• Ruby plans park grant application

    The town of Ruby plans to apply for a grant to improve eight acres across from Ruby Elementary School. The Chesterfield County School Board authorized the town to apply for the grant at its meeting last week. The property is owned by the school district but the town can apply for a wider range of grants for park improvements, School Board chairman Chad Vick said. The town hopes to start the grant application process in January, said Ruby Town Councilman David Deese.

  • Tell-tale blood leads to arrest

    PAGELAND — Responding quickly to a string of a smash-and-grab car stereo thefts, Pageland police caught a Lancaster man who had tell-tale blood on his hands from shattered glass.

  • Deputy, volunteer make heroic rescue

    Two Chesterfield County deputies ran inside a burning house Saturday night and made a dramatic rescue of two people inside as the house started to collapse around them.

    Deputy Chris Quick and reserve deputy Jordan Seidhom were on routine on patrol at 11 p.m. on Zoar Road when they spotted a large amount of smoke coming from Zion Church Road near Central High School.

  • Family keeps Ta'Bug's memory alive

    Pamela Dunlap Mungo marked her son’s birthday for the 17 years he was alive. There was never any question in her mind that she’d mark the birthday after he was gone.

    Mungo lost her son, Tavish Dunlap, on Aug. 27, 2007, when he was shot to death in the Petersburg neighborhood.

    Damien Rivers, 21, of Pageland, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the death after a trial on Aug. 30. “That shot wasn’t meant for him,” Rivers said to Dunlap’s family in the courtroom. “I didn’t intentionally kill your son.”

  • 'Saving Wonderland' holds encore performances


    By Casey Outen

    Special to the Progressive Journal

    RUBY — After three sellout performances of the whimsical play “Saving Wonderland,” DramaMama Studio is staging two encore performances of the show this weekend. Shows are 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Creative Spot in Ruby.

  • Where are they now? Shawnelius Blakeney


    This week we have to travel back only 16 years to find this

    week’s “Where Are They Now?” athlete.

    Shawnelius Blakeney played football and ran track for the Eagles, earning all-region honors in football both his junior and senior years.

           Shawnelius is the son of Hayne and Diane Blakeney of Pageland.

    He and his wife Sonya have two children and live in the Wolf Pond

    community and attend Rose Hill Baptist Church.

  • Eagle eye on Ronard Price and Tevus Funderburk


    By Shug Haigler

    Progressive Journal Staff Writer

           This week’s Eagle eye offensive and defensive players of the

    Eagles’ 47-0 first-round playoff game with Gilbert are Ronard Price on

    defense and Tevus Funderburk on offense.

           “We started a little slow,” said defensive line coach Donny

    Benton, “but Ronard got the team started by blocking a punt and

  • Eagles tomahawk the Indians; advance to 2nd round


    By Shug Haigler

    Progressive Journal Staff Writer

           The Central Eagles had no problem in their first round

    match-up with visiting Gilbert High School, racing to a 33-0

    halftime lead en route to a 47-0 win.

           Quarterback Jowan Henderson completed 6 of 9 passes for 139

    yards and three touchdowns, Eagle receiver Jiwan Funderburk had three

    receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns and running back Radford Robinson

  • The Few, The Proud, The Best

    In Honor of The Marines

    Marines are made of skin and bone,

    and hardened into steel;

    Of many parts with pumping hearts,

    they’re not supposed to feel.

    Immune to pain,

    and ice and rain,

    they refuse to bend or kneel.

    But kneel they do,

    on grass or pew,

    as they bend their heads in sorrow;

    they recall their friends

    who met their ends;

    they won’t muster up tomorrow.

    How many flags

    O’er how many lands,

  • Local election results

    Chesterfield County voters split their tickets on Election Day, helping Republican Mick Mulvaney oust 14-term incumbent Democrat John Spratt while voting for Democrat Vincent Sheheen over Republican Nikky Haley for governor.

    Straight party voters favored Democrats over Republicans 56 to 40 percent. Sheheen won 56 percent of the vote to the Haley’s 43 percent. Haley won statewide by 4.3 percent to become the first female governor of South Carolina.