• Taking the time to read

    Ruby Elementary School recently held its 6th annual Ruby Reads event. Volunteer readers were Gail Thomas, Sylvia Bailey, Beth Leonard, Libby Gulledge, Keith Bailey, Susan Pressley, Carolyn Sellers, Dan Austin, Bonnie Shaw, Rev. Joel Dale, Vanessa Brewer-Tyson and Erin Austin.  The event was coordinated by literacy coach Michele Adams. 

  • World War II tugboat comes to rest in reef

    CHARLESTON  – After more than 70 years of service, the Gen. Oglethorpe was given a burial at sea. 

    The tugboat was built in 1943 for the U.S. Coast Guard. Its first name was the Ojibwa. The ship was sold to Crescent Towing & Salvage of New Orleans that operated the tug as the John G. Amato and finally, the General Oglethorpe. 

    Last week, the state of South Carolina sunk her off the coast of Charleston, in the company of a retired Coast Guard cutter, another tugboat, a shrimp trawler and 50 subway cars. 

  • Donations to food drive double

    From release 

    Recent donations to the annual United Way of Chesterfield County Letters Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Campaign more than doubled what was given last year. 

    The Pageland Post Office collected about 2,000 pounds, up from 930 pounds last year. 

    The Jefferson Post Office collected 195 pounds, up from 62 pounds last year. 

    The food is given to local food banks.   

  • Lancaster driver flees traffic stop on foot, later arrested

    A Chesterfield County sheriff’s office deputy arrested a man wanted by Lancaster County law enforcement on May 16 in Jefferson. 

    Arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license was Joy Lee Dean, 25 of Potter Road in Lancaster.

    A Chesterfield County deputy initially tried to stop Silverado truck driven by Dean. Lancaster officials had asked regional law enforcement agencies to stop the truck and hold the driver. The driver had fled a traffic stop in Lancaster.

  • Senators seek to suspend newsprint tariffs

    S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham is a co-sponsor of legislation to suspend the new tariffs on imported newsprint from Canada.

    Newspaper and printing executives have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – are jeopardize the viability of the industry.

    Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King introduced “The Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” or more commonly, the “Print Act.”

    The bill has 10 co-sponsors. 

  • Chesterfield County men who died in service to their country

    This casualty list reflects people who were either born in Chesterfield County or spent their formative years in the county and died while serving our country. It was complied from several official sources, including casualty records at the National Archives. 

    Some people on the National Archive lists were not included because we could find no details of their military service from other sources.

    Please send any additions or corrections to the list to dworthington@pagelandprogressive.com.


    World War 1 casualties 

  • American Legion women distributing red poppies

    The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Unit 92 is gearing up for its poppy distribution over the Memorial Day weekend.

    The red poppy is nationally recognized as a symbol of sacrifice. The poppy has been worn by Americans since World War 1. The red poppy honors those who served and died for our country in all wars. 

    Pat Terry, secretary and treasurer for the Pageland/Jefferson unit, said members will distribute poppies in front of Roses Express from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 and 26.   

  • Speaker: carry the torch forward

    Chesterfield County’s annual Memorial Day celebration is 10 a.m. Monday (May 28) outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse. 

    Rev. Bruce Adams, who served as a senior master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, is the speaker. He is the pastor at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Chesterfield. 

    Adams said it is important to remember the distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Stories to be remembered, stories to be told

    While it was not officially recognized as a national holiday until 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1868. 

    The first “Decoration Day” observances were to remember the armed forces veterans who had died during the Civil War.

    After World War I there was even more interest in having a time to reflect. Another generation of Americans had experienced the realities of war. 

  • Hicks memorial run Saturday

    The 8th annual Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks Memorial 5K race starts 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pageland Community Center. 

    The race is the primary fundraiser for the Jason Hicks Scholarship fund. 

    The race honors Hicks, who died March 23, 2003, while serving with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. His helicopter was on a rescue mission to pick up two Afghan children with life-threatening injuries when it crashed. 

    Hicks grew up in Jefferson and Pageland. He graduated from Central High School and played on the Eagle football team.