• SPCS performs 'Wonder – Full Life'

    South Pointe Christian School grades 4-6 performed the Christmas show “It’s a Wonder-Full Life” on Dec. 14 featuring “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season,” “I Want Presents,” Jesus Means Christmas to Me,” “Let Your Light Shine Out,” “Ring Out the News of Jesus,”  “He is the Present” and other songs.

  • Knight takes seat on Council

    Two file in Dct. 5

    Two candidates have filed for the District 5 vacancy on the Pageland Town Council.

    Barry Laney of Blakeney Street, who ran in 2009, and Jason Evans of McGregor Street filed last week for the seat vacated by Councilwoman Susan Breisch. The filing period is open until Dec. 31 and the election is Feb. 15.


    Title rings available

  • Leaird castigates Town Council

    Jim Leaird’s one-man campaign to remove Pageland Mayor Brian Hough from office made for a tumultuous 13-minute standoff last week but the drama moved Leaird no closer to his goal.

    The 77-year-old activist was ushered out of the Town Council meeting by three town police officers on threat of being forcibly ejected.

    “You will be removed from office,” Leaird vowed on his way out. At the end of the meeting, no council member rose to take Leaird’s side against the mayor.

  • Town Hall may move west

    By Bill Moss
    Progressive Journal Editor
    Pageland Town Hall may be moving a mile west.
    The Town Council last week voted unanimously to accept an offer from Lynches River Electric Cooperative to swap 15 acres on South Arant Street for the co-op’s building and grounds on West MeGregor Street.
    The surprise offer came after the town set the price for the South Arant Street property at $150,000. Lynches River wants the land for a new headquarters, and its board approved the offer to the town.

  • Damian Ratliff – 1996 football team

     We go back only thirteen years for this week’s “Where Are They Now?” athlete. Damian Ratliff played both offense and defense for the Eagles and stood out at both. Ratliff graduated from Central in 1997 and attended Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C. for one year before continuing at USC-L to earn a degree in criminal justice.

  • W. Wooten’s long bombs sink Sumter

     Wil Wooten scored 26 points including four three-pointers to lead the South Pointe Patriots to a 58-44 win over Sumter Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

    Wooten also had two rebounds, two steals and one assist and David Hart had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to power the Patriots inside. Hart also had 5 steals, and 3 assists. Other scorers were Sam Burnett with 9 points (18 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot), Jake Wooten with 7 points (3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 assists), and Jackson Reese with 4 points (2 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists).

  • Hawks began season with 1-2 record

     The New Heights Hawks began their season last week by losing two of their first three games.  The Hawks opened with a road loss to Long Middle School on November 29, by a score of 37-14.

    “I think it could have been a case of the first game jitters,” said Coach Billy Blakeney. “We played all 15 of our players.”

    Scoring for New Heights were Carico Miller and Travay Hatten 4 points each, Dadric Miller 3, Matthew Terry 2, and Dedric Robinson 1.

  • JV’s on a 3-0 roll

     Central’s junior varsity basketball team started the season last week on a positive note winning all three games played.


    The Junior Eagles defeated visiting McBee last Wednesday 41-26. Leading 16-9 at the half, Central outscored the visitors 15-7 in the third quarter to take command of the game.

    Cornelius Miller and Deaven Johnson led the scoring with 10 points each, followed by Dillon Jackson and Mitch Meadows 4 each, Deontae Chambers, Deaven Coleman, and Trey King 2 each, and Dorian Robinson and Elontae Meadows 1 each.

  • Lady Eagles defeat Great Falls for first win

     After losing their first two games of the season, the Lady Eagles earned their first win Saturday with a 48-44 victory at Great Falls.  Seventh-grader Malia Rivers paced Central with 27 points, followed by Danielle Moore 15, Cherrie Thompson 4, and Candice Wright and Dearo Nivens 1 each.

    Wednesday the Lady Eagles lost their season opener at home to McBee 68-37. The Lady Panthers raced to a 33-15 halftime lead in route to the win.

    Moore led the Lady Eagles with 13 points followed by Nivens 8, Wright and Rivers 5 each, Thompson 4, and Monique Little 2.

  • Tree-growing tradition

     Tree-growing tradition

    Mangum’s family opened farm 22 years ago

    By Nita Brown

    Landmark News Service

    KERSHAW – The folks at PaPa John’s Christmas Tree Farm think there’s no substitute for a live Christmas tree. And they believe getting it locally is the only way to get a truly fresh tree. But owner, John Mangum, said it goes far beyond a fresh tree.