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  • Fire destroys apartment complex

    Nine people were displaced after a fire ripped through an apartment complex on Sycamore Street in Pageland last week.

    The Pageland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived, the fire had already broken through the roof, said Chief Eddie Rivers.

  • Community input is focus for new chief

    By KEVIN SMITH

    For the Progressive Journal

    “It’s been a very interesting career,” said new Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee of his 30 years in law enforcement.

    Greenlee has been with the Pageland Police Department for more than five weeks now.

  • County unemployment rate continues to fall

    From release

    The number of working citizens in Chesterfield and Lancaster counties continued its climb to a new record level in May, said Rep. Richie Yow (D-53).

    This helped push the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent in May 2016 from 6.2 percent in May 2015 for Chesterfield County.

    Chesterfield County now has the seventh lowest unemployment rate in the state.

  • Pete Cato got gardening from his mom

    Although he does not have the green thumb his mother once had, a local gardener is pretty content with his method of growing crops.

    Pageland resident Jimmy “Pete” Cato said while everyone has his own opinion about gardening, he thinks the traditional way has worked pretty well for him.

    The 78-year-old gardener plants his crops using the almanac. He has been growing fruits and vegetables for nearly five decades and he intends to continue plowing and hoeing his rows of crops the old fashion way.

  • Gardner wins Miss Watermelon

    From release

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Miss Watermelon of Pageland pageant on June 18 at New Heights Middle School.

    The event takes place each year prior to the town’s popular Watermelon Festival.

    Contestants ranged from babies to young adults. Winning the Miss Watermelon of Pageland title was Kerri Beth Gardner.

  • Town refinances debt on community center

    Pageland Town Council passed the second reading of a general bond ordinance that will allow it to refinance debt on the community center and pay it off sooner.

    Council members met June 20 for a special meeting, where Ordinance 371 was approved unanimously with Councilmen Johnny Knight and Shane Hancock absent. (Knight is recovering from a motorcycle accident.)

    The ordinance allows the town to pay off the debt 24 years sooner, saving the town more than $300,000, said Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey.

  • Three attend Palmetto Girls State
  • Miss Watermelon Spirit makes donation
  • CHESCO services growing by leaps and bounds

    Members of the Pageland Lions Club gained more insight into CHESCO Services during its monthly meeting June 16 at the Palmetto BBQ and Steakhouse in Jefferson.

    Local Lions Club President Richard Strawn introduced Danny Sapp, program coordinator for the CHESCO Workshop in Pageland.

    According to Sapp, CHESCO Services, overall, has tripled in size over the last 10 years he has been there.  He said the agency employs more than 500 workers.

  • Austin: Homeless shelter is for the entire county

    His Hands and Feet Homeless Shelter of Chesterfield County offers much more than temporary housing and meals for those in need.

    The Rev. Dan Austin, guest speaker for the Women Involved in Rural Electrification’s (WIRE) quarterly meeting June 21, said the homeless shelter strives to help men in the program transform their lives spiritually and economically.

    “These are men who have had difficulties and want to turn their lives around,” Austin said.