Pageland’s Watermelon Festival opens Friday at 3 p.m. with its traditional lineup of events: the parade, the Melon Mile 5K, melon eating and spittin’ contests, amusement rides, a rodeo, car show, and music.
    But festival executive director Darron Kirkley says this year’s event is different, even if you can’t see the changes.
    This year incudes a new rodeo company, new amusement rides and new bands.

  • Pageland Town Council awaits SLED report

    Pageland’s top two police officers will remain on paid administrative leave as the town council waits for a state investigative report about the allegation that they broke into an employee’s home.
    After deliberating for about an hour last Tuesday in closed session, the council voted to keep Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short on paid leave until the town receives the report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

  • Pageland to survey streets for possible paving

    The Pageland Town Council approved spending $4,000 to survey streets near North Arant Street for paving, possibly leading to new housing construction in the area.
    Areas to be surveyed are Elizabeth Street, which is unpaved, and a portion of Sewell and Vine streets.

  • Pageland adopts food truck ordinance

    A newly adopted town ordinance could be expanded to cover food vendors at the annual Pageland Watermelon Festival.
    The town council adopted a new ordinance for food trucks at its July 11 meeting. The ordinance covers vendors operating ice cream or snow cone trucks, grocery trucks, pushcarts, food truck or trailers and canteen or pre-packaged vendors. The ordinance passed unanimously.

  • Sutton preserves exotic animals

    Carlyle Sutton, owner of Sutton’s Taxidermy in Pageland, has been preserving memories for people for 25 years, working on everything from from alligators to zebras.
    “Basically, they bring me their trophies, and I fix them,” said Sutton.
    While most of his customers are from North and South Carolina, he provides taxidermy service to people in states as far away as California and Colorado.
    Sutton became interested in taxidermy at a young age.

  • Senior Spotlight: Sandra R. Greene

    Age:  79
    Town:  Pageland
    Family and pets:  Husband, David; a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and a dog, Benji
    Church:  First Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from:  Professional artist/retired kindergarten teacher
    Favorite meal:  Seafood
    Favorite TV show:  Home and Garden TV
    How do you spend your days?  Being out in the garden in the early mornings and late evenings
    Where is the last place you traveled?   Myrtle Beach

  • American Legion Post 92 honors Boys State participants

    The American Legion Post 92 recently honored local delegates to the Palmetto Boys State which was held at Anderson University from June 11-17.
    Delegates told Legion members about their experiences during a July 11 supper.
    Boys State participants, representing Smith-Graves Post 92 in Pageland, were Glenn Angeles, Dae’John Bracey, Charles Lee Meade, Cody Justin Taylor, and Kevon Ma’lik Wall from Central High, and John Ethan Wise from South Pointe Christian. Wise did not attend the July 11 supper.

  • Coping at Camp Sunshine

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County recently held its 19th annual bereavement camp, Camp Sunshine.
    Fifteen children attended the one-day camp at the Chesterfield YMCA.
    The camp is designed to help children to cope with the recent loss of a family member.
    Activities included crafts, swimming, and play therapy led by Dawn White.

  • Pageland’s own Megan Nicholson makes festival debut

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal
    “We’re Not Crazy.” “Make It Last.” “I’m Your Girl.”
    Megan Nicholson sits calmly, waiting to take the stage at the Ball Theater in Pageland.
    She may seem calm, but her mind moves a thousand miles a minutes as she goes over the set list. This is just one way Nicholson deals with what she calls “terrible” performance anxiety.
    “Keeper.” “Heal Me Now.”

  • Friday’s headliner Roberts knows Watermelon Festival very well

    Growing up in Lancaster, Julie Roberts always wanted to be a country singer.
    “I never knew I wanted to be anything else,” she said.
    She sang at every local pageant, festival and fair possible, learning her craft. Her mother, Sandra, liked country music, and Roberts soon adopted her mother’s favorite singers as her own – Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Trisha Yearwood and above all, Barbara Mandrell.