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  • Town council, organizers scuffle over reception

    The reception for the stars and producers of the Small Business Revolution Main Street will be Jan. 24 at the Clyburn Center in Pageland’s Petersburg community.
    Pick Pageland organizers wanted to hold the event at the Community Center but changed the venue when the town council could not meet their schedule for an exemption to the ordinance that currently bans liquors on city property.
    The Town Council met Friday to possibly amend the ordinance.

  • A love connection for Pageland?

    Pageland and the Small Business Revolution reality show have the makings of a love affair.
    “I told the hosts of the Small Business Revolution, Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, since we’re the town with a heart, let’s get together and fall in love,” said Timothy Griffin, organizer of the #PickPageland campaign.
    The campaign has taken Pageland from one of 12,000 nominees to the Top 20, and now, the Top10.

  • Keeping track of Santa

    On Christmas Eve more than 1,250 volunteers – pilots, radar and satellite experts, and telephone operators – will track Santa Claus, making sure the jolly elf safely transits the skies, bringing gifts to children of all ages all over the world.
    The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its predecessors have been tracking Santa Claus since 1955. NORAD uses 41 ground radar stations, satellites, and jet airplanes to make sure that Santa is safe.

  • On the hunt for last-minute bargains

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    Progressive Journal
    Last minute shoppers can find gifts ideas and supplies for Christmas without having to travel far.
    The Progressive Journal shopping team of Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson found several Pageland businesses that may just have the gift, wrapping paper or other items you need to complete your shopping list.
    At the Bi-LO shopping area, Cato and Brewer-Tyson were drawn by the huge ’TOYLAND NOW OPEN!” banner at Roses Express.

  • Town pays for #PickPageland video

    The Pageland Town Council will pay for the professional video used to promote the #PickPageland effort.
    Town council members reluctantly approved the $350 bill at a meeting last week.
    They noted the bill did not come through proper channels. It was presented to the town by #PickPageland organizer and Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Griffin.

  • Train for free with NETC’s ManuFirst SC program

    From release
    Northeastern Technical College is taking applications for a free training program designed to teach entry-level skills for local industries.  
    The first class is Jan. 14 at NETC’s Marlboro County Campus Industrial Training Center. Additional program start dates on other campus will be announced later.
    Multiple classes will be held in all Chesterfield, Dillon and Marlboro counties through July.

  • Pageland Elementary named ‘priority’ school

    Pageland Elementary and middle school students at McBee High School have been identified as “Priority Schools” by the S.C. Department of Education.
    Priority schools are those that rank in the bottom 10 percent of schools statewide.
    The designation gives the Chesterfield County school system access to consultants, state information and some “technical assistance” funds.

  • Quick thinking, action saves children from fire

    It was about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 when Willie Williams and Chris Jordan turned onto Coon Creek Road in Jordan’s tow truck. They were hauling Williams’ car to get it repaired.
    While passing a mobile home park, each saw smoke coming from the eaves of one of the units. Jordan immediately turned the truck around, and the two experienced volunteer firefighters were at the mobile home in seconds.
    Without hesitation – or any firefighting equipment – Williams went to the back door and Jordan to the front.

  • Getting ready for Christmas

    From release
    Even Santa Claus needs a refreshing day at the solon.
    Before visiting the Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Santa had an appointment with beautician Carol Ann Porter in the Hair Designs studio in Columbia.
    The process to get his hair from the top of his head to his chinny chin-chin ready for the holiday included pre-lightening, conditioning, c0-washing, leave-in conditioners, curling, flat ironing and other secrets of the Santa hair preparation.

  • And the beat goes on

    As the towns selected for the Top 10 of the Small Business Revolution Main Street competition were announced last Tuesday, Timothy Griffin began to fidget.
    When seven towns had been revealed, Griffin was ready to pull an envelope from the breast pocket of his shirt.
    The envelope contained a concession speech.
    Griffin, organizer of the #PickPageland campaign, was ready to say Pageland had given its best, much had been accomplished, and if someone else didn’t want to help Pageland, Pageland would help itself.