• Central social media threat ‘not credible’

    A social-media warning to “not come to school, I’m gonna’ shoot up the school,” threatened the security of Central High School students and staff on Dec. 7.
    Investigating Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies took slightly more than three hours the evening of Dec. 6 to determine that the threat was not credible.
    The student who made the threat did not have access to weapons or a vehicle, said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks on Friday.

  • Shop local for big boy toys

    The Progressive Journal

    With Christmas just around the corner, big boys are looking for big boy toys.
    Progressive Journal holiday shoppers Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson took to the streets last week to find the last-minute local deals for the “big items” on a man’s Christmas list.
    “The only difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys,” said Larry Courtney, owner of Custom Carts of Pageland.

  • Senior Spotlight: Charles Edward Tyson

    Age: 68
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Debbie; four daughters and four grandchildren
    Church: Mt. Harmon Missionary Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Assistant colorist at Screwmatics, 14 years; Conbraco, 18 years and Screen Printers, 8 years
    Favorite meal: Mac & cheese, fatback, pinto beans and cornbread
    Favorite TV show: “Family Feud with Steve Harvey”
    How do you spend your days? I visit and help people in the community.

  • Pageland Council considers take-home policy for police cars

    The Pageland Police Department and the town council continue to tweak a proposed policy that would allow officers to take their patrol cars home.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee wants the policy because it would increase the visibility of his department in the town, promote community policing, and would be a tool in attracting and retaining police officers.
    The Town Council discussed the proposed policy at its Dec. 5 meeting.
    As proposed, officers who live within 15 miles of Pageland would be eligible to take their patrol vehicles home.

  • Slight rock shift quakes Pageland

    The Granite Pageland Pluton has had a couple of stressful days in 2017.
    In the early morning hours of May 18 and Nov. 24, the stress became too much and the pluton cracked ever so slightly, about the size of a thumbnail or less.
    The release, or relief from, the stress – so intense at times it rings like a bell – was hardly noticed by most. But it wasn’t unexpected to the folks at the U.S. Geological Survey and the S.C. Seismic Center.

  • Freedom Fund banquet celebrates ‘History with a Purpose’

    Kenya C. Miller of Jefferson stood before the Pageland branch of the NAACP on Saturday, reflecting on the history of the Civil Rights movement.
    She recounted the accomplishments of African Americans who played major roles in abolishing slavery and Jim Crow laws, and creating the NAACP.
    She spoke about Harriet Tubman, Charles Hamilton Houston, W.E.B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks.

  • Pageland town council considers budget

    The Pageland Town Council will consider adopting its budget for 2018 fiscal year at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
    Also on the agenda is the hospitality tax budget for the upcoming year.
    The council will also review possible changes to the ordinance that restricts the types of vehicles that can be parked in residential areas; a funding request by the American Legion, request by Tucker Lumber and a policy to allow Pageland police officers to take police vehicles home.

  • Senior Spotlight: Otis Burch

    Age: 87
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Three girls, two boys, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren
    Church: Oro United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Perfect Fit, Monroe, N.C./47.5 years; and farming
    Favorite meal: Linked sausage, grits, eggs and coffee
    Favorite TV show: Westerns

  • Hospitality and deals for holiday shoppers

    Progressive Journal

    The joyful sounds of Christmas music playing throughout a store. Stores with Christmas trees and special decor. It gets you into the holiday spirit quickly.
    The Progressive Journal’s shopping team of Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, with visions of deals dancing through their heads, found that atmosphere at New Creations Embroidery and Gifts in downtown Pageland.

  • Senior Spotlight: Sue Hoffman Dawkins

    Age: 71
    Town: Pageland
    Family and pets: Charles Dawkins, husband; a son; a daughter; a stepson; a step daughter; two grandchildren; four step grandchildren and outside cats
    Church: Smyrna Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Caregiver for a lot of people
    Favorite meal: Steak, baked potato and a tossed salad
    Favorite TV shows: Old westerns, “I Love Lucy,” “Golden Girls,” and Hallmark Christmas movies