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  • Parade of Power

    By KEVIN SMITH
    For the Progressive Journal

  • Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain is acting police chief

    Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain was appointed interim chief of the Pageland Police Department June 2.
    McIlwain is temporarily leading the department pending a SLED investigation of Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short.  
    Greenlee and Short are accused of breaking into the home of another officer of the department on May 29.

  • ‘24 Karat Magic’ at annual pageant

    By KEVIN SMITH
    For the Progressive Journal

    Twenty-seven contestants in six age groups took the stage Saturday night in the Miss Pageland Pageant, one of the county’s premier annual events.
    Sixteen winners were crowned, including 2017 Miss Pageland Jenna Lewis, and two other judges’ awards were given out.
    Professional sound filled the venue as contestants strutted down the 68-foot runway in fashion shimmering with gold to match the pageant’s theme: 24 Karat Magic.

  • ‘If I think it, I can do it’

    Jefferson resident Dedra Chanta Ellis was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica, a rare disorder similar to multiple sclerosis, in 2009.
    Since that time, Ellis has had problems with mobility and depends upon a wheelchair or a rollator to get around.
    A 1987 graduate of Central High, Ellis said she was on a cruise to the Bahamas when she first realized something was not right with her.
    “I just started falling and had to sit down until I could get back up myself,” Ellis recalled. “I was irritable and had a lot of fatigue and no appetite.”

  • Pageland Town Council receives good audit report

    The town of Pageland received a good financial audit report for 2016 during the Town Council’s regular meeting June 6.
    K. Eve McCoy, longtime independent auditor for Pageland, congratulated the town for operating in surplus with its general and hospitality funds for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016.
    “Excess of the revenues is always where you want to be,” McCoy said.
    Before her presentation before Town Council, McCoy gave each council member a booklet containing her audit of the town’s financial report for the year 2016.

  • Senior Spotlight: Odessa R. Caldwell

    Age: 90                                                                             
    Town: Pageland

  • Hospice sets date for ‘Camp Sunshine’

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County is sponsoring a one-day bereavement camp for children in Chesterfield and surrounding counties who have experienced loss.  
    The 19th annual Camp Sunshine is planned for children ages five to 12 who have experienced a death in the family and would benefit from a planned activity to help them cope.  
    Camp Sunshine will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Chesterfield Family YMCA on SC 9 in Chesterfield.  

  • United Way helping Pathfinders grow and serve local children

    From release

    The playground stands empty today, but in a few days it will be bustling with about 50 young boys and girls who will be attending summer camp at Pathfinders United in Cheraw.
    During the summer, it becomes an all-day summer camp.

  • ‘Isn’t it time we talk’ about advance planning

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County is sponsoring a “Lunch & Learn” for the community on Wednesday, June 28, at Northeastern Technical College’s Auditorium, on S.C. 9 in Cheraw.  
    Cliff McBride, an attorney with S.C. Legal Services and Chesterfield County Probate Judge Gail Ingram will present information on advance care planning.  
    Caregivers are welcomed to attend as many are involved in making decisions regarding end of life for their parents.  

  • ‘Round Up’ to help United Way

    From release
    Piggly Wiggly of Chesterfield is partnering with United Way of Chesterfield County again to give its customers an opportunity to donate to United Way.
    Piggly Wiggly of Central South Carolina will conducte the “Round Up” program in its 14 stores across nine S.C. counties.
    Piggly Wiggly owner Ricky McLeod has agreed to support United Way using the “Round Up’ fundraiser. Simply put, customers are asked by cashiers to round up their purchase to the next dollar to benefit United Way.