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  • Proposal: two lanes, angled parking

    A proposed downtown traffic and parking plan liked by the Pageland Town Council and downtown merchants has a major stumbling block – angled parking.
    As proposed, angled parking would be added along portions of McGregor Street and on the north side of Pearl Street.
    There would be two traffic lanes on Pearl Street instead of four. McGregor would go from four lanes to three – one travel lane in each direction and a center lane for turns.
    Crosswalks would be striped, but not controlled by a signal that pedestrians could trigger.

  • Town council creates vision committee

    A handpicked committee selected by the mayor and the mayor pro tem will advise the Pageland Town Council on what should be included in a new town vision.
    At last Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Jason Evans announced the formation of the Pageland Advisory Committee, passed a list of committee members to his fellow council members, and then said if any of those selected could not serve, he and Mayor Pro Tem Harold Hutto would select their replacement.

  • Pageant girls

    Harleigh Tadlock
    Miss Pre Teen South Carolina, United States
    Miss Pre Teen South Carolina Cosmos
    Hometown: Jefferson
    School: New Heights Middle School. 
    Qualified for state pageant by being names Miss Pre Teen Pageland. Also Junior Miss Jefferson.

    When it comes time to prepare for a beauty pageant, Harleigh Tadlock prefers to be alone.

  • Miss South Carolina a hometown girl

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Three beauty queens from the Miss Pageland pageant are preparing for the upcoming Miss USA Cosmos pageant.  The Progressive Journal recently chatted with the queens about their pageant experiences and expectations.

  • Hate Crime bill introduced in legislature

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Rep. Wendell Gilliard,  D-Charleston has a bill to make hate crimes punishable under state law.
    H. 3063 provides penalties for a person convicted of a crime with the intent to assault, intimidate, or threaten a person because of their race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or homelessness.
    South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a hate crime law.

  • Weather observers needed

    From release

    COLUMBIA  – The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the National Weather Service, is recruiting resident precipitation observers for CoCoRaHS.
    The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is a volunteer network of weather observers.
     The program started in Colorado in 1998 and was introduced in South Carolina in 2008.

  • The Ball, ‘The Arm’ and baseball

    As Friday’s drizzle turned to downpour, and baseball coaches penciled in “rainout” on their schedules, the best place to be was the big screen at the Ball.
    In honor of the upcoming baseball season, the Ball Theatre had a two-day showing of “Field of Dreams.”
    When the lights dimmed, 3-foot-tall credits rolled across the screen and the smell of fresh popcorn filled the air.
    The corn in Iowa towered on the big screen.
    Then, there was baseball.

  • Chamber to run Watermelon Fest again

    The Watermelon Festival will be produced this year by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce – seven months after the group said running the festival was too time consuming.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the chamber, said his board of directors voted last week to again produce the festival.
    The vote came after Jordan Seidhom resigned as chairman of the committee running the festival. Seidhom cited personal issues for stepping down, Griffin said.

  • Snags create valuable habitat for wildlife

    By Johnny Stowe
    SCDNR Heritage Preserve Manager
    Standing dead trees, or snags, may appear to be useless, even eyesores, but they are valuable components of wildlife habitat and are frequently in short supply.
    They can even be the key limiting factor in a wildlife population.
    Snags provide secure homes for many kinds of animals and a virtual smorgasbord of insect food.

  • Purple Martins spotted in Calhoun Falls area

    From release
    The first Purple Martins of the year have been spotted in South Carolina.
    The birds were seen on Feb. 5  in Calhoun Falls in northwest South Carolina.