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Today's News

  • Fire guts two Chesterfield businesses
  • Assigned to shop

    Progressive Journal coworkers Melinda Caldwell Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson have much in common. 

    Pageland is their home. They are graduates of Pageland High School. Vanessa graduated in 1973, Melinda in 1974. 

    They share a love of the outdoors and animals. Melinda says she grew up a tom girl. Vanessa’s childhood home was near farmland, a chicken coop and a pig sty. 

  • A quiet Knight

    Ask Charles Knight, the newest Pageland Town Council member, where he stands on the issues and you will initially get a quiet, polite stare.

    Then Knight will reply: “I don’t give answers until I know the facts.” 

    Knight said he believes residents will appreciate his deliberate honesty. 

    Knight defeated District 5 incumbent Elaine Robertson 36 votes to 29 votes in the Nov. 7 election. It was the only race on the Pageland ballot. The 65 voters represented a 29 percent turnout of the 223 registered voters in the district.

  • Look at my shoes!

    The children stomped their feet.

    They giggled and laughed.

    They seemed to walk a little taller.

    All because of a new pair of shoes. 

    Lucie Miller, watching the scene at the Petersburg Primary gym, understood. She worked at the school for 44 years as a teacher’s assistant, an attendance clerk and a bus driver. 

    She remembers the times children, who came to class or got on her bus, shouting, “look at my shoes!”

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    The driver of a Chevrolet minivan died in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday near Pageland. 

    The accident happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Dwayne Russell, 83, of Lancaster was driving the minivan. He was turning left onto U.S. 601 north when he collided with a tractor trailer heading south on S.C. 151. 

    The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.

  • Ruby driver dies after hitting animal

    A Ruby resident died Wednesday evening after hitting an animal on Angelus Road, veering into a ditch and overturning. 

    Jeremy Ratliff, 41, was driving a 2000 Toyota sports utility vehicle. He hit the animal about 8:20 p.m., according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, said officer Joe Hovis. Ratliff was taken to McLeod Hospital in Cheraw where he died.

  • Senior Spotlight: Richard Rowell

    Age: 70

    Town: Pageland

    Family and pets: Wife, Lou Ellen; a son; two daughters; a stepson; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren and four cats

    Church: Attends Zion United Methodist Church

    Occupation/Retired from: Owner of Computer Concepts, 25 years/Dickerson, data process manager, 13 years/Computer Systems, installed first computer for Teledyne Allvac 

    Favorite meal: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and cole slaw

    Favorite TV show: “Frontline”

  • NETC introduces 3-Week Online Wintermester

    From release 

    Northeastern Technical College students can accelerate their college education with the new three-week Wintermester from Dec. 11 to Dec. 28. 

    Current NETC students, high school students, and students enrolled in other colleges and universities can enroll in Wintermester. The classes are all online and transferrable to four-year colleges and universities. 

  • Gas line crew’s work ruptures water main

    Pageland water customers were advised to boil their water Monday and Tuesday last week, following a water main break. 

    A crew boring holes for new gas lines ruptured a water main near First Baptist Church around 10 a.m. Monday. Town manager Cecil Kimrey said the repairs were completed by about 12:30 p.m. Monday. 

    The town issued the boil water advisory as a precaution while the town awaited test results, Kimrey said. 

    The tests results came back Wednesday and the town lifted its advisory. 

  • Commitment essential to love of country

    Paul Brewer wondered what he should wear for Pageland’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
    Brewer, a retired colonel with more than 20 years of service, opted for a field jacket with a unit patch on the sleeve. Above one breast pocket was a senior parachutist badge over the words “U.S. Army.” Above the other breast pocket was his name. There was no sign of his rank, or the other awards and medals he was entitled to wear.