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  • Mental testing ordered on Breanna Lewis

    CHESTERFIELD – A judge wants more information and a mental evaluation before considering bond for Breanna Lewis, the young mother accused of killing her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee, on May 29.
    Lewis made her first court appearance Wednesday since being arrested June 6. She has been in custody since May 31 after being questioned by Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies. She did not appear at two previous court hearings in the case.
    Lewis did not speak at Wednesday’s bond hearing.

  • Sandhill Telephone offering free long distance calls

    Sandhill Telephone Cooperative is now giving its residential customers free unlimited long distance phone call service.
    Lee Chambers, chief executive officer and and general manager of Sandhill Telephone, said it makes sense to offer this service to its residential customers.
    “Basically, we have been competing with large cell phone companies,” Chambers said.  “Long distance rates have dropped tremendously.
    “Having free unlimited long distance telephone service is a good reason for people to want to use their land lines.”

  • Preparations on track for Pageland’s television audition

    Work continues to clean-up Pageland and prepare for the upcoming visit by the Small Business Revolution Main Street crew on Jan. 24.
    The #mypageland organizers want a “comprehensive clean-up” of the downtown as Pageland makes its bid for the Top 5 towns competing for a $500,000 downtown makeover.  

  • Mayor Evans’ ideas for 2019

    The Pageland Town Council holds its first meeting of the year tonight. New business on the agenda includes “traffic study proposals.”
    It is just one of the items Mayor Jason Evans wants the town to consider in 2019. Evans recently sat down with the Progressive Journal to discuss his agenda for the new year.

    Traffic study proposals

  • Session starts with focus on education

    COLUMBIA – Education likely will be the top priority for the S.C. General Assembly session that opened today.
    “We are absolutely at a crisis” when it comes to education, Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster, told members of the S.C. Press Association at a pre-session workshop last week.
    More than 20 legislators attending the media workshop said this is the year the General Assembly will look at education issues for “PK-16,” shorthand for pre-kindergarten programs through college.

  • ‘J.D. stands for justice delivered’

    CHERAW – James Dixon scanned the crowd at the Pee Dee Union Baptist Church in Cheraw.
    The sanctuary was full.
    In the center pews and along one wall were deputies of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, watching Dixon take the oath of office. He defeated incumbent Jay Brooks in the Democratic primary in June and was unopposed in the November election.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: January 2019 Edition

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Happy New Year!  
    As you make your New Year’s resolutions, challenge yourself to visit your local public library more often (diet and exercise not required).  
    Library staff members are working hard to make 2019 a great year for our patrons.  

  • McLeod Health Cheraw does total knee replacements

    From release
    CHERAW – The McLeod Health Cheraw orthopedic surgery team recently performed its 46th total knee replacement procedure.
    Total knee replacement surgery is a surgical procedure used to resurface the knee joint with metal and plastic.
    The articulating surfaces of the tibia and femur, as well as the cartilage, are removed and resurfaced with metal.
    The original cartilage is replaced with a plastic version.

  • NETC director presents at national conference

    From release
    Northeastern Technical College’s Derk Riechers recently presented during the 2018 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges annual conference in New Orleans.
    Riechers is the director of dual enrollment and multiple modalities at NETC.
    The conference focuses on accreditation process issues. It is also a chance to about best practices at other institutions. .

  • Passion and perfection at A Gathering Place

    One of Pageland’s newest business owners says she can help you create “that new gathering place in your home.”
    Karen Ekwue owns A Gathering Place: Custom Farmhouse Furniture and Home Accessories at 104 N. Pearl St..  The store specializes in refinished and upholstered farmhouse furniture. She will also refinish and upholster antique furniture customers bring to the store if it is something she can do herself.
    “When I look at furniture that needs tender loving care, I see what it can be,” she said.