• Missing woman found dead in murder-suicide

    The body of a Pageland woman who was reported missing last week was found Friday in a shallow grave outside of town.

    The body of her boyfriend, the prime suspect, was found on Saturday in what law officials are calling a murder suicide.

    Pageland Police, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner held a press conference on Monday at the Pageland Police Department.

    Ternetha Ann Bennett, 51, of 402 E. McGregor Street, was reported missing by her boyfriend, William Lazar Grant, 49, on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

  • Dump truck driver dies in crash

    A driver was killed in a one-car accident on Wednesday, Aug. 17, near Pageland.

    According to Trooper Joe Hovis of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver was traveling south in a 2013 Western Star dump truck on Ozburn Road, about seven miles south of Pageland at 9:25 a.m.

    The driver ran off the road and over-corrected. The vehicle overturned. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

    The victim was transported to CMC Union in Monroe, N.C., and then by helicopter to CMC Pineville, where the victim succumbed to injuries.



  • There she (he) is, Ms. Blessings

    And the winner is, Ms. Anita Applebottom.

    But most know him as Jason Evans, the mayor of Pageland.

    Evans won the Ms. Blessings Womanless Pageant on Saturday night, held at New Heights Middle School.

    Among the six contestants, Evans raised the most money earning him the crown. (Sheriff Jay Brooks could not participate due to a criminal investigation.)

    Runner-up was Ms. Orange Tiger Lilly, known by most as Joel Dale, pastor of Pageland First Baptist Church.

    Winning Best in Interview was Ms. Sugarplum, otherwise known as Jack Rhyne.

  • Town to buy land for new Town Hall

    Pageland Town Council plans to buy land to build a new Town Hall.

    After a little more than an hour in closed session at its July 5 meeting, Town Council returned and took three major actions.

    First, it authorized Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey and attorney Adam Foard to draft a contract to purchase land at the corner of Pearl, Sycamore and Sewell streets to build a new Town Hall.

    The property is owned by Miguel Moreno and Angel, et al. The land deal has not been finalized.  Once it is, the design of the building will be the next phase.

  • Say cheese!

    A Jefferson native turned “an ugly smile” into a beautiful opportunity.

    “I was teased a lot for having spaces between my teeth as a kid and having an ugly smile,” said Dr. Jennifer Meadows-Cancelliere, a general dentist practicing in Florida.

    The 2002 graduate of Central High School said being teased for something she had never acknowledged as a problem killed her self-esteem.

  • Back to Petersburg reunion

    Former students of Petersburg High School enjoyed reminiscing about old school days as they gathered for their 13th “Back to Petersburg” reunion July 1-2.

    The reunion, sponsored by the classes of 1945-1968, took place at Petersburg Primary in Pageland.  The reunion was first held in 1992 and takes place every two years.

    About 75 people attended the “Meet and Greet” on Friday evening, according to Gerald “Mickey” Baker, reunion president and class of 1965.

  • Watermelon: It does a body good


    For the Progressive Journal

    Millions of people across the nation have grown to love the taste of freshly cut watermelon, but many of them are still unaware of the numerous health benefits of eating this delicious fruit that is also a vegetable.

    So, exactly how is watermelon beneficial to your health?

    Watermelon contains many things, such as lycopene, which is usually found in red fruits and vegetables, which allows it to improve the human body. 

  • Jefferson Auto parts is a two-fold business

    The manager of Jefferson Auto Parts said the business has been a plus for the town for more than one reason.

    For one, Tommy Tice said there are a lot of local farmers who need a place to get parts for their tractors and trucks.

    The business, located at 324 S. Main St., sells parts for cars, trucks and other vehicles.  It even has a select inventory for tractors, Tice said.

  • Weekend cook eyes culinary career


    For the Progressive Journal

    Courtney Sims looks over the counter at In & Out Mini Mart. She’s short, so customers have to meet her halfway.

    “What’ll y’all have today?” she asks.

    Kim, my girlfriend, gets her usual toasted turkey and cheese with bacon. I go with two hot dogs all the way and a basket of tater tots. We leave the counter to collect our drinks and find a seat. A few minutes later Sims brings us our food.

  • Springhill fun day