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  • Petersburg Primary’s top teacher finds the joy

    Anna Hancock has an impressive resume showing the things she has been taught. 

    She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Coker University. She has a master’s degree in education from Francis Marion University. She is certified in early childhood education and gifted and talent education. 

    She has one of the highest honors, being a National Board Certified Teacher. 

    But it is the things that they don’t teach you how to teach that often bring Hancock the greatest joys with her students. 

  • Bishop Miller’s missions knew no bounds

    Bishop Allen J. Miller founded the Faith Assembly of Christ Church in Pageland, but his mission was seldom confined within the walls of the church.  

    Miller saw his mission as winning souls. 

    So Miller walked the streets of Pageland and traveled to American Indian reservations to reach people. He would hold weeks of service just to save one soul.

    Miller died Feb. 4 at the age of 70. 

  • Pageland Lions’ honor Campbell

    By Kim Mangum 

    Special to the Progressive Journal 

    The Pageland Lion’s Club recently gave Dorcas Campbell an honorary membership. 

    Campbell recently retired as chapter president of the National Federation of the Blind. As president, she has worked closely with the Pageland’s Lion Club and their SightFirst program.  

    SightFirst works with local businesses and communities to schedule low-cost eye exams and provide eyewear for local residents.

  • Plastic bag bill heads to S.C. Senate

    COLUMBIA – Whether town and counties can ban plastic bags is in the hands of the South Carolina Senate. 

    The House has approved legislation that would give the General Assembly the sole authority to regulate plastic bags. 

    The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which opposes plastic-bag bans, spent $30,500 lobbying S.C. lawmakers last year, according to news reports. 

    The Isle of Palms enacted a bag in 2015. Folly Beach, Surfside Beach and Beaufort County followed with similar bans.

  • Central football honors

    All Region selections

    Chosen by coaches from the other schools in the region. 

    Jacob Aldridge-defensive line

    Dajon Funderburk-defensive line

    Jaekwon Hickman-linebacker

    Ty Miller: running back, linebacker (2)

    Quan Chambers-defensive back

    Kevon Wall-running back, defensive back (2)

    BR Hatcher-offensive line

    Zach Harris-offensive line

    Devin Rushing-offensive line

    Curt Chapman-wide receiver

    2017 stats

    Lamar 28, Central 0

  • Central’s Aldridge signs with Newberry

    Jacob Aldridge played his final football game for Central High School this only way he knew how, with all out effort. 

    As a tight end, he make keys blocks. As a defensive end, he pressured the Saluda quarterback.

    “I gave it my all,” Aldridge said. 

    When Central lost the heartbreaking playoff game, 24-21, Aldridge figured, “it was the last time I will put on a football helmet. 

  • Friendship Nine’s ‘Jail, No Bail’ decision milestone in Civil Rights movement

    CHERAW – Listening to the Community Singers belt out the songs, David Williamson had a flashback. 

    He was back at the York County Prison Farm. Williamson and nine of his friends – all but one from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill – were serving a 30-day sentence for simply asking for a hamburger, soda or coffee.

    There was nothing wrong with their food order, just where they placed it. 

  • Weather damages cost town

    Pageland is dealing with unexpected weather-related damages at its police department and its wastewater treatment plan. 

    A flat roof at the police department is leaking. The leak has been is so severe that runoff from the roof quickly fills 50-gallon trash cans in the dispatch room. 

    Police Chief Craig Greenlee said most of the dispatch equipment has been moved to another room. 

    The town is seeking proposals to fix the problem. 

  • Chesterfield ex-teacher faces sexual-misconduct charges

    A former Chesterfield County history teacher and basketball coach has been arrested on sexual-misconduct charges. 

    Christopher Clark, 42, of 108 Chester Park in Chesterfield, was charged last Wednesday with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery. 

    The incidents allegedly happened between December 2016 and December 2017. A sheriff’s statement said the incidents happened while the student attended Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, where Clark was a history teacher. He taught school for almost 20 years.  

  • Maintaining Pageland’s character

    Preserving downtown is back on Pageland Town Council’s agenda tonight.
    One item is a technical correction. The boundaries in the historic district ordinance the council passed at the end of last year don’t agree with previously approved boundaries.
    The council is expected to revise the ordinance to the previous boundaries of Godfrey Street as the north boundary, Maynard Street as the south boundary and Sycamore and Oak streets on the east and west, respectively.