• Money received to renovate armory


    After only 90 days as acting Chesterfield County Sheriff, Rob Lee presented a proposal to the Chesterfield County Council that will save the county more than $1.3 million by refurbishing the old county armory to be used to house most of the department’s offices. He asked for and received $30,000 for the renovation, which he said is being done by his personnel as much as possible.

  • Benefit poker run for Helms is scheduled for Saturday, June 22

    The friends and family of Kenny Helms are doing what they can to make life easier for him.
    Helms, 51, is battling stage IV lung and brain cancer. Helms currently lives with his brother Darrell and Darell’s wife, Linda.

    “He’s still in pretty good spirits,” Linda Helms said. “He’s just getting really tired and we wanted to do what we could for him.”

  • Plans underway for Miss Pageland pageant

    The Miss Pageland Scholarship Organization is hosting The Miss Pageland Watermelon Debutante Pageant on June 15th at the Pageland Community Center.

    The Miss Pageland Watermelon Debutante Pageant is designed to celebrate each young lady and to build self-esteem and self-worth in the young girls in the Pageland area. In a Debutante style pageant each young lady is a winner, receiving a crown, a sash and rose. Each young lady will get to “Walk the Runway” in her tiara and sash to the applause of the audience.

  • Jefferson Dixie Youth kicks off season

    The Jefferson Dixie Youth baseball and softball program started the spring season with the annual Family Day, drawing players and their familes from Jefferson, Bishopville, Bennetsville and Lewisville on Saturday, April 13..
    Miss Pageland Watermelon Brandi Cato addressed the crowd during a special ceremony held at noon.
    Program Director Tommy Cato said more than 400 players are involved in Dixie Youth sports this season.

  • Yard Sale of the Carolinas, May 13

    From release
    Registration is underway for the annual “Yard Sale of the Carolinas” to be held in Chesterfield from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 11. The event will be held in the 200 block of West Main Street in front of the Chesterfield County Courthouse and is co-sponsored by Team Chesterfield and Hospice of Chesterfield County’s Sunshine Shoppe thrift and gift store.
    The yard sale provides an opportunity for individuals, families, civic groups and churches to raise funds.  

  • Walk for Hope was April 13

    More than 300 people gathered in downtown Chesterfield on Saturday, April 13 to honor the memory of Hope Roscoe

    Melton and recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Melton was abducted, assaulted and murdered Dec. 26, 2011 after leaving a Jefferson convenience store.

    Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault organized the event. Victim’s advocate Lisa Baker said South Carolina has a relatively poor record for sexual assaults.

  • Pageland Pride Partnership Committee and Walmart team up

    Progressive Journal Editor
    In conjunction with Pageland’s spring clean-up week, the Pageland Pride Partnership Committee started an improvement project in the downtown green space.
    “This green space project is an expansion of some things that have been done in the past.” Committee member Tommy Rivers said. “The Wal-Mart Distribution Center guys have teamed up with the committee to install an extension of the brick paver patio walkway through the rest of the park.”

  • Dog owners must follow new Jefferson leash law

    Dog owners in Jefferson will now have to keep their furry friends on a leash or otherwise restrained, or face a fine for each offense.
    The Jefferson Council passed second reading of the “leash law” ordinance at their monthly meeting Tuesday, March 12, after fine-tuning the details.
    It was proposed that the fines should be increased for multiple offenses, with a warning for the first violation, a $50 fine for the second offense and then increasing by $50 for each violation with a maximum of $150.

  • Watermelon Queen looking to state crown

    The Miss South Carolina Pageant is the largest non-profit statewide event that provides scholarship opportunities to The Palmetto State’s young women.

    As the winner of the 2012 Miss Watermelon pageant, Brandi Cato will be representing her hometown in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia on July 5 through 13.

    Each contestant is required to present a platform, a cause they feel passionate about. Cato’s platform is “Read to Succeed.”

  • USPS works on modified post plan for 2013

    Two Pageland area U.S. Post Offices will be affected by proposed changes to operation hours.
    2013 marks end of the first phase of a two-phase 18-month plan to reform the United States Postal Service.

    USPS marks the rapid decline in the use of First-Class Mail as the reason for the modifications in order to “gain important efficiencies and help return the organization to financial stability,’ and has a plan to achieve $1.2 billion in annual savings by February and $2.1 billion in annual savings by 2014.

    The plan is part of a larger plan to reduce $20 billion in postal costs by 2015.