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  • 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

    BY VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    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.

  • 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

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    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.