http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Eclipse, it’s all about science http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/eclipse-it%E2%80%99s-all-about-science <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1998_diamond_ring.jpg" alt="The last glint of sunlight vanished behind the edge of the moon producing the &quot;diamond ring&quot; effect during the  total solar eclipse of Feb. 26, 1998. This picture was made from the deck of the cruise ship MS Statendam, located off the coast of Venezuela. " title="The last glint of sunlight vanished behind the edge of the moon producing the &quot;diamond ring&quot; effect during the  total solar eclipse of Feb. 26, 1998. This picture was made from the deck of the cruise ship MS Statendam, located off the coast of Venezuela. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Two days into the 2017 school year, South Carolina students are getting a three-day weekend.<br /> Why?<br /> Science.<br /> On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse crosses America, traveling between 1,500 and 3,000 miles per hour. At those speeds the eclipse needs about&nbsp; 94 minutes to go from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans.<br /> It will likely be the most watched eclipse, and South Carolina &ndash; if the weather is right &ndash; offers the best places for anyone on the East Coast to view the historic event.<br /> Pageland’s top cops return to work http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/pageland%E2%80%99s-top-cops-return-work <p> Pageland&rsquo;s top two police officers are scheduled to resume their duties this week.<br /> Police Chief Craig Greenlee will report for work on Wednesday and Capt. Dean Short will report Thursday, Town Manager Cecil Kimrey said Monday.<br /> Both have been suspended with pay since June 2 after a May 29 incident when they entered the home of an officer after he failed to report for a scheduled shift.<br /> The officer, Pfc. Brandon Roberts, filed a report with the Chesterfield County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, alleging Greenlee and Short broke into his house.<br /> Chesterfield deputies make drug, narcotic arrests http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/chesterfield-deputies-make-drug-narcotic-arrests <p> The Chesterfield County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office recently made a series of arrests for drug and narcotic violations.<br /> In some of the cases those arrested had been allegedly trying to buy drugs for up to a year or more. Charged with allegedly selling cocaine multiple times to a confidential source of the sheriff&rsquo;s office was Hayward Bernard Watts, 35, of the 1500 block of Fred Davis Road, Chesterfield, S.C.<br /> Jefferson Elementary: “It’s all about Community” http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/jefferson-elementary-%E2%80%9Cit%E2%80%99s-all-about-community%E2%80%9D <p> JEFFERSON &ndash; At Jefferson Elementary School &ldquo;it&rsquo;s all about community,&rdquo; says principal Omoro King.<br /> King, who is starting his third year as principal, credits a much of his success to getting parents, the community and other stakeholders involved in the education of their 4K through fifth-grade children.<br /> Having character and integrity, and being involved in the community, have helped him and the school keep moving forward, King said.<br /> Pageland Elementary: An air of excitement http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/pageland-elementary-air-excitement <p> Pageland Elementary&rsquo;s principal said there is &ldquo;an air of excitement&rdquo; throughout the school like never before.<br /> Ellen Middleton, who is going into her third year as principal of Pageland Elementary, said the teachers are very eager about some new things that will be going on this school year.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a different feeling just about everywhere,&rdquo; Middleton said of new programs throughout the county.<br /> Middleton said her fourth-grade teachers are excited because their classes will be self-contained this year for the first time.<br /> Petersburg Primary: Together We Can http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/petersburg-primary-together-we-can <p> Petersburg Primary will continue to use the motto &ndash; &ldquo;Together We Can&rdquo; &ndash; for the 2017-2018 school year.<br /> Janice Kiser, who starts her fifth year as principal of Petersburg Primary, said the school&rsquo;s motto is very applicable for the students, faculty, staff and community.<br /> &ldquo;I started using it when I first came,&rdquo; Kiser said.&nbsp; &ldquo;And it has worked for us.&rdquo;<br /> While teachers officially reported for work Aug. 10, several prepared their classrooms early.<br /> Kiser also gave them their homework early.<br /> Ruby Elementary: A caring community http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/ruby-elementary-caring-community <p> RUBY &ndash; When it comes to education at Ruby Elementary School there several areas where teachers and administrators won&rsquo;t compromise.<br /> The non-negotiables are: every minute counts during the school day; each student is being prepared to be a life-long learner and is expected to get better everyday; and failure is not an option.&nbsp; Children will read, write and share everyday.<br /> &ldquo;Children come first,&rdquo; said principal Caroline Miles.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Caring is a close second as Ruby Elementary.<br /> Rocks with a message http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/rocks-message <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8-15_pageland_jefferson_rock_painters.jpg" alt="Ayana Blakeney, Kaye Mitchell and Anna Cagle were among the rock painters at the Jefferson library recently." title="Ayana Blakeney, Kaye Mitchell and Anna Cagle were among the rock painters at the Jefferson library recently." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> JEFFERSON &ndash; When Kaye Mitchell of the Fannie D. Lowry Memorial Library in Jefferson found a small painted rock leaning against the outside book return, she knew she would have to respond it kind.<br /> The painted rock said &ldquo;Diary of a Whimpy Kid.&rdquo;<br /> Her response?<br /> She recently held the first of what she hopes in many sessions to let people paint rocks. The painters can either keep the rocks or place them for others to find. People who find rocks are encouraged to post photos on social media and then hide them.<br />