• Senior Spotlights to Remember

    Katherine Thaxton (Jan. 1)

    “The Waltons” is my favorite television show because I grew up during the Great Depression, and the story is set during that era.

    Samuel Jackson (Jan 17)

    I sang baritone with a quartet during high school at Petersburg School.

    Pearl Arant (Jan 31)

    I operated the first beauty salon in Pageland

    Catherine “Cat” Robertson (March 21) 

    I was the first Mrs. Pageland Watermelon Queen, 1970.

  • 18 graduate NETC’s Practical Nursing Program

    From release 

    CHERAW – Eighteen Northeastern Technical College students made a pledge to the nursing profession Dec. 7, during the practical nursing pinning ceremony. 

  • 11 graduate NETC Nursing Assistant program

    From release 

    Eleven students recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College’s nursing assistant program. 

    Nursing assistant graduates were: Leah Bryant of Bennettsville, Lisandra Burgos of Bennettsville, Marie Collins of Bennettsville, Patricia Cue of Cheraw, Stormy Edwards of Cheraw, Brittany Freeman of Bennettsville, Carrie Hayes of Bennettsville, Kaylan Jackson of Bennettsville, Angelica Jovenal of Cheraw, Mary Adger Lee of Chesterfield, and Jessica Strickland of Wallace. 

  • Taco Bell incident being investigated

    Pageland police are investigating a Dec. 20 incident at the Taco Bell, 204 Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard.
    Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. someone fired what is believed to be a pellet gun at the restaurant, said Ashley Page, director of operations for the restaurant.
    Page said there was one customer in the restaurant as well as employees.
    “No one was in danger,” he said.
    The store has double-paned windows. The projectile did not reach the second pane, Page said.

  • It’s not too late to write Santa

    Before departing from Pageland for the North Pole last week Santa Claus shared some last-minute advice for those still working on their letters to him.
    • “Please be specific” when making your list.
    • “Children need to remember, have they been good all year? Santa has been watching.”
    • Christmas gifts are special “when they ask for what is in the heart.”
    • “Don’t forget to write, I get millions of letters and I read them all. It brings me a lot of joy.”

  • Central students offer prayers after cyber threats

    When cyber threats were made against their school, some Central High School students turned to God.
    They gathered at the school’s flag pole in the cold temperatures last Wednesday, praying for their school and community.
    Central High sophomore Luke Deese, who organized the event, said, “With all of the things happening here lately, we just needed God’s help.”
    About 35 people stood united at Central. There were students – not all of them from Central – as well as residents and spiritual leaders.

  • Shoppers counting down to Christmas

    The Progressive Journal

    The days to find that special Christmas gift are dwindling.
    The Progressive Journal team of Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson were out last week and Monday, doing some last-minute shopping in Pageland, Jefferson and Ruby.

  • A Soldier Writes from Greenville to Home Folks

    Reprinted from the Pageland Journal front page, Dec. 26, 1917
    Excerpts from letter sent to W.R. Huneycutt from his son, C.F. Huneycutt, Co. I, 118th Infantry.

    Guess I won’t get home for Christmas. If Santa brings me anything you can save it for me.
    I suppose by this time next year we will be in the trenches – God only knows where.
    They are now saying we will go to Italy.

  • Sheriff warns of telephone scams

    From release

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in possible telephone scams recently.
    “Over the past several weeks, we’ve had several reports of people who have received phone calls from individuals asking for personal information such as birthdays, social security numbers and bank account or credit card numbers,” Sheriff Jay Brooks said. “Specific reports have included calls from people claiming to be representatives of Medicare, the IRS or law enforcement agencies serving warrants.”

  • Newspaper delivery truck struck

    A truck delivering the Progressive Journal was struck and ended up in a ditch outside the newspaper’s office on Dec. 12.
    The accident happened about 6 a.m.
    Jerry Lee Deese, 73, of Lancaster, was driving the truck. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in Monroe.
    The truck was struck by a 2011 Hyundai four-door sedan driven by Sheketa Lashay Funderburk, 31, of Pageland. Henry Winchester, 30, of Pageland was a passenger in the car. The car had significant front-end damage.