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  • Central High student charged with assaulting resource officer

    A Central High School student was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer after he stabbed the school resource officer with a pencil and got in a tussle that brought both to the floor.
    Deputy Mark Davis was on duty at the school when guidance counselor xx Cooper brought in the student because he had made threats and harassment of a sexual nature. Davis told the student not to make any more threats against the victim who had complained, at which time the male student became loud and abusive toward Davis and other school personnel in his office.

  • Snow sales mixed

    Area retailers reported a mixed sales performance, with some very big days and some days that were zeroed out in last week’s snow storm.
    The snow started falling overnight Sunday night, Jan. 9, and didn’t quit until early evening. The rush for milk, bread, canned soup and emergency supplies spurred big sales Sunday in the grocery stores but the gains were offset by nearly empty aisles the next two days.
    At Maxway in the Bi-Lo shopping center on South Pearl Street, Sunday was busy.

  • Cargo shift causes problem on bypass

    A 45,000-pound load of 2X4s teetered precariously on a flatbed trailer on the S.C. 151 Bypass last Thursday before the trucker inched his way eight-tenths of a mile north and pulled into a parking lot.
    The disabled rig blocked or slowed traffic for more than two hours as workers from Tucker Lumber Co. tried several times to straighten the load and avert a spill.

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  • Sandhill fire prevention reduces calls

    By Casey Outen

    Progressive Journal Correspondent

    JEFFERSON — A drop in fire calls last year in the Sandhill fire district is attributable to the department’s strong fire prevention program, firefighters were told during their annual banquet last week at the Smoke House Grill.

    Board member Dwight Johnson reviewed the response calls, which had significantly gone down in number the previous year, totaling 57 calls in 2010.

  • Leaird's letter to Town Council

    Part one of a letter presented, by Jim Leaird, to members of the Pageland Town Council at the January 4, 2011 council meeting.

  • Sandblast rally returns Feb. 4-5

    CHESTERFIELD — The spinouts, wipeouts, dust kicking and mud splattering racin’ event known as the Sandblast Rally returns to Chesterfield County next month.

    The Chesterfield County Council authorized the closing of roads and gave its blessing to the Feb. 5 event that organizers say will bring up to 60 racing teams and 250 people to the area for the weekend.

    Motorcycles and sports cars race in separate events on six different courses set up on the winding sandy roads among the pines in Sandhills State Forest and H. Cooper Black Recreational Facility.

  • Shawn Freeman talks about platform

    Shawn Freeman, owner of Freeman’s Videos at 110 McGregor St., says he will be a strong advocate of downtown merchants if elected to the Pageland Town Council.

    Freeman is the third candidate to file the District 5 seat that became vacant when incumbent Susan Breisch resigned in November. Candidates Jason Evans and Barry Laney were interviewed in the Jan. 4 issue.

  • Budget impasse stalls sewer line funding

    Pageland officials remain hopeful that the town will receive funding for a critical sewer line project despite a congressional stalemate that blocked passage of a budget.

    Three months after the federal fiscal year began, Congress still has not passed a 2010-11 budget.

    Officials from Pageland and the Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Co. had hoped for federal approval by now of a grant and loan package to finance the $18 million sewer line project from the North Carolina line to McBee.

  • Schools closed Friday; teacher work day scheduled

    Monday's big snowstorm has turned into a 10-day break from school for Chesterfield County students.

    With overnight lows in the teens turning unplowed rural roads into hazardous ice slicks, school officials called it a week, and canceled classes Friday.