Today's News

  • Hometown girl returns from Big City

    Actress Patina Miller said this – the small town of Pageland – is where it all started.

    “This is where my dream started as a little girl. I used to look at TV and say, ‘One day, I want to do something like that. I knew I wanted to be on TV one day.’”

    Miller returned to her hometown of Pageland this weekend for the annual Watermelon Festival.

  • Vendors, melons and music, oh my!



    Progressive Journal

    The Watermelon Capital of the World once again drew thousands of people to Pageland for its annual festival over the weekend.

    Organizers were well pleased with the revamped festival this year. 

  • Hot, hot, hot: tips to beat the summer heat


    Progressive Journal reporter

    As the summer season enters the dog days and outdoor events and festivals continue, it becomes harder to escape the sweltering South Carolina summer heat.

    Hot temperatures not only cause dehydration, but pose other significant health risks – especially in children and the elderly.

  • Cheraw man arrested again on child pornography charges

     From release

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday the arrest of George Walter Krauss, 75, of Cheraw on 11 counts involving the sexual exploitation of minors.  

    The Attorney General’s Office, which supervises the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, made the arrest.

  • Speak out

     Wouldn’t it be a miracle if the cat or dog that we left beside the road to starve, managed to survive, come back home and return the favor? Then again, what pet would be so dumb to come back to where it wasn’t wanted in the first place?


    If we the people can cover up millions of defective products, why can’t we the people go back and uncover how many accidents were actually caused by the defective product rather than blame the accidents on driver error?

     Speak Out guidelines

  • Central falls to Summerville in state

     After winning one game and losing one on the first day of the state playoffs last weekend in North Charleston, Central defeated Greer 7-5 on Sunday, July 13, to stay in contention for the title before falling to Summerville on Monday.

    Sam Caldwell came in to pick up the pitching win for Central. Central scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and two in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Greer answered in the fifth inning with five runs to knot the score 5-5.

  • Jefferson Ponytails finish second in state tournament

     The Jefferson Ponytails saw their hopes for a state title fade last Thursday in Bluffton as they fell to Aynor 6-0 in the final game of the tournament. Jefferson won their first three games before losing to Lancaster and Aynor.

    Sunday evening, July 13 Jefferson faced Pageland in their second game of the tournament and came away with a 21-3 victory in a four-inning game Genger Jenkins pitched the entire game and was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts, four walks, and gave up only one hit.

  • Dixie Youth majors fall to Dylan

     Jefferson’s Dixie Youth Majors (ages 11-12) lost their first game in the state tournament Saturday being played in Florence, S.C. to Dillon by a score of 7-5.

    Lucas Deese had two hits, one RBI; Jamie Parks one hit, two RBI’s (home run); Ron Benjamin one hit, one RBI; Jacob Jordan and Will Atkinson one hit each, and Walker Kirkley had one RBI.

  • Jefferson Dixie Boys still in state

    After losing their first game to Aynor on Saturday, the Jefferson Dixie Boys downed Gaffney Sunday in a five-inning, 10-0 game at Riverview Park in N. Augusta. 

    Tyriq Baker was the losing pitcher in the 5-1 loss to Aynor, but received little help from the team as they were able to get only one hit in the game, which came from Bryan Eason.

  • County approves capital sales tax project

    In a narrow vote, Chesterfield County Council voted for a controversial capital project sales tax at its July meeting.

    The approval was for the second reading. It takes three readings to pass.

    The ordinance would impose a one-percent sales tax to Chesterfield County residents, subject to a referendum in the November General Election.

    Voting for the sales tax were council members Al Johnson, Robert G. Cole, Gerald Miller, Bruce E. Rivers and Crawford Moore.