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Today's News

  • Blue Jay Festival is next weekend

     By KIMBERLY HARRINGTON

    Progressive Journal Editor

    Like many small towns across the state and country, the town of Jefferson is struggling to keep commerce alive.

    Industries have packed up and moved out. There are scant eating establishments, especially during the first part of the week, and the town’s lone bank closed last July, said Tammy Withrow, a resident there.

  • Pageland receives $2.5M for sewer upgrades

    The town of Pageland will receive more than $2.7 million in loans and grants to replace its sewer lines.

    Pageland Town Council met Monday at 10 a.m. for a special meeting to approve the funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

    Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey said the town was approved for a $1,526,000 loan and was awarded a $1,247,500 grant from the Rural Department.

  • Clemson student awarded $10K

     From release

    CLEMSON — John Farmer, a senior from Chesterfield, is one of 32 students nationwide to win a $10,000 2014 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. 

    Recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship must exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Painkiller scheme has local ties

     By Christopher Sardelli

    Landmark News Service

    LANCASTER – The arrest of a Lancaster man on drug charges in July led to a joint investigation with North Carolina authorities last month, ultimately revealing a prescription painkiller trafficking scheme.

  • Let's Move Day a success

     Let’s Move Day proved to be a great event in Pageland.

    At the start of the program, people of all different ages and nationalities were in motion moving to music, warming up for the activities planned at Conbraco Park.

    There were 71 participants for the 1K and 31 for the 5K, said John Pitts, who coordinated the event with his wife, Sara.  

  • Inmate escapes from county jail

    An inmate escaped from the Chesterfield County Detention Center on Aug. 31 but was soon back behind bars.

    Correction officer Cheryl Louallen said she placed a food tray in the cell of Dontrell Maleek Sharper, 17, at approximately 11 a.m. He was lying on his bed and she walked out and closed the door, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s incident report.

  • Are you disaster ready?

     By LAURA CASKEY

    Progressive Journal reporter

    With the recent flood warning released over the weekend for Chesterfield County, a natural disaster doesn’t seem so far out of reach. 

    If a major disaster were to strike Chesterfield County, would you be ready? Would you know the correct procedures and where help was available?

  • Pageland Elementary hosts school board meeting

    The Chesterfield County School Board held its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Pageland Elementary School.

    Once each quarter, the board travels to one of the four main attendance areas of the county. 

    The meeting included several special presentations, as well as recognitions of some of the county’s top students.

    School kickoff video

  • The town of Bethlehem is coming to Pageland

     Have you ever wondered what it was like on the night Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem?

    Come this December, you will get an idea as Hope Family Worship will transform the Pageland Community Center and its adjoining areas behind it into a replica of the birthplace of Jesus.

    Pastor W.J. Wallace appeared before Pageland Town Council on Sept. 2 seeking permission to use the community center and its surrounding area to put on the production.

  • Get ready to get fit: Sunday is Let's Move Day

     September is a great month for parents to resolve to get their kids moving again and eating healthier.

    It’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Merilee Kern, a children’s health advocate and two-time fitness champion, is offering simple ideas for kids fitness.

    But first, Pageland residents can start with Let’s Move Day on Sunday.