• Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    The driver of a Chevrolet minivan died in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday near Pageland. 

    The accident happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Dwayne Russell, 83, of Lancaster was driving the minivan. He was turning left onto U.S. 601 north when he collided with a tractor trailer heading south on S.C. 151. 

    The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.

  • Ruby driver dies after hitting animal

    A Ruby resident died Wednesday evening after hitting an animal on Angelus Road, veering into a ditch and overturning. 

    Jeremy Ratliff, 41, was driving a 2000 Toyota sports utility vehicle. He hit the animal about 8:20 p.m., according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, said officer Joe Hovis. Ratliff was taken to McLeod Hospital in Cheraw where he died.

  • Gas line crew’s work ruptures water main

    Pageland water customers were advised to boil their water Monday and Tuesday last week, following a water main break. 

    A crew boring holes for new gas lines ruptured a water main near First Baptist Church around 10 a.m. Monday. Town manager Cecil Kimrey said the repairs were completed by about 12:30 p.m. Monday. 

    The town issued the boil water advisory as a precaution while the town awaited test results, Kimrey said. 

    The tests results came back Wednesday and the town lifted its advisory. 

  • Commitment essential to love of country

    Paul Brewer wondered what he should wear for Pageland’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
    Brewer, a retired colonel with more than 20 years of service, opted for a field jacket with a unit patch on the sleeve. Above one breast pocket was a senior parachutist badge over the words “U.S. Army.” Above the other breast pocket was his name. There was no sign of his rank, or the other awards and medals he was entitled to wear.

  • District 5 incumbent loses race

    Charles Knight defeated incumbent Elaine Robertson for the District 5 seat on Pageland’s Town Council last Tuesday, 36 votes to 29 votes.
    The 65 voters is a turnout of 29.1 percent of the 223 registered voters.  
    The candidates said they were disappointed in the number of voters.
    Knight said town officials had advised him that the turnout could be small because the District 5 race was the only one on the ballot. Typically, turnout for local races is higher when paired with a countywide, state or national race.

  • Christmas parade is Dec. 9

    Pageland officially begins its Christmas season Dec. 9 with the third annual Old Fashion Christmas parade.
    The parade forms at 5 p.m. at Pageland Elementary School, 715 W. McGregor St., starts at 6 p.m. and ends at the intersection of Poplar and East McGregor streets.
    There is no entry fee, but registration is required. Forms can be picked up at town hall and need to be returned by Nov. 30.

  • Habitat volunteers gather for Pageland build

    Capricia Covington could not put into words how she  felt last Saturday morning.
    “It’s unexplainable,” Covington said as she surveyed the work site on Rupert Courtney lane in Pageland. “It’s finally happening.”
    Slowly, board by board, nail by nail, Covington’s Habitat for Humanity house took shape. She had applied for a Habitat house over a year ago in June.
    Saturday, volunteers started the 10-week process to build Covington a home.

  • Senior Spotlight: Charles Dawkins

    Age:  72
    Town:  Pageland
    Family: Wife, Sue; a son; a daughter; a stepson; a step-daughter; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren
    Church: Smyrna Baptist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Owned Collectible Toys in Fort Mill/worked at Joy Energy in Charlotte.
    Favorite meal: Flounder, shrimp and a salad
    Favorite TV show: I like watching the History Channel.
    How do you spend your days? I do whatever my wife tells me to do.

  • Kristensen can breathe again after lung transplant

    By Arielle Williams
    For the Progressive Journal

    CHERAW – Growing up on a farm in Norway, Fred Kristensen enjoyed caring for animals.  
    But the exposure to dust and mold on the farm, as well as smoking for 10 years, resulted in  the need for a lung transplant.
    Kristensen started having shortness of breath after walking up stairs or doing other tasks, symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  

  • Project 1918: They answered the call

    Nov. 11, 1917, was a Sunday, a time for church, visiting with friends and then a dinner with family. 

    The conversations that day could have been about the downtown fires. An Oct. 21 fire burned four downtown Chesterfield stores – at the time the largest fire in the history of the town. An Oct. 26 fire in downtown Pageland destroyed the offices of the Pageland Journal, the Post Office and two other businesses. Enough printing supplies were removed during the fire, and the newspaper kept printing its Wednesday editions.