http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Central head football coach to leave the Eagles http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/central-head-football-coach-leave-eagles <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hatcher_craig.jpg" alt="Hatcher" title="Hatcher" align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> Head football coach Craig Hatcher announced to Central High football players April 5 of his plans to leave Central at the end of the school year to take the athletic director&rsquo;s job at Chesterfield High School.</p> <p> Players were called to the locker room, where Hatcher made the announcement.</p> Pageland Cleanup Week starts April 17 http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/pageland-cleanup-week-starts-april-17 <p> It&rsquo;s time for spring cleaning &ndash; not just your closets, but your neighborhood.</p> <p> The Pageland Town Council set Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, as Spring Cleanup Week.</p> <p> This means residents are encouraged to make an effort to pick up trash in and around their neighborhoods and in downtown Pageland.</p> <p> During cleanup week, the town will pick up washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, heaters, air conditioners, household furniture and the like.</p> Cycle to the Sea http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/cycle-sea <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cycle_truck.jpg" alt="Cyclists take a break for lunch during Cycle to the Sea at the Marathon gas station in Pageland." title="Cyclists take a break for lunch during Cycle to the Sea at the Marathon gas station in Pageland." align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> New Heights students participate in Release Time Education http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/new-heights-students-participate-release-time-education <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/release_time_activity.jpg" alt="Eighth-graders from New Heights Middle School participate in a Bible drill during Release Time Bible School. " title="Eighth-graders from New Heights Middle School participate in a Bible drill during Release Time Bible School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> Picture this: It&rsquo;s a typical public school day. As students board the bus, they pray.&nbsp; Once they get to class, they pray again.</p> <p> They also ask Bible questions and learn how to become close to God.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s all within proper policy.</p> <p> This is what Release Time Bible School is all about and more than a hundred New Heights Middle School (NHMS) students are experiencing it.</p> Mustang club may host parade in June to feed hungry children http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/mustang-club-may-host-parade-june-feed-hungry-children <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mustang_club_at_meeting.jpg" alt="Members of the Power Fanatics Mustang Club attend the Pageland Town Council&#039;s April 4 meeting seeking permission to host a parade to benefit the Blessings Resource Center. Shown second row, first seat, is Jeremy Johnson, the group&#039;s chaplain who spoke on behalf of the group." title="Members of the Power Fanatics Mustang Club attend the Pageland Town Council&#039;s April 4 meeting seeking permission to host a parade to benefit the Blessings Resource Center. Shown second row, first seat, is Jeremy Johnson, the group&#039;s chaplain who spoke on behalf of the group." align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> The Power Fanatics Mustang Club is planning to host a Parade of Power in downtown Pageland in June.</p> <p> The group appeared before Pageland Town Council at its regular meeting April 4 seeking permission to host the parade.</p> <p> It would be among the largest parades held in town, joining the Christmas and Watermelon Festival parades, said Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey.</p> <p> As a general rule, the town approves requests for parades of this nature, especially those of political and religious speech, said Town Attorney Adam Foard.</p> Vlossi opens in Pageland http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/vlossi-opens-pageland <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vlossi_ribbon_cutting.jpg" alt="The Pageland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting April 1 for the new business, Vlossi, located beside Food Lion on S.C. 9. Vlossi is a professional services firm specializing in car sales, travel, website design, credit corrections, student loan debt relief, and personal and business consultations. Purvis Brown is general manager. Shown, from left, are Shawn Freeman, Chamber president; Larry Brown with son Isaiah; Abigail Sanders; Bri’Asia Hood; Brown; Judy Rankin and husband James Rankin; and Connie Nieves." title="The Pageland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting April 1 for the new business, Vlossi, located beside Food Lion on S.C. 9. Vlossi is a professional services firm specializing in car sales, travel, website design, credit corrections, student loan debt relief, and personal and business consultations. Purvis Brown is general manager. Shown, from left, are Shawn Freeman, Chamber president; Larry Brown with son Isaiah; Abigail Sanders; Bri’Asia Hood; Brown; Judy Rankin and husband James Rankin; and Connie Nieves." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> KEVIN SMITH/For the Progressive Journal</p> <p> Guests attending the ribbon cutting for Vlossi were treated to a barbecue lunch on April 1. The consulting group boasts 20 years of experience and is managed by Purvis Brown.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Town to establish new fees for community center http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/town-establish-new-fees-community-center <p> The town of Pageland is amending its ordinance on rental fees for the community center.</p> <p> The discussion stems from a request from CHESCO Services, which is seeking to rent the community center for free.</p> <p> During the Town Council&rsquo;s March meeting, Andre Singleton, parks and recreation director, spoke in support of CHESCO, which uses the community center four to five times a year at the nonprofit rate, which is $375. (The regular profit rate is $500.)</p> <p> &ldquo;They are extremely good. I don&rsquo;t have an issue with them,&rdquo; Singleton said.</p> Leave and cleave, but what about mom? http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/leave-and-cleave-what-about-mom <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mitchell_pam_19.jpg" alt="Mitchell" title="Mitchell" align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> By PAMELA MITCHELL</p> <p> Guest column</p> <p> Well folks, I&rsquo;ve been away for a few months. It seems as if my plate is always full.</p> <p> On Sept. 17, 2016, my family and I drove to Louisiana for my son, Daydron&rsquo;s, wedding. He married a young lady named Bianca. She is in the Navy. He did seven years in the Navy as well. This happens to be not only something new for him, but also for me &ndash; meaning, having a daughter-in-law.</p>