Today's News

  • Capital project sales tax dies in third reading

    The capital project sales tax, which would have imposed an additional one-percent sales tax onto Chesterfield County residents, is dead.

    Chesterfield County Council struck down the ordinance at its Aug. 13 meeting in front of a larger crowd than usual.

    A motion to approve the capital project sales tax ordinance failed its third reading 3-6. Voting in favor of the ordinance were council members Kenneth “Al” Johnson, Bruce E. Rivers and Gerald Miller. 

  • United Way planning for rainy day with reserves

    The United Way of Chesterfield County discussed in length a reserve fund policy that would help agencies during emergencies at its annual meeting Aug. 12.

    Margaret Plettinger Mitchell, United Way director, said United Way America supports reserve funds and considers it “good governance.”

    Chuck English, board chairman, first expressed concerns about the perception of such a reserve fund to the public.

  • Barnhill is new CHS assistant principal

    Chesterfield County School District board of trustees named two new assistant principals at its monthly meeting Aug. 11.

    Damon Barnhill and Carolyn Caldwell, both members of the county’s aspiring principals program, will take over new posts when school starts back Wednesday.

    Barnhill, who has been an administrator at Cheraw High School for the last five years, was named assistant principal of Central High School.

  • Armory project earns honorable mention

     Chesterfield County won honorable mention for the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award during the S.C. Association of Counties 47th annual conference.

     In the category for counties with populations under 50,000, Chesterfield County won the honorable mention for renovating an old, abandoned National Guard Armory to serve as the sheriff’s office. 

  • School board recognizes outstanding students

     Chesterfield County School Board held its monthly meeting Aug. 11 at Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield.

    Prior to the meeting, board member Wesley Miles was sworn in for his current term on the board, as he was on vacation at the called June meeting.

    Board members Chad Vick, Wayne Chapman and Darin Coleman were not present.

    Special recognition

    Most of the meeting’s business focused on recognizing a selection of outstanding students in the county.

  • 'Computer guy' shares tips to fix your own computer


    Guest column

    As a career computer guy, I realize that I’m frequently the guy in the “I know a computer guy” conversations that surround people talking about how their computers don’t work.  

  • Eagles suffer two losses in jamboree

     Playing in the Marlboro County Jamboree last Friday in Bennettsville, a missed extra point was the difference in the battle between the Central Eagles and the Darlington Falcons with the final results of the two-quarter game 21-20. 

    Daquan Baker-Moore scored two of Central’s touchdowns and Dadric Miller got into the end zone once.

    Central head coach Craig Hatcher said, “Darlington had a good team and an especially good quarterback and receiver. 

  • Caldwell signs with Florence-Darlington

     Recent Central High School graduate Sam Caldwell signed a letter of intent last Tuesday, Aug. 12, to play baseball for the Florence-Darlington Technical College Stingers.

    Caldwell played baseball four years for the Eagles as well as playing five years on the golf team, and three years of football and basketball. He is the son of Charles and Angie Caldwell of Pageland.

  • Volleyball team under new leadership

     When the Central High School volleyball team started practice a few weeks ago, they found a new coach at the realm. 

    Kristy Pratt took over the duties of head coach of the varsity squad. This is Pratt’s third year at Central, where she serves as a guidance counselor.

    Pratt is a 1999 graduate of Lake George High School in New York. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of New York at Oneonta.

  • Zais releases scores for HSAP and PASS

     By Laura Caskey

    Progressive Journal reporter

    S.C. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais announced the results of two annual standardized tests – PASS and HSAP – on Aug. 6.

    The official results can be viewed on the S.C. Department of Education’s website at http://ed.sc.gov.