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  • Will Pageland get an early holiday gift?

    There’s still tinsel to be strung and ornaments to be hung, but the package has been wrapped and mailed, and anticipation is in the air.  
    Monday was the deadline for Pageland to send its latest package of “MyPageland” information to the producers of reality TV series “Small Business Revolution Main Street.”
    Pageland is one of 20 finalists the show is considering for a downtown makeover.

  • The Power of Faith

    The Christmas season is Jamie Robinson Miller’s favorite time of the year.
    The Pageland native loves gathering on Christmas day with family and friends, enjoying the festivities and sharing gifts.
    This Christmas takes on a much deeper meaning for Jamie, who says she believes her faith, and the prayers of others, have helped her experience a healing miracle. It was three months ago doctors told her she was dying.
    “The greatest gift is being able to be here with family and to be an inspiration to others,” she said.

  • One SC Fund awards $275K for Hurricane Florence relief

    From release

    COLUMBIA – The One SC Fund Grants Committee has announced the second round of grant awards for Hurricane Florence relief and recovery projects across South Carolina.
    Grantees will receive a total of $275,000 to support their projects.

  • Literacy fund honors teacher Mary Redfearn

    From release

    Chesterfield County First Steps has created an early literacy fund to honor one of the county’s longtime childhood educators.
    The Mary B. Redfearn Early Literacy Fund will promote reading as an essential part of its early childhood education.
    Last year, Mary B. Redfearn retired from the Chesterfield County First Steps Board of Directors after 19 years of service. She is a founding board member of First Steps.

  • Kaylee Helms named Miss Central

    Kaylee Helms was crowned Miss Central at the school’s pageant last week. Other winners were:
    ◆ First Runner Up:  MacKenzie Kral.
    ◆ Second Runner Up:  Kayden Douglas.
    ◆ Miss Photogenic: Karly Kirkley.
    ◆ Miss Congeniality:  MacKenzie Kral.
    ◆ Fan Favorite:  K’La Holley.
    The pageant emcee was Robbin Usher. The organizer was Courtney Brown, and the backstage organizer was Jerica Usher.

  • Scoping out gifts in Chesterfield

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    Progressive Journal

    With the Christmas season fast approaching, local residents are looking for great gift ideas and super deals.
    The Progressive Journal’s shopping team, Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, took to Main Street in Chesterfield for gift ideas and bargains.

  • From history major to history maker

    Pageland native Sheila McMillan always loved history.
    McMillan knew she wanted a career related to the subject, but did not know she would one day become a history maker.
    McMillan was among the first African-American students to enroll at Winthrop University during the early 1970s. In 1983 she became the first African-American trustee on the Winthrop University Board of Trustees.

  • Showing Pageland’s heart

    Monday is the deadline to submit photos, pictures and Pick Pageland reasons to the reality TV series “Small Business Revolution: Main Street.”
    Pageland is one of 20 towns that the show’s producers are considering for a downtown makeover.
    The selected town will receive $500,000 in cash to revitalize its downtown, as well as marketing and business advice. The show is sponsored by Deluxe, which offers assistance to small businesses.
    #PickPageland organizers are making another big social-media push to get the town into the Top 10.

  • Recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner

    Linda Knight remembers one of the first big family dinners she cooked.
    Her mother wanted an 8-layer, thin chocolate cake.
    With the eight layers baked and carefully placed, Knight prepared to ice the cake.
    “Suddenly it cracked, like an earthquake. Cracked right down the center,” Knight remembers.
    Knight threw a fit.
    She slammed her fists into the cake.
    She grabbed gobs of cake and threw them. “There was cake all over the kitchen,” she said.

  • Pageland Christmas shopping team returns

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    Progressive Journal
    Local residents can start their holiday shopping in downtown Pageland.
    Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, the Progressive Journal’s Christmas shopping team,  took to the streets last Thursday,taking advantage of the Christmas Open House.
    First stop? Rivers Graphics where  Cato admired the colorful scarves hanging near the entrance.