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  • Rematch: Brooks, Dixon running for sheriff

    Chesterfield County voters have one contested local race in the upcoming Democratic June primary – Sheriff Jay Brooks against James Dixon.

    It is a rematch of the 2014 primary where Dixon initially got more votes than Brooks, but not enough to win outright.
    In a runoff election, Brooks got 51 percent of the vote compared to 48.5 percent for Dixon. The margin of victory was 189 votes.

  • Saving graces

    The most common excuses people give for not donating blood are they are scared of the needle or they are too busy.
    The American Red Cross estimates 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent donate – even though every two seconds, someone in the country needs blood.
    The Fultons of Pageland want to thank that 10 percent.

  • Ingram seeks re-election

    From release

    Chesterfield County Probate Judge, Gail B. Ingram is seeking reelection.
    Judge Ingram said her office has made major strides in her first term with the probate court being run efficiently and productively within the budget even in the midst of major remodeling of the Courthouse.
    Despite the challenges of working in the middle of construction, Ingram said she and her staff continue to provide excellent “customer service.”

  • Former Chesterfield County councilman joins PR firm

    From release

    MOUNT PLEASANT – Former Chesterfield County Councilman Crawford Moore is a partner in Harbor PR, a new strategic communications, public affairs, public relations and crisis management firm based in Mount Pleasant.
    His partners are Will Haynie and Steve Weintz.
    Moore, is the mayor pro tem of Edisto Beach and brings a background in public relations, business, non-profit, fund raising, and government relations to the business.

  • Chesterfield County working on 2020 Census

    Verifying addresses, the first of several critical steps for a full accounting of residents in Chesterfield County for the 2020 Census, is under way.
    Under the direction of Chad Arant, the county’s GIS administrator, workers are making sure that every legal address is provided to the U.S. Census – and accepted. The work includes providing geodata, the exact longitude and latitude of the address, to the U.S. Census.

  • Council considers bond for sewer line

    The Pageland Town Council meets Thursday to consider a $1.5 million bond to improve its sewer lines.
    The council approved first reading of the ordinance last week. Two readings are required before the council can vote on the bond.
    Replacing the sewer lines is part of the town’s effort to upgrade its sewer system.
    This bond would pay for replacing 18,000 feet of sewer lines, most installed in the 1970s, said Town Manager Cecil Kimrey.

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Rice facing challengers

    Incumbent U.S. Rep Tom Rice is facing a primary challenger, as well as a Democratic opponent for reelection, according to early campaign filings.
    Larry Guy Hammond of Horry County is challenging Rice in the June 12 Republican primary.
    Mal Hyman of Hartsville has filed as a Democrat for the 7th Congressional District.
    Hyman lost to Rice in 2016 by about 64,000 votes. Rice received 61 percent of the vote in that election.
    Hyman is holding a big campaign kickoff event today at Coker College, where he is a sociology and political science professor.

  • Progressive Journal wins 8 awards

    The Progressive Journal won eight awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual banquet Saturday.
    The paper won first-place awards for news, feature and sports writing, second-place awards for sports feature photography and page-one design, second- and third-place awards for photo page designs and a third-place award for news feature photography.

  • Chesterfield sorority chapter donates shoes to Jamaica

    When members of the Chesterfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority learned children in Jamaica needed shoes, they didn’t hesitate.
    Sorority members partnered with Shortwood Practising School in Kingston, Jamaica, to provide new shoes for fifth graders at the school as one of their International Awareness and Involvement projects. Their donations purchased 36 pairs of shoes for Jamaican families.

  • Pageland Town Council actions

    Actions taken at the recent Pageland Town Council meeting include:
    ◆ Announced the town’s spring clean up will be April 9 through April 13.
    ◆ Authorized town manager Cecil Kimrey to have the town pick up furniture that has been left curbside and then bill the property owner through the water bill. Kimrey said this is a one-time problem and is not something the town wants to do as policy.