• District 5 incumbent loses race

    Charles Knight defeated incumbent Elaine Robertson for the District 5 seat on Pageland’s Town Council last Tuesday, 36 votes to 29 votes.
    The 65 voters is a turnout of 29.1 percent of the 223 registered voters.  
    The candidates said they were disappointed in the number of voters.
    Knight said town officials had advised him that the turnout could be small because the District 5 race was the only one on the ballot. Typically, turnout for local races is higher when paired with a countywide, state or national race.

  • Christmas parade is Dec. 9

    Pageland officially begins its Christmas season Dec. 9 with the third annual Old Fashion Christmas parade.
    The parade forms at 5 p.m. at Pageland Elementary School, 715 W. McGregor St., starts at 6 p.m. and ends at the intersection of Poplar and East McGregor streets.
    There is no entry fee, but registration is required. Forms can be picked up at town hall and need to be returned by Nov. 30.

  • Habitat volunteers gather for Pageland build

    Capricia Covington could not put into words how she  felt last Saturday morning.
    “It’s unexplainable,” Covington said as she surveyed the work site on Rupert Courtney lane in Pageland. “It’s finally happening.”
    Slowly, board by board, nail by nail, Covington’s Habitat for Humanity house took shape. She had applied for a Habitat house over a year ago in June.
    Saturday, volunteers started the 10-week process to build Covington a home.

  • Senior Spotlight: Charles Dawkins

    Age:  72
    Town:  Pageland
    Family: Wife, Sue; a son; a daughter; a stepson; a step-daughter; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren
    Church: Smyrna Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Owned Collectible Toys in Fort Mill/worked at Joy Energy in Charlotte.
    Favorite meal: Flounder, shrimp and a salad
    Favorite TV show: I like watching the History Channel.
    How do you spend your days? I do whatever my wife tells me to do.

  • Kristensen can breathe again after lung transplant

    By Arielle Williams
    For the Progressive Journal

    CHERAW – Growing up on a farm in Norway, Fred Kristensen enjoyed caring for animals.  
    But the exposure to dust and mold on the farm, as well as smoking for 10 years, resulted in  the need for a lung transplant.
    Kristensen started having shortness of breath after walking up stairs or doing other tasks, symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  

  • Project 1918: They answered the call

    Nov. 11, 1917, was a Sunday, a time for church, visiting with friends and then a dinner with family. 

    The conversations that day could have been about the downtown fires. An Oct. 21 fire burned four downtown Chesterfield stores – at the time the largest fire in the history of the town. An Oct. 26 fire in downtown Pageland destroyed the offices of the Pageland Journal, the Post Office and two other businesses. Enough printing supplies were removed during the fire, and the newspaper kept printing its Wednesday editions. 

  • Voting today

    Polls for the District 5 Town Council race are open until 7 p.m. today in Pageland.

    Charles Knight is challenging incumbent Elaine Robertson.

    There are two places to vote: the Community Center at 1113 West McGregor St., and the Pageland Fire Department, 111 Poplar Street. 

    There are 223 registered voters in the district. Most vote at the fire station, but 56 registered voters in precinct one can cast their ballot at the Community Center.

  • Two sought in Jefferson armed robbery

    From Release

    JEFFERSON -- The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting information from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division into the armed robbery that occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday  on J.L. Love Road in Jefferson.

    Two masked men assaulted a 37-year-old male as he was walking to his truck. One of the suspects struck the victim in the head with a pistol, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The suspects held the victim at gunpoint, demanding he take them to a gun safe in a shop outside his home.

  • Putting a face with a name

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial lists more than 58,000 names of Americans who died in the war.

    Recently, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has made it one of its missions to put a face with each name. 

    So far they have collected 53,000 photos. Missing are four soldiers from Chesterfield County:   

    • Pfc. Jack N. Louallen of Jefferson, who died March 30, 1969, in the Hua Nghia province.

    • Pfc. John McKay Jr. of Ruby, who died Feb. 13, 1967, in the Binh Dinh province. 

  • Pageland celebrates Veterans Day

    Pageland celebrates Veterans Day 9 a.m. Friday at Moore’s Park. 

    Dr. Joel Dale of First Baptist Church is the master of ceremonies. 

    The Central High School ROTC Color Guard and the children of Petersburg Primary will give the Pledge of Allegiance. 

    Families of veterans who would like to have a flag and plaque in honor or in memory of a veteran should go to the Pageland Town Hall for information. 

    There will be reserved seating for all veterans. The Pageland Fire Department is serving lunch to all veterans present.