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  • It’s official, Huddle House coming to Pageland

    Plans to build a Huddle House restaurant on S.C. 9 adjacent to the Food Lion are moving forward.
    Tyler Reeves of BAMVentures LLC of Kershaw confirmed his company hopes to have the restaurant open by the end of 2020.
    Town administrator Cecil Kimey said the firm has submitted a site plan for review.
    The site is currently a shuttered building. Over the years it has been a popular nightspot, restaurant and was once a drive-in dairy bar.
    Reeves is a graduate of South Pointe Christian Academy.
    His firm is building a Huddle House in Kershaw.

  • Religion vs. retail

    The Pageland Planning Commission wants to know if the town can prohibit churches from locating in downtown.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, and Mack Nicholson, a downtown property owner and businessman, made the request at last week’s commission meeting.
    Griffin and Nicholson said churches located in downtown storefronts have kept Pageland from getting a “nice” restaurant that would serve beer, wine and mixed drinks.

  • Beer on tap for watermelon festival

    Organizers of the Pageland Watermelon Festival plan to sell beer at this year’s event.
    The festival would need to be licensed to sell beer under a temporary permit from the state.
    As proposed, there would be a Budweiser beer truck in the parking lot adjacent to Moore’s Park gazebo.
    Those wanting to purchase beer would get a wrist band after proving they are of legal age to consume beer.
    Beer would be sold by tickets, one beer at a time. No multiple purchases would be allowed.

  • The roots of education

    By Penelope D. McClenny
    For the Progressive Journal
    Kimberly Sampson vividly recalls roots covering the floor of her first classroom as a child, and few settings could be more perfect for the third-generation Chesterfield County educator.
    "I went to Petersburg. There was a huge tree on our playground and it had roots that came up out of the ground," Sampson said, describing her lessons as a 6-year-old pretend teacher. "I would be the teacher and some of my classmates would be my students."

  • Pageland Nutrition Center holds open house

    In an effort to get more senior participation at the Pageland Nutrition Center, the Chesterfield County Council on Aging is holding an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 9.
    Donna Rivers, executive director for the council on aging, said six vendors will be on hand at the open house to provide information for seniors.  Representatives from Care South will be there to check blood pressures, height, weight and body mass index.
    Anyone who is 60 years are older can attend.

  • Senior Spotlight: Magdalene Rushing

    Age: 80
    Town:  Pageland
    Family: Husband, Alvin; two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren
    Church: Oro Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Machine operator, Perfect Fit in Monroe, N.C./35 years
    Favorite meal: Fried or baked chicken, greens and rice
    Favorite TV show: “The Price Is Right”
    How you spend your days? Cleaning  the house and working in my yard and garden.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain

    Rank: Sergeant
    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: 3 years; 23 years in law enforcement
    Age: 45

  • No storm damage reported

    Chesterfield County Emergency Services reported two tornado warnings but no major damage from the storms of April 14.
    Director Harold Hainey said one of the tornado warnings was in the Jefferson-Pageland-Mt Croghan area; the the other was in the McBee-Patrick-Cheraw area.
    Hainey said there was one report of hail from the storm.
    Because of all the rain, there continues to be a flood warning for the Pee Dee River through Wednesday.

  • Accommodation tax proposals sought

    CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County Economic Development is seeking proposals funded by accommodation tax from organizations whose primary focus is increasing tourism within the county. 
    S.C. law requires accommodations tax revenue be spent on tourism related activities.
    Applications for accommodation taxes should have data to show the tourism impact. 

  • Master plan deadline nears

    April 23 is the deadline to submit proposals for a downtown master plan for Pageland.
    The town did not provide guidelines to potential submitters.
    Mayor Jason Evans said the process was not specific so the town could get the broadest of submissions.
    Usually a municipal government seeking companies to develop a master plan will issue a request for qualifications.
    Evans said that is where the town will start.
    “We want people to send us their proposals. Show what they can do and give us samples of their work,” Evans said.