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  • Rose Ella Plyler West

      PAGELAND – Mrs. Rose Ella Plyler West, 79, died December 8, 2010. A funeral service was held December 10, 2010 at First Freewill Baptist Church with burial in the  Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Surviving are, Sons, Lloyd West and Larry West of Pageland; Daughter, Eunice McManus of Chesterfield; Brothers, B.C Plyler of Pageland, and Ray Plyler of Monroe, NC; Sister, Maude Parker of Monroe, NC; eight Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Homeof Chesterfield, was in charge of the arrangements.

  • Chesterfield sheriff

     JEFFERSON – A 41-year-old Pageland man was charged with third-degree assault and battery after Pageland officers Jeremy Lear and Garry Deaver responded to a domestic call at 303 E. Elizabeth St. Apt. 1G at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. The town police officers were covering for sheriff’s deputies at an office Christmas party when they answered the call about an assault. They found 24-year-old Leslie Smith in a neighbor’s apartment bleeding from a cut over her right eye. Charged with hitting her was Billy Ray Patterson of 207 Old Sutton St.

     

  • Essie Mae Watts Lowery

     Mrs. Essie Mae Watts Lowery, 90, died at her home on November 26, 2010.  A funeral service was held at Oro United Methodist Church on December 3, 2010 with burial in the church cemetery. 

  • Betty Jean ‘Het’ Myers Hancock

  • Assaults at Pageland Care 'an ongoing problem'

     An 81-year-old female resident of Pageland Care Facility was assaulted by a fellow resident in an incident that police say is too common at the facility.

    Ann Moree came to the police station on the night of Dec. 9 to file a complaint against the resident who assaulted Betty Myers, the elderly resident of the facility, at 205 S. Gum St.

  • Knight defeats Griffin

     Staff reports

    Contractor John W. “Johnny” Knight Jr. defeated Neil Griffin in the special election for District 6 last Tuesday by a vote of 96-25.

    Knight gained 79.3 percent of the vote in a heavier than expected turnout for a special election that had no other races on the ballot.

    Knight said after the vote that he hoped to study the budget and town issues before making decisions on his plans. He thanked voters and supporters for their help in his campaign.

  • BRIEFS

     Championship

    sign to get update

    The town of Pageland will update the state championship sign to honor Central High School’s 2010 title.

    The Eagles defeated Dillon High School on Dec. 4 to win the championship, their first since 2003. The Town Council will take up the sign job at a meeting tonight.

    “We’re going to replace the sign,” Mayor Brian Hough said. “Now we have the justification to repaint it.”

  • Ballard's mourners share fond memories

    Many people had a Burnie Ballard story at First Baptist Church when friends and family gathered to remember his life and lay him to rest.

    He could be the life of the party. He loved his Hummer and his Harley, but not as much as he loved his wife, Bonnie, who, he told friends, he was lucky to have met. Their names sounded good together: Burnie and Bonnie. He was a tough and dedicated criminal defense attorney, wise to any maneuver that skirted the law.

  • Investigators probe murder

    CHESTERFIELD – Sheriff’s detectives said last week they were making progress in the investigation into the shooting death of a 25-year-old man at a trailer off Center Point Road.

    Deputies were dispatched to 94 Smitty Lane at 12:23 a.m. on Dec. 3 after someone called about a shooting. When they got there, deputies found Michael C. Wilson on the floor dead of a single gunshot wound above his right eye.

  • Leaird will call for mayor's resignation

     By Bill Moss

    Progressive Journal Editor

    Jim Leaird is mad as hell, and most of the authorities in the Pageland area are the target of his wrath.

    Leaird, 77, says he will appear before the Pageland Town Council tonight and demand the resignation of Mayor Brian Hough on the grounds that Hough has not carried out his duties as state law requires.