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Today's News

  • School board faces total eclipse of the budget

    The Chesterfield County School Board received a bleak forecast regarding the state’s pension plan at its regular meeting last week.

    W. Brad Willard, chief financial officer, told members the school system may have to come up with an additional $900,000 for the 2017-2018 school year alone if it receives no help from the state.

    If the state does offer any assistance, it would be half the costs, still leaving the school system with an extra $450,000 to generate.

  • Straight Outta Jamaica

    “Wah gwaan!”

    New Heights Middle School ELA teacher, Nathalee Patterson, greeted seventh and eighth graders at a school event on March 14 with the Jamaican phrase, which means “what’s up.”

    Patterson and fellow teacher Julian Harriott, both Jamaican natives, hosted the Jamaican culture event, which included singing, dancing, a PowerPoint presentation and a display of traditional foods.

  • Blakeney: ‘Everybody is good at something’

    March is designated as National Women’s History Month.  Its purpose is to recognize and honor women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.  “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme for this year.

    Retired educator and administrator Clarice Blakeney is still blazing trails for young people who want to be successful in the educational field.     

  • Pageland Progressive wins 4 statewide awards

    Staff reports

    The Pageland Progressive Journal added more awards to its collection over weekend.

    The weekly newspaper received four statewide awards during the S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon on March 18 at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.

    Editor Kimberly Harrington and reporter Vanessa Brewer-Tyson won third place in Breaking News Reporting in the weekly under 4,500 (subscription) category for their coverage of the Ann Bennett murder/suicide case.

  • Childhood dream comes true for new cop

    The Pageland Police Department has welcomed an officer who always aspired to be a cop.

    Twenty-three-year-old Jake Brantley joined the PPD Jan. 31. He is scheduled to begin 12 weeks of training at the S.C. Police Academy in Columbia, starting March 26.     

    Brantley does not have prior experience in law enforcement, but is pursuing a degree in criminology with a minor in psychology and sociology through Southern Hampshire University.

    His work experience so far has been in sales.     

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  • School district wins United Way award

    The Chesterfield County School District office won the Spirit of Giving award for the United Way of Chesterfield County (UWCC) 2016 campaign.

    Catherine Thompson, UWCC director of resource development, made the recognition at the school board’s regular meeting on March 20.

    The Spirit of Giving Award was created in 2013 to offer friendly competition among the schools while raising funds and increasing awareness for UWCC.

    It was established to recognize the school or department having the highest per capita giving in their yearly campaigns.

  • Junior Eagles win tournament

    Central’s junior varsity baseball team defeated Buford and Cheraw March 18 in a tournament held at Central High.

    In the first game, Central downed Buford 11-3 with Jakob Starling as the winning pitcher.

    Will Atkinson had one hit, one RBI and four stolen bases; Buddy Faile had one hit, one RBI, one stolen base; Grant Mullis had one hit (double), one RBI; Ryan Eason one hit, one RBI, two stolen bases; Sabastian Richardson one hit, one RBI; Lucas Deese one hit, one RBI; and Starling had a sacrifice.

  • Cinzia’s Place offers more than daycare

    Cinzia’s Place Home Daycare has been a place for children to blossom for a little over a year now.

    Owner and operator of the business, Cinzia Blakeney, said she first started the daycare because she is passionate about young children having a healthy environment in which to grow and learn.

    She also enjoys working with children on a daily basis.

    With that aspiration in mind, Blakeney came up with the motto, “Children blossoming in a nurturing environment.”

  • Festival director faces DWI charge

    Darron Kirkley is on administrative leave from the Pageland Police Department after being charged with driving while impaired.

    Kirkley was arrested Feb. 25 in Union County, N.C., at U.S. Highway 601 and Macedonia Church Road in Monroe.

    The Union County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the charges were booked through the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Kirkley, who is the town’s Watermelon Festival director, is also an employee of the Pageland Police Department as a dispatcher/jailer.