• S.C. 9 liquor store license approved

    A S.C. judge has approved the license for Highway 9 Liquor & Wine on S.C. 9 outside of Pageland. 

    Administrative Law Court Judge Shirley Robinson said the she understood and was “emphatic” to Union Hills Missionary Baptist Church’s opposition to the liquor store but there was “simply no legal basis” to deny Ethan Foard’s application. 

    The church said a liquor store would affect the safety of children that live in the area.  

  • Arrested school bus driver met district requirements

    A Chesterfield County school bus operator arrested this week for driving under the influence met the district’s requirements to be a driver, said county school Superintendent Harrison Goodwin.

    Angela Caldwell of Jefferson was arrested Aug. 28 after witnesses called 911 saying they saw her driving erratically near Airport Road and S.C. 265, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and Goodwin.

    It was about 7:30 a.m. and she had five students on her bus, three from Central High School and two from New Heights Middle School, said Goodwin.

  • Targeting speeding trucks

    Two Pageland business owners are trying to slow the traffic on McGregor and Pearl streets and make downtown safer.
    Elizabeth Smith, owner of New Creations Embroidery and Gifts, has purchased a radar gun. She occasionally stands on the stoop of her building, pointing it at trucks. The first time she used it, she clocked a truck at 62 mph in a 25 zone.
    Across the street, Mack Nicholson of Melon Beach occasionally stands outside his store, giving drivers the “go slow” motion with his hands.

  • Bus driver arrested for DUI

    A Chesterfield County school bus driver was arrested Monday morning on driving under the influence charges. Five high-school aged students were on her bus.
    Angela Caldwell of Jefferson was arrested after a resident noticed a school bus driving erratically near the intersection of Airport Road and S.C. 265 about 7:30 a.m..  A resident flagged down a State Transport Police officer who investigated the incident.

  • Cato joins paper’s staff

    Pageland native Melinda C. Cato, is the new part-time office receptionist for the Progressive Journal.
    Cato joined the staff August 22. She is looking forward to working as a team member on the staff as the paper progresses to a new level.
    “Hometown papers are so important,” Cato said. “I’ve always liked reading my hometown paper and I pretty much know everybody that’s in it.”

  • Reading could be ticket to S.C.-Clemson game

    From release

    The South Carolina Department of Education has partnered with the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to present “Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest.”
    The contest is for students in Pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Student winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson-South Carolina game on Nov. 25. Teachers can receive prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000.
    Pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students who read six books by Nov. 10 will qualify for the contest.

  • Senior Spotlight: William "Bill" Stubbs

    Age:  84
    Town:  Chesterfield
    Family:  Wife, Margery; Two sons; one daughter and four grandchildren
    Church:  St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from:  Chesterfield County School District as supervisor for elementary schools/21 years with the district/former teacher and principal for Bennettsville Elementary/Region Five Education Service Center in Lancaster/First head master at Marlboro Academy
    Favorite meal:  Seafood and ice cream

  • Hospice of Chesterfield County holding Christmas card contest

    From release

  • Annual Jefferson Blue Jay Pageant crowns eight winners

    Thirty-one contestants vied for titles Saturday at the 7th Annual Jefferson Blue Jay Pageant. They competed in seven different age groups, from toddler to adult.
    Awards were also given for the best eyes, best smile and best hair and most photogenic in each age category.
    The winners represent Jefferson at local parades, the Blue Jay Breast Cancer Run, the Hospice Tree Lighting and other events.
    The pageant organizer was Ashley Threatt.

  • DHEC distributing KI tablets in zones near nuclear power plants

    From release

    South Carolina has received 1,200,600 adult doses of Potassium Iodide for distribution within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zones of five nuclear plants, including the Robinson Nuclear Station south of McBee.
    Supplies of the Potassium Iodide tablet, also know as KI, have been distributed to health departments in 13 counties.
    People living or working within the 10-mile zone can pick up tablets for themselves and their families for free.