• Blessings Center offers novel way to collect canned foods


    From release


    A canned good a day keeps hunger away.

  • Isn't he lovely?

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    Over $8,000 was raised before and during the first annual Miss’d South Carolina Womanless Beauty Pageant Oct. 15. A crowd of more than 300 watched as 14 contestants flaunted and sashayed their way across the stage in an evening gown competition, followed by a talent performance and the crowning of the winner.

  • Ex-deputy sues Lee, Brooks

    A former Chesterfield County deputy who pleaded guilty to misconduct in office earlier this year filed a lawsuit on Monday that alleges misconduct in office by the county’s two top law officers.
    David Rainwater filed the lawsuit against Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks and Undersheriff Rob Lee.
    The suit accuses Lee of wrongful termination, loss of pay, civil conspiracy, false arrest, false imprisonment and battery. Rainwater is requesting a jury trial to seek damages, attorney fees and court costs.  

  • ‘You have to fight the good fight of faith’

    October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is an annual campaign to bring increased awareness of the disease and to encourage women and men to be proactive in the fight against the disease.  With this concept in mind, the PPJ is running a series of articles about people who have survived the disease.

    Jamie Robinson Miller was diagnosed with stage four cancer in the bone of her neck Dec. 14, 2012.
    It was later detected that the cancer had actually started in her left breast.

  • pARTicipate in the Arts

    From release

    The Cheraw Arts Commission will feature Artful Antics – After School Art Lessons on Tuesdays at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe Street. 
    Local artist and educator Melanie Trusky of Palmetto Paintbrush will provide instruction for small groups or individuals.
    The weekly classes are geared for children of all abilities in grades 4K-12. Students will explore a variety of mediums while learning about artists and artistic styles. 

  • Hospice accepting entries for county Christmas parade

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County, along with the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor the 27th annual Chesterfield County Christmas Parade.  
    The parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street in downtown Chesterfield.
    Churches, civic groups, businesses and schools are encouraged to enter “homemade” floats with lighting being encouraged.
    Best float prizes will be awarded as follows:  grand prize, $300; second place, $200; and third place, $100.  

  • Erica Parsons body found near Mt. Croghan


    Chesterfield County was the scene of a sad conclusion last week in the five-year case of a missing Rowan County, N.C., girl.

    The skeletal remains of 13-year-old Erica Parsons were removed from a shallow grave about one mile off S.C. 9 near Mt. Croghan, said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks.

  • Hunger pains

    Hunger: It’s hard for some people to fathom while it’s commonplace for too many families.

    What if you had to choose between buying food and paying utilities? Seventy-eight percent of people in this region have to. And 71 percent have to choose between buying groceries and getting prescriptions filled, according to Harvest Hope.

    Hunger is real, and Food Lion and Pageland’s Door of Hope Ministries are helping to relieve the hunger pains.

  • Mt. Croghan man dies in car accident

    The eighth person has died in a traffic fatality in Chesterfield County this year.

    Charlie Franklin Hancock Jr., 50, of Mt. Croghan, was pronounced dead at the scene in the Sept. 20 accident, which occurred at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 52, a mile north of Cheraw.

    Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident involved a 2015 Freightliner, driven by Earl Bolen, 48, of Hammer, and a 2004 Nissan pickup, driven by Melissa Dunn, 38, of Wallace.

    Details of how the accident happened were not available at press-time.

  • Meet Your Police Officers

    The Pageland Police Department’s newest officers say they want to be involved in the community and build trust with local residents.

    Officers Marcia Miller and Steven Roberts, who joined the PPD Sept. 19, both say they are “people persons” who love getting out in the community and talking with local residents.

    “With all the things going on in the news now, I want people to know they can trust police officers,” Miller said.