Today's News

  • Local dentist preparing for full retirement

     After more than three decades of taking care of the dental needs of local residents, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Powell Jr. is transitioning into the world of retirement.          

  • When the rescue call is personal

    Emergency first responders strive to save lives on a day–to-day basis by getting to the scene as quickly as possible.

    When emergency calls come in, first responders have no idea who may need their help.  It may be a stranger, someone well known in the community, or even a family member.

    Tommy Catoe, Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department chief, said emergency responders are always faced with the fear of responding to a crisis involving their own family members.          

  • Let it snow!
  • Freeman’s Video beating odds to survive

    Small town businesses are all-too familiar with struggling because of new innovations and technologies.          

    Freeman’s Video and Tanning in Pageland is no exception. Shawn Freeman, owner and operator, said his business was “kicking” back in the 1990’s when he first opened.

    During that time, video rental stores were king, the hub of home entertainment.

  • Business collecting laptops for needy families


    For the Progressive Journal

    In partnership with Blessings Resource Center, Chad Deason of Chad Deason In-Home Computer Service and Repair has started an initiative that will hopefully get laptops into the homes of families in need.

  • Honoring the legacy of former teacher Louise B. Nichols

    Who can find a virtuous woman?  For her price is far above rubies…She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

    Family and friends are honoring the life and legacy of former educator Louise B. Nichols, who died Sunday, Nov. 27. She was 97.

    Nichols was deemed a pillar in the Pageland community. Many of her former students, church members and local citizens described her as a strong community leader, a diligent church worker and a compassionate educator.          

  • Getting a 'head start' on the newspaper industry

    It was an early lesson in journalism on Wednesday as busloads of three-, four- and five-year-olds from Pageland Head Start visited the Pageland Progressive Journal office. The students learned about different sections of the newspaper, the components of a news story and the importance of their hometown newspaper because it includes news about what happens in their own community.

  • Lady Eagles come into season with new coach, new faces

    When Central High’s girls’ basketball team tips off tonight (Dec. 6), fans will see a lot of new faces on the court and on the sideline.

    New coach Eddie “Pop” Rivers will be leading the girls as they face off against Great Falls at 6:30 p.m. Before coming to Central three years ago to teach social studies, Rivers taught at Forest Hills High School in Marshville, N.C, for 30 years.

  • Pageland’s Small Fry All-Stars are district champs

    History was made over the weekend as the Small Fry (7-8 year olds) All-Stars of the Pageland Parks and Recreation Department won the Eastern District Championship.

    It was the first time any Parks and Recreation team in Pageland has brought home a S.C. Recreation and Parks Assocation Eastern District victory in football, said Jermaine Johnson, who coaches the Small Fry team.

    The game was held in Florence at Freedom Park on Saturday.

  • Clemson vs. Gamecocks – PES style


    Progressive Journal reporter

    Students of Pageland Elementary were treated to a faculty/staff basketball game Nov. 22 after participating in the school’s “Read for the Game” contest.

    Susan Toole, the school’s media specialist, said 100 percent of the student body completed the program.   Children were required to read six books on their levels for a month. Each student had to keep a record of his or her reading on index cards during the contest.