Today's News

  • Missing woman found dead in murder-suicide

    The body of a Pageland woman who was reported missing last week was found Friday in a shallow grave outside of town.

    The body of her boyfriend, the prime suspect, was found on Saturday in what law officials are calling a murder suicide.

    Pageland Police, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner held a press conference on Monday at the Pageland Police Department.

    Ternetha Ann Bennett, 51, of 402 E. McGregor Street, was reported missing by her boyfriend, William Lazar Grant, 49, on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

  • Dump truck driver dies in crash

    A driver was killed in a one-car accident on Wednesday, Aug. 17, near Pageland.

    According to Trooper Joe Hovis of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver was traveling south in a 2013 Western Star dump truck on Ozburn Road, about seven miles south of Pageland at 9:25 a.m.

    The driver ran off the road and over-corrected. The vehicle overturned. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

    The victim was transported to CMC Union in Monroe, N.C., and then by helicopter to CMC Pineville, where the victim succumbed to injuries.



  • There she (he) is, Ms. Blessings

    And the winner is, Ms. Anita Applebottom.

    But most know him as Jason Evans, the mayor of Pageland.

    Evans won the Ms. Blessings Womanless Pageant on Saturday night, held at New Heights Middle School.

    Among the six contestants, Evans raised the most money earning him the crown. (Sheriff Jay Brooks could not participate due to a criminal investigation.)

    Runner-up was Ms. Orange Tiger Lilly, known by most as Joel Dale, pastor of Pageland First Baptist Church.

    Winning Best in Interview was Ms. Sugarplum, otherwise known as Jack Rhyne.

  • Wagner is new NETC president

    From release

    Dr. Kyle Wagner has been appointed as the sixth president of Northeastern Technical College,  succeeding Dr. Ron Bartley, who retired last month.

    Wagner is an experienced leader, coming to Northeastern Technical College from Coastal Bend College, near Corpus Christi, Texas, where he has served as the vice president of instruction and economic development since 2013.

  • Lynches River interim CEO is all about community

    Lynches River Cooperative’s new interim chief executive officer says he will have a strong presence in the community.

    Brian Broughton accepted the position after David Altman retired as CEO of the co-op in June.

    Broughton said he plans to be visible in the community.  As a matter of fact, he said he has already been out and talked with customers and local businesses.

    “It’s so important for people to see us in the community,” Broughton said.

  • First bus ride easy as 1-2-3

    Heading off to school can be a nervous experience for a child as well as his/her first school bus ride. Photographer AJ Blakeney captures 5K student Aryan Blackwell’s first bus ride as he heads to Jefferson Elementary School when Chesterfield County Schools opened last week. He is the son of Tony and Angela Blackwell. Aryan did just fine, by the way.

  • Book signing for ‘It’s a Jefferson Thang” is Sunday


    For the Progressive Journal

    Former Jefferson native, Phyliss Boatwright, will be available on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Jefferson Community Center to sign copies of her book, “It’s a Jefferson Thang: Hometown Memories.”

    “The book is a collection of my memories of Jefferson, its people and my family,” explains Boatwright. “While putting it together, I thought of the things most important to me about growing up in Jefferson, and as the child of Broadus and Betty Boatwright.”

  • Move over football, Monday nights are for volleyball


    For the Progressive Journal

    The Pageland Parks and Recreation Department continues to host adult volleyball each Monday night at the Pageland Community Center.

    “Everyone enjoys the adult volleyball. We have a diverse group,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Andre Singleton said.

    People come from Darlington, McBee, Chesterfield and other surrounding areas to play.

  • Ruby Open House

    Ruby Elementary School held its open house on Aug. 15. Photographer AJ Blakeney captured it in pictures.

  • ‘Coffee with Congressman Rice’ makes stop in Pageland

    More than a dozen Chesterfield County residents participated in a Town Hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Tom Rice on Aug. 10.

    Rice, who represents South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, dropped by the Pageland Town Hall for an hour-long session as part of his “Coffee with Your Congressman” meetings.

    In his opening remarks, Rice said he was trying to hold
    town hall meetings in each county within his district.