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Opinion

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    On July 8, 2016, five policemen were shot and killed by a lone attacker, a young African-American by the name of Micah Johnson.

    The attack by Johnson stemmed from two shootings by police that killed two African-American men: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., in front of a convenience store while he was already down; and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., who was shot and killed in front of his girlfriend and child.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Last week, I did an article on the Watermelon Festival, where I took comments from visiting guests and a few of our locals.

    Just in case you did not read last week’s paper, I didn’t get a lot of good comments. That hurt my feelings because I am a part of the Chamber of Commerce and I know so many people who worked hard to make it a great festival.

  • This year makes 65 years that Pageland has been hosting the Watermelon Festival.

    I work at a store in downtown Pageland. Being on the main street, I get to interact with a lot of foot traffic during the festival. I also serve on the Chamber of Commerce board, which sponsors the festival.

    As always, new faces come into the store. This year, I asked a few of the new faces on Saturday, the last day of the festival, how they enjoyed everything?

  • By COREY HUTCHINS

    Guest column

    Editor’s note: Occasionally we have guest writers for this space and this week’s column is by Corey Hutchins, who was S.C. Press Association Journalist of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He now lives in Colorado and writes for the Colorado Independent. – Phil Noble

    Philando Castile, a black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old police officer named Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, was about my age.

    We might have had plenty in common, or not much at all.

  • By KEVIN SMITH

    For the Progressive Journal

    I round the corner at Video Bizzare and speed toward the American Legion building. I catch a glimpse of the white van full of people and realize I’m later than I should be. My Aunt Ginny was driving the first round of my dad’s brainchild: The Pageland Watermelon Festival Historic Tour.

    “Historic tour?” someone says as they sip coffee with my dad a few months earlier at the Red and White.

  • For the past few weeks, the Pageland Progressive Journal has been highlighting local gardeners in our Faith, Family, Farming feature.

    It’s been fun, educational and tantalizing to our palates.

    One of the most interesting gardeners we’ve featured is Roger Plyer, who uses old refrigerators as bedding for his plants. I often wonder who looked at a refrigerator and saw a gardening bed instead? Go figure. But it’s innovative.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    For months now, writing this column has played on my heart.

    It went away for a while during the situation with former police chief Larry Brown, but soon afterward, it came right back and continued to bother me.

    When something won’t leave me alone, that’s my way of knowing that the good Lord is telling me to go forward.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Years ago I was invited to church with someone.  It was the first Sunday, which meant Communion would be served.

    During this ceremony, there is sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.

     I remember the person I was with telling me not to partake of Communion unless I was sure I was living right and knew I was going to heaven.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Every now and again people come by to talk with me about situations that may have occurred in their life or maybe in the life of someone they know.

    Sometimes they may ask me to do a column about the situation and get the opinion of others, which I love to do. I want to know how and what you folks think about things.

    This is one of those columns where I got the thoughts and opinions of others. I must say, folks, this turned out to be a doozy. This is for the Christian folks only. So here it goes.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    It has been brought to my attention from so many other people about two young ladies are arguing back and forth on Facebook.

    To tell the truth, I’m always hearing something about people arguing on Facebook or putting their business on there for everyone to see.

    I wish they would ban some of these young people off Facebook for life.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine came by the place I work and wanted to know if I had a minute to talk.

    I could tell by the look on her face something was wrong. I told her, “Of course, just have a seat and I will be right with you.”

    As I finished what I was doing, I happened to look at my friend and noticed she was not her smiling-go-lucky self. I went over to have a seat with her and asked what was wrong?

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    I have mentioned before that I have grandkids. Just a few weeks ago, someone said to me, “Pam, every time I see you, you’re either coming or going to work or got kids with you.”

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Many of you may not know, but I love to watch “American Idol.”

  • By  PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    On our main streets in the uptown area, it has almost become a cross-if-you-dare game.

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    By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    With so many adults that don’t get along with each other, it’s no wonder we have so many children going astray.

  • By JORDAN COOPER

    Guest column

    Volunteerism is a quaint quality that keeps our world closely knit.  

  • By JORDAN COOPER

    Guest column

    In America, we are looking for things to make our life happily ever after.  

    However, we haven fallen short in giving these opportunities to Americans in recent years. There are a number of factors.

  • By JORDAN COOPER

    Guest column

    You are what you eat.

    We have standardized meal plans from child development to the end of high school. However, once students enter college, they are left solely to make their own choices about how they feed their bodies, minds and souls. 

  • By KIMBERLY HARRINGTON

    Progressive Journal editor

    Like most people at the start of a new year, I enter it with high expectations.

    What exciting things will this year bring? What new acquaintances will I make? Where will my feet trod upon for the first time?