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  • Jenkins Farm owner dies in truck crash

    Billy Jenkins was a farmer by trade, growing watermelons, soybeans, hay and corn and tending to turkeys and cows.
    But what most will remember about Jenkins is he was a man of integrity and honesty who would do whatever he could to help others. 
    Jenkins, 66, of Jefferson, died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Jenkins was driving a 2006 Chevy pickup on Angelus Road near McCaskill Road when he veered off the road about 5:45 a.m. The vehicle overturned and Jenkins was ejected from the vehicle.

  • 3 runoff primaries coming for Chesterfield voters

    Chesterfield County voters will have the opportunity to return to the polls on June 26 for runoff elections.
    Democrats have a runoff primary for their candidate in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 7th district.
    Republicans have two runoff primaries, one for governor and another for attorney general.
    State Rep. Robert Williams faced Coker College professor Mal Hyman in the Democratic congressional primary.

  • Progressive Journal earns national award

    The Progressive Journal and Editor Don Worthington recently won first place in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for a tribute to one of Pageland’s civic treasures, Norman Caldwell.
    Caldwell died Sept. 20, 2017. On Sept. 26, 2017, the Progressive Journal published its tribute about Caldwell, observing he was a person who never let a need go unaddressed.
    Contest judges said the essence of the obituary tribute contest was “to capture the unique personality of the departed.”

  • Dixon lays out priorities after win

    Barring a successful write-in campaign, James Dixon will be sworn in as Chesterfield County’s first African-American sheriff in January.
    Dixon received 64.3 percent of the vote in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating incumbent Jay Brooks.
    Results were certified last week.
    It was the second straight sheriff’s election for them. Both have worked for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and have long law enforcement careers.

  • Parade of Power

    Hots rods, from this blue 1950s classic to more Ford Mustangs that you could count on your hands, were in Pageland this past weekend for the Parade of Power.

    The Power Fanatics Mustang Club of Monroe was out in full force. The sound of high revving Mustangs echoed throughout the downtown. There was also a classic show car. The event raised more than $4,000 First Steps of Chesterfield County’s Blessing in a Backpack program, said event organizer Elaine Robertson. 

  • Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church honors older women of the church

    During its annual Women’s Day Program on June 10, Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Pageland honored Carolyn Chambers, Lois Lowery, Ethel Miller, Rosetta Rivers, Myrtle Robinson and Hattie B. Williams for their devotion and dedication to the church. Many younger members look to these women for wisdom and instruction.
    The Rev. Lawrence Brand said he and his wife, Tamecka Brand, came into a strong foundation when he first started pastoring the church  a few years ago.
    “And you have made it stronger,” Rev. Brand said to the honorees.

  • Chesterfield mother charged with murder of her daughter; requests bond be set later

    The Chesterfield woman accused of murdering her 11-month-old child waived her right to attend Thursday’s bond hearing on the charge and has requested her bond be set at a later date.

    Breanna Lewis’ attorney, Matt Swilley, made the requests before Judge Robert E. Henderson. The 4th District Solicitor’s Office did not oppose the requests.

    According to the arrest warrant filed Monday, Breanna Lewis inflicted “non-accidental injuries” that resulted in Harlee's death.

  • Coordinating Council recognizes volunteers

    The Chesterfield County Coordinating Council recently held its 19th annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration at the Palmetto Learning Center.
    S.C. House Rep. Richie Yow was guest speaker.  Yow challenged each of the volunteers to continue making a difference in people’s lives by offering their services, even though it takes time away from their personal own lives.
    “You are worth your weight in gold for what you do for your family, town and county,” Yow said.

  • Hospice hosts Camp Sunshine

    From Release

    Hospice of Chesterfield County is sponsoring a one-day bereavement camp for children in Chesterfield and surrounding counties who have experienced loss.
    The 20th annual “Camp Sunshine” is for children ages five to 12 who have experienced a death in the family and would benefit from a planned activity to help them cope with this loss. 
    “Camp Sunshine” will be June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesterfield Family YMCA, S.C. 9 in Chesterfield.

  • Pageland council extends administrator’s contract

    The Pageland Town Council has extended the contract to town administrator Cecil Kimey.
    The council extended Kimey’s contract for another year at its meeting last Tuesday. Kimrey said his salary is about $65,000 annually.
    In other action:
    ◆ Reviewed an annual audit of town finances by K. Eve McCoy, a certified public accountant from Columbia. McCoy presented a “clean” report, meaning the records she reviewed “fairly” represent the town’s financial position.