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  • 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.

  • Forestry commission issues Red Flag Fire Alert for entire state

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Forestry Commission issued a Red Flag Fire Alert for the entire state early  Friday, Feb. 13.

  • Jail officers charged with misconduct

    Two Chesterfield County Detention Center correctional officers have been charged with misconduct in office, furnishing contraband to inmates and sexual misconduct with inmates.

    On July 27, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office investigator, First Sgt. Daniel Scott, was asked by Lt. Wayne Jordan to meet with jail administrator Sheila Gillespie in reference to allegations made against her correctional officers, according to sheriff’s reports.

  • Pageland Watermelon Festival Pageant is Saturday

    By KIMBERLY HARRINGTON

    Progressive Journal Editor

    Who will be the next queen to represent the largest festival in Chesterfield County?

    In four days, the next Miss Watermelon Festival will be crowned at New Heights Middle School on June 21.

    New this year will be a master’s division for little boys said Darron Kirkley, Watermelon Festival coordinator.

    The following are the divisions and ages that will be competing:

    Dress Wear Only(pageant or Sunday best accepted

  • School Board passes first reading of budget

    By Laura Caskey

    Progressive Journal reporter

    The main topic of business at the June 9 Chesterfield County School Board meeting was the first reading of the proposed 2014-15 school year budget.

    In previous years, the first reading of the budget has been passed at the end of April, but due to holdups on the state level, the first reading was presented at this month’s meeting.

  • Hodges to speak at NETC graduation

    Northeastern Technical College announced last week that former S.C. Governor James H. “Jim” Hodges will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 41st commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m., in the Cheraw High School Gymnasium.  

  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Chesterfield County through 2 p.m. today, Feb. 21.

  • New council members get down to business

    Two incumbents and a newcomer were sworn in as council members during the 2014 initial meeting of Pageland Town Council on Jan. 7.
    The trio included returnees Johnny Knight, representing District 6, Joe Clontz, representing District 6, and serving her first-ever term as council member Elaine Robertson, representing District 5.
    Jason Evans, who previously represented District 5, was sworn in as Pageland’s new mayor.
    Evans recommended Clontz as mayor pro tem and the motion was seconded and approved.

  • Judge issues gag order in Melton case

    LANCASTER – A gag order has been imposed and records sealed in the high-profile capital murder case of a Chesterfield man charged with abducting and murdering a Kershaw woman in late 2011.
    Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 25, of Jefferson, is charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the Dec. 26, 2011, death of Beverly Hope Melton, 30.