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  • #PickPageland in Top 20

    More than 10,000 of towns across the United States applied for a $1 million downtown makeover.
    Twenty remain.
    Pageland is one of them.
    #PickPageland created a social media storm that caught the attention of the producers of the show Small Business Revolution, said Timothy Griffin.
    Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind #PickPageland, said the social media frenzy was 800 “hits” to the show’s Facebook page, in just two weeks.

  • Senior Spotlight: Rebecca Burch

    Age: 76
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: One son, two grandsons, and one great granddaughter
    Church: Zion United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Retired teacher with the Chesterfield County School District/25 years
    Favorite meal: Fish and slaw
    Favorite TV show: “I.D.” (Investigation Discovery)
    How you spend your days?  Trying to help others.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Thomasville, Ga.
    If you could do anything, what would it be? I would travel more.

  • S.C. 9 ideas sought

    The S.C. Department of Transportation  is holding two meetings Tuesday for residents' feedback on S.C. 9 between Pageland and Chesterfield.
    The department will be conducting a feasibility study for the 15-mile corridor.
    The first meeting is at the Pageland Community Center, 1113 W. McGregor St. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    The second meeting is at Ruby Elementary School, 249 Thurman Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    A feasibility study will look at the conditions along S.C. 9, from traffic and safety to the cultural and natural environment concerns.

  • FEMA extends deadline

    The deadline for Chesterfield County residents to apply for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Dec. 5.
    The deadline for loans from the Small Business Administration has also been extended to Dec. 5 for physical damage loans and June 21 for economic injury loans.
    Gov. Henry McMaster requested the extension,
    citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance.

  • School board incumbents re-elected

    Chesterfield County voters opted for the incumbents in the two contested races on the ballot last Tuesday.
    In the 7th congressional district race, 57 percent of county residents voted for Republican incumbent Tom Rice while 42 percent voted for Democrat Robert Williams
    In the Chesterfield County School Board elections:
    ◆ District 2 incumbent Darin Coleman, 72 percent of the vote; Lee Copeland, 26 percent.
    ◆ District 3, incumbent Wesley Miles, 72 percent; Cecil Wadsworth, 25 percent.

  • Council again discusses airport

    The Pageland Town Council is looking at ways to generate more revenue from the airport through access and tie-down fees.
    Pageland town attorney Adam Foard said there are five planes that are consistently tied down. He said there are nine spots that can be used.
    “There is potential there to generate more income,” Foard said.  “The airport is the single largest untapped asset the town has.”

  • All present or accounted for

    The final roll call for the soldiers of Chesterfield County of World War 1 resounded across Moore’s Park in Pageland on Saturday.
    The roll call started with Sgt. Robert McDonald of Cheraw and ended with Pvt. Joseph Bittle of Chesterfield.
    McDonald was one of six Chesterfield County soldiers in Co. I of the 118th infantry regiment to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor.
    He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for attacking a machine gun position on Oct. 8, 1918.

  • Veterans Day, a Gold Star family reunion

    When Richie Yow was set to graduate his Air Force training his grandmother, Louise Jones, flew to Texas for the ceremony.
    “She was a nervous wreck,” Yow, now a S.C. representative and minister, said Friday as the speaker at Pageland’s Veterans Day ceremony.
    “She was afraid where I might go.”
    Jones, said Yow, was an unofficial Gold Star mother, the status reserved for mothers who have lost their sons or daughters in service to their country.

  • Fire strikes Pageland landmark

    An early morning fire Monday destroyed about one-half of a 100-year-old home on McGregor Street.
    Residents along the street reported smelling smoke about 2:30 a.m.
    The Pageland Fire Department responded to 301 West McGregor St., finding the old wooden, yellow-painted building on fire.
    The building had been a residence, boarding home and most recently, the offices of Elite Counseling.
    Pageland firefighters were assisted by High Point, Sand Hill and Lane’s Creek fire departments.

  • Chesterfield County soldiers who died from influenza

    - Pvt. Henry Perry, Jefferson, 301 Stevedore, March 9, 1918, pneumonia. Buried in Jefferson.
    - Pvt. Clayton Jackson, Mt. Croghan, 351 Machine Gun Battalion, March 10, 1918, pneumonia.
    - Pvt. James Powe, Cheraw, 313 Labor Battalion, April 1, 1918, lumbar pneumonia
    - Pvt. John Rallings, Jefferson, 53 Pioneer Infantry, Sept. 7, 1918, pneumonia
    - Pvt. David McQueen, Cheraw, 330 Labor Battalion, Sept. 30, 1918, pneumonia
    - Pvt. Walter Pegueas, Cheraw, 330 Labor Battalion, Oct. 1, 1918, lumbar pneumonia. Buried in the Oisne-Aigne Cemetery, France