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  • Pageland's top police officers 'conditionally' reinstated

    The Pageland Town Council has "conditionally" reinstated Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short following almost three hours of deliberation in a closed session Tuesday night.

    No date has been set for Greenlee and Short to resume their duties.

    They were suspended with pay after entering the home of Pfc. Brandon Roberts, who had failed to report for work on May 29.

    Mayor Pro Tem Harold Hutto made the motion to conditionally reinstate the two officers. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Decision on S.C. 9 liquor store in judge’s hands

    COLUMBIA – A Pageland church asked an S.C. judge Tuesday to deny a permit for a liquor store on S.C. 9 because it is incompatible with the neighborhood.

    The liquor-store owner disputes the church’s view, arguing that the area just outside the Pageland town limits has always been commercial.

  • Senior Spotlight: Doretha J. Blakeney

    Age: 89
    Town: Pageland
    Family: One daughter, a son, one step-daughter, two step-sons and several grandchildren and great grandchildren
    Church: Salem United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Taught at Pine Forest Elementary School in McBee/ three years, worked at Cuddy Farms/10 years
    Favorite meal: Seafood
    Favorite TV show: “The Wendy Williams Show”

  • Town council ponders downtown traffic options

    Can a “road diet” help alleviate some of Pageland’s downtown traffic problems?
    McGregor Street could go on a “diet,” turning the 55-foot wide street into three lanes. The center lane would be for turns.
    Currently there are no lane markers, often creating problems as drivers try to make McGregor Street a four-lane road.
    Town officials asked the S.C. Department of Transportation Friday to study the “road diet” and several options to deal with downtown traffic.

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director

    Our summer reading program for adults and children was a tremendous success this year as had record numbers of people to sign up and participate weekly this summer.
    Thanks to businesses which donated prizes for weekly drawings at each branch location.
    I also want to thank our patrons for reading a lot, and for attending programs and activities.

  • Hospice of Chesterfield names new board member

    From release

    Sally Adams of Jefferson has been named to the volunteer board of directors for the Hospice of Chesterfield County.
    Adams and her husband, Carl, reside in Jefferson. She has a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and a master’s degree from  Francis Marion University. She is a certified teacher.  She taught middle and high school mathematics for 34 years and was a teacher specialist in math/science with the SC Department of Education for six years.

  • Lynches River Electric Co-Op offering discount card

    Staff report

    Members of Lynches River Electric Cooperative will soon have the chance to save on more than their electric bill.
    The cooperative recently joined the Touchstone Energy Cooperative, a national network of more than 700 local cooperatives in 47 states.
    The agreement is about customer service and benefits, rather than power generation.

  • Liquor store dispute headed to court

    A South Carolina judge will decide if a Pageland businessman can open a liquor store on S.C. 9 east of the town limits.
    Ethan Foard, owner of EF Construction of the Carolinas, wants to open Highway 9 Liquor & Wine at a former convenience store.
    Members of the Union Hills Missionary Baptist Church don’t want a liquor store there on religious and public safety grounds. The proposed store is about two-tenths of a mile from the church, more than the 500 feet required by law.

  • Searing heat bakes crowds, melons for annual festival

    Pageland police are investigating a Saturday evening incident at the Watermelon Festival that some attendees described as gunshots.
    Police are trying to determine whether the incident was gunshots or firecrackers. Police said there were no injuries. The event happened about 10:30 p.m. near the gazebo.
    Linda Funderburk of Lancaster, however, said she suffered bruises and a cut lip while trying to protect her grandchildren as people rushed to find a safe spot.  

  • Wally the Watermelon creates festival memories

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    “Wally!”
    I turn my body towards where I think the voice came from. The mask I’m wearing is see-through, but only to an extent. I can make out fuzzy shapes but recognizing people’s faces is iffy. It’s even more difficult to find the person who is yelling for me.
    “Wally!”
    I turn the other way. I think the voice came from Jimco’s food truck. Or maybe the slushie stand, or maybe-
    “Kevin, right here.”