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  • CNN commentator speaks at NETC

    From release
    CHERAW – CNN commentator Bakari Sellers told Northeastern Technical College graduates  “with every journey that you take your need a destination. Today, our journey is to excellence,” at the school inaugural convocation on Aug. 27.
    As part of 50th anniversary of the school, Erin Fann, NETC Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, recognized members of the class of 1970, the first graduating class of Chesterfield Marlboro Technical College.

  • Senior Spotlight: Rev. Cecil Wadsworth

    Age: 66
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: Seven children, 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren
    Church: Pageland Seventh Day Adventist
    Occupation/Retired from: It’s a Miracle Tree Service and Landscaping
    Favorite meal:  Pinto beans, a veggie steak, collard greens, okra and cornbread
    Favorite TV show: Comedies

  • Touchstone Energy to sponsor ‘Co-Op Community Contest’

    Touchstone Energy Cooperative is sponsoring the “Co-Op Community Contest.” Winners will get professional help to spur community development and economic growth.
    Brian Broughton, president of Lynches River, said the cooperative did not hesitate when it learned about the Touchstone contest. Touchstone is an alliance of 750 electric cooperatives across 46 states.
    The contest can benefit every person in Pageland, downtown and the entire town,” Broughton said.
    Broughton said the cooperative supports the proposed art projects and history museum.

  • Progressive Journal wins ad award

    The Progressive Journal won a second-place award in the 2019 S.C. Press Association PALMY Advertising Contest.
    The ad for Wadesboro Lumber and Barns placed second in the open division.
    Donna Stokes sold the ad. Tim Dawkins designed the ad.
    The award was one of 16 won by the ad team that serves The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway, the Progressive Journal and Chester News. The team won three first-place, five second-place and eight third-place awards.

  • Electronic recycler to employ 45

    An electronic waste recycling company made it official last week, Southern Environmental Solutions of the Carolinas is coming to Chesterfield.
    The $1.5 million investment will create 45 new jobs over the next five years and double the company’s capacity to serve customers. 
    Southern Environmental Solutions of the Carolinas accepts electronic waste which is the repurposed. The company’s goal is to turn  e-waste into “green” products, diverting the waste from landfills and overseas export.

  • Job Fair attracts millennials

    About 250 people came to the Pageland Community Center last Tuesday, looking for a job.
    Pageland and the Pageland Chamber of Commerce sponsored the job fair, which featured Walmart, Lynches River Electric Cooperative, Conbraco, Screwmatics, Cross Country Adjusting, Tucker Lumber Co., Lynches River Contracting, the S.C. Dept. of Corrections, the Pageland Police Department and Bojangles.
    Chesterfield County Adult Education Services was there to discuss the programs it offers.

  • History museum coming to downtown?

    Pageland’s efforts to win a national economic development contest will plug into its future – and its past.
    While the projected benefits of winning are great – planning assistance in community development and economic growth – honoring Pageland’s past comes at a cost.
    Building a long-envisioned town history museum could cost $250,000, maybe more. 
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, said two-thirds of the project could qualify for grants.

  • Senior Spotlight: Rev. Dr. Bill Dargan

    Age: 71
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Mable; four children and four grandchildren
    Church: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Professor, St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, N.C.; United Methodist pastor in several locations in South Carolina, retired June, 2019
    Favorite meal: Blueberry pancakes, maple syrup and buttermilk
    Favorite TV show: Amazon Prime reruns of “In the Heat of the Night”

  • Eighteen-year-old shot, suffers non-life threatening injuries

    An 18-year-old boy was shot Sunday night while walking along West Elizabeth Street in Pageland.
    Amado L. Burch Jr. was wounded in his right upper side, according to Pageland Police. Burch was airlifted to Atrium-Charlotte. The injuries are non-life threatening.
    According to Pageland Police, multiple shots were fired from a vehicle that pulled up to Burch.
    Burch ran to 513 N. Hickory St. where 911 was called.

  • McLeod Health names new chief operating officer

    From release
    FLORENCE  – Donna Isgett has been named McLeod Health’s chief operating officer.
    Isgett replaces Ron Boring, who recently retired from McLeod.
    Isgett’s appointment follows a national search that attracted 100 candidates.
    Isgett has worked at McLeod since 1997, most recently as Corporate Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety.