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  • Expo to discuss farm bill, agriculture outlook

    From release

    FLORENCE – The 6th annual SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be Jan. 17-18 at the Florence Center.
    The event brings together the best in agriculture – education, connecting and innovation, organizers said.
    The expo begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 with a farmer appreciation breakfast. The keynote speaker is Boone Peeler, newly appointed USDA, FSA Executive Director. Dr. Nate Smith, a Clemson economist and will team will discuss the “Ag Outlook and Marketing Session.”

  • Pageland approves take-home policy for patrol cars

    Pageland police officers can take their patrol cars home under a pilot program approved Jan. 2 by the town council.
    Police officials, town council members and town staff have been discussing the idea for several months. Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee said the program should help retain officers, as well as improve the care of the patrol cars.
    The policy allows officers to drive their cars “directly” to their residence. The cars cannot be used to transport family members. Officers must live within 15 miles of the town limit.

  • Sandhill VFD honors chief

    BY KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal

  • Pageland neighborhood parking rules updated

    Pageland’s town council updated its neighborhood parking ordinance at its Jan. 2 meeting. The previous ordinance was adopted in 1999.
    Town manager Cecil Kimrey said the update reflects changes in vehicles, particularly larger trucks.
    Commercial vehicles prohibited from parking in neighborhoods are:
    ◆ Tractor trailers, the combination or individual units.
    ◆ Vehicles that can transport more than 16 people.
    ◆ Vehicles that transport hazardous waste.

  • Pageland council celebrates football all-stars

    Pageland’s Town Council honored the 9-10 year-old all-stars football for winning the state title at its January meeting. The team defeated Chester, 14-0, for the title. This was the second consecutive time the all-stars have been honored by town council. Last year the 7-8 year-old team won the state championship over Abbleville, 30-6. Mayor Jason Evans not only honored the players but praised the coaches, especially head coach Jermaine Johnson and assistant coach Charles “Dooney” McNair who do not have children on the team.

  • Knights of Columbus assist CHESCO Services

    The annual Tootsie Roll campaign by the Cheraw Council of the Knights of Columbus raised about $850 from Pageland residents for people with intellectual disabilities.
    CHESCO Services in Pageland received a $677 donation from the Knights of Columbus for its workshop on East McGregor Street.
    CHESCO Services assists people with disabilities and their families in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Kershaw, Richland and Darlington counties.

  • Page Square honors

    From release

    Two employees of the Page Square Apartments of Pageland were recently honored by Partnership Property Management.
    Lisa Mitchell was named outstanding site manager and Donnie McCray was named outstanding maintenance caretaker for the territory of Gloria Denning at the Partnership Property Management’s annual awards banquet.
    The awards are given to employees that show continued professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to their property.

  • Pageland’s 2018 list: Wastewater treatment plant

    Jason Evans, Pageland’s mayor, talked with the Progressive Journal about the town council’s actions last year, and what to look forward to this year. 

    What stood out for the town council last year?

    “The debt for the community center. We were able to shave off 26 years of the debt, saving $426,000. We will have that debt paid off in 2022, which helps our bond rating. The higher the bond rating, the better interest rate you will get when you apply for other bonds.” 

  • 2 charged in Taco Bell incident

    Two individuals, one adult male and a male juvenile, were charged in the Dec.20 incident at the Taco Bell in Pageland.

    Dior Quay Shawn Irons, 21, of Georgia was trying to shoot a 16-year-old juvenile in the buttocks with a BB gun, according to Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee.  The shot shattered the first pane of glass at the restaurant, but did not penetrate the second.  Damage was estimated at $600. 

    Irons was charged with causing damage to property and discharging a dangerous device in public, Greenlee said.

  • Alligator best rural water

    From release

    Alligator Rural Water & Sewer Company was named Water System of the Year by the South Carolina Rural Water Association at its recent annual conference in Myrtle Beach. It is the second time Alligator has received the award in 14 years. 

    Alligator’s system was established in 1987. The system was initially funded by Rural Development, a division of U.S. Department of Agriculture.