Today's News

  • Isn't he lovely?

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    Over $8,000 was raised before and during the first annual Miss’d South Carolina Womanless Beauty Pageant Oct. 15. A crowd of more than 300 watched as 14 contestants flaunted and sashayed their way across the stage in an evening gown competition, followed by a talent performance and the crowning of the winner.

  • Ex-deputy sues Lee, Brooks

    A former Chesterfield County deputy who pleaded guilty to misconduct in office earlier this year filed a lawsuit on Monday that alleges misconduct in office by the county’s two top law officers.
    David Rainwater filed the lawsuit against Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks and Undersheriff Rob Lee.
    The suit accuses Lee of wrongful termination, loss of pay, civil conspiracy, false arrest, false imprisonment and battery. Rainwater is requesting a jury trial to seek damages, attorney fees and court costs.  

  • ‘You have to fight the good fight of faith’

    October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is an annual campaign to bring increased awareness of the disease and to encourage women and men to be proactive in the fight against the disease.  With this concept in mind, the PPJ is running a series of articles about people who have survived the disease.

    Jamie Robinson Miller was diagnosed with stage four cancer in the bone of her neck Dec. 14, 2012.
    It was later detected that the cancer had actually started in her left breast.

  • ‘Jumping Fleas’ for New Heights

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    New Heights Chorus Director Chad Johnson is asking the community for help in acquiring ukuleles for the New Heights Middle School chorus and music classes.

  • Hough turns 4

    Keshawn Lamont’e Hough celebrated his fourth birthday Sept. 20 with a trip to Chuck E. Cheese, where he celebrated with a Spiderman cake with family and friends.
    He is the son of Tori Clark of Jefferson and Shawn Hough of Kershaw. Grandparents are Oldern and Panzy Clark of Jefferson, and the late Raford Hough and Ida Hough of Kershaw.

  • Huffman, Pitman to wed

    Larry and Tammy Huffman of Greer announce the wedding of their daughter, Leanna Christin Huffman, to Franklin Drew Pitman, son of Jeffrey and Camilla Pitman of Greer.  
    Miss Huffman is employed by the Greenville Health System.
    Mr. Pitman is a firefighter and EMT for the city of Greer and Tyger River Fire Department.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton Gibson of Columbia and Mount Croghan.  

  • pARTicipate in the Arts

    From release

    The Cheraw Arts Commission will feature Artful Antics – After School Art Lessons on Tuesdays at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe Street. 
    Local artist and educator Melanie Trusky of Palmetto Paintbrush will provide instruction for small groups or individuals.
    The weekly classes are geared for children of all abilities in grades 4K-12. Students will explore a variety of mediums while learning about artists and artistic styles. 

  • Hospice accepting entries for county Christmas parade

    From release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County, along with the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor the 27th annual Chesterfield County Christmas Parade.  
    The parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street in downtown Chesterfield.
    Churches, civic groups, businesses and schools are encouraged to enter “homemade” floats with lighting being encouraged.
    Best float prizes will be awarded as follows:  grand prize, $300; second place, $200; and third place, $100.  

  • Column: Make sure every dollar you give to charity counts

    Guest column

    Deciding to make a charitable contribution can arise from a desire to help others, a passionate commitment to a cause or the aim to give back to a group that once helped you or a loved one.
    Choosing which organizations you want to support can be difficult. There are more than a million public charities in the United States, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and every dollar you give to Charity A is a dollar you might not be able to match for Charity B.

  • Central’s MCJROTC receives Walmart grant

    From release

    Central High School Marine Corps JROTC received a $1,000 Walmart grant for its MCJROTC Program.
    The grant will support the objectives listed by the MCJROTC Program by supporting transportation costs during orientation visits to military bases as far away as Norfolk, Va., as well as for academic, physical fitness, land navigation, air rifle competitions, and public and community service events held regularly in both North and South Carolina.