their routes.  As always, safety is paramount and we will continue to monitor the road conditions with our Sheriff’s Office and SCDOT.

    September 25

    Braves Football rescheduled for Monday

    The Cheraw vs River Bluff football game originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight has been rescheduled for  6:30 p.m. Monday.  This decision was made due to the heavy rains this past week.  Marlboro County vs Dillon at Dillon has been rescheduled for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. 

    The Central at Andrew Jackson and Chesterfield vs Indian Land games are still scheduled for tonight.  McBee does not have a game tonight.

    September 2
    County Council suspends Sunday Blue Laws
    ROBERT MONNIE
    Staff Reporter
    Following a public hearing on the measure that received no public input at Wednesday's meeting, Chesterfield County Council approved by a vote of 6-1 an ordinance that suspends indefinitely Sunday blue laws “which, in effect prohibit certain types of work and sale of certain items on Sundays prior to 1:30 p.m.”
    Supporting the ordinance that went into effect immediately were council chair Matt Rivers and council members Lenora Powe, Frank Plyler, Eddie Rivers, Robert Cole and Gerald Miller while council member Al Johnson cast the dissenting vote. Council members Mary Anderson and Doug Curtis were absent.
    The new ordinance is seen by supporters as a pro-business move that is expected to boost Sunday retail sales in the county.
    The suspension of the blue laws will not affect the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages that requires passage of a county-wide or city-wide referendum to sell liquor, wine or beer within that governmental entity on Sundays.
    As an example, under the current South Carolina blue laws that date back to the 17th century, buying a new pair of underwear on Sunday morning in the county is legal, but purchasing a new pair of jeans must wait until 1:30 p.m. Currently, about half of the state's 46 counties have suspended blue laws regarding the sale of retail items excepting alcoholic beverages.



     

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