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  • Coordinating council’s coordinator departing

    After 25 years of non-stop dedication, Margaret Plettinger Mitchell is leaving the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council.
    Under Mitchell’s leadership the council has done what its name implies, coordinate; bringing together non-profit groups, schools and government to better Chesterfield County.
    “She has been the driving force behind us and the reason for our success,” said Ralph Laney, director of the Chesterfield County Department of Social Service office and a coordinating council board member.
    “She is a go-getter.”

  • A new door for the Door of Hope?

    The Door of Hope food pantry and community center needs more space and volunteers.
    The Door of Hope, on S.C. 9 behind the King Funeral Home, is at capacity. With more space, it could expand its food giveaways and increase its offering of community services.
    It also needs more help to meet the needs of people who went to other food pantries for assistance.
    The Blessing Resource Center closed its food pantry at First Baptist in Pageland in February to concentrate on its core mission of early childhood education.

  • Senior Spotlight: Leslie A. Edgeworth

    Age: 67
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Three sisters, Bessie, Margaret, and Gloria
    Church: Salem United Methodist
    Occupation/Retired from: Perfect Fit, Monroe, N.C., 40.5 years
    Favorite meal: Seafood, cole slaw and a baked potato
    Favorite TV show: Lifetime movies
    How you spend your days? Helping my family out and visiting church members who are sick and shut-in.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Stockton, Calif.
    If you could do anything, what would it be? I would travel abroad, especially to Paris.

  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Lt. Shane Whitley

    Rank: Lieutenant
    Length of time with the PPD: 3½ years
    Birthplace: Cabarrus County, N.C.
    Residence: Jefferson
    Education: Associate degree in criminal justice
    Work experience: Seven and a half years as a cadet in Law Enforcement Explorer Post in Cabarrus County; restaurant manager at Wayside Family Restaurant for 10 years; Cabarrus County deputy for six years.

  • Chamber seeks yard sale permit changes before downtown sale

    Proposed changes to a Pageland’s yard sale ordinance could increase participation in a planned town-wide sale on May 18.
    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce wants to coordinate yards sales with a downtown sidewalk sale.
    Currently, the town requires a $5 yard sale permit for each address. Chamber president Timothy Griffin asked the council to waive that provision for the May 18 sale to allow multiple sellers at one address. Each seller could be required to have a $5 permit.

  • Seniors’ health, well being focus of luncheon

    Senior citizens received helpful information last week at the Pageland Community Center.
    Jermaine Johnson, owner of J.L.J. Services, told the crowd the luncheon was  “all about you.”
    Presenters included Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon; Sherry Johnson of Vantage Point, a division of Care South; Donna Rivers of the Chesterfield County Council on Aging and Amy Dukes of Care South. 

  • In-depth education bill stalled

    The S.C. legislature appears unlikely to meet Gov. Henry McMasters’ deadline to pass a comprehensive education reform bill.
    McMasters said last week he wants a comprehensive bill past by the end of the legislative session in May.  Waiting until next year is too long and it could affect the state’s economic recruitment efforts, he said.
    A recent series by Post and Courier of Charleston found South Carolina students are unprepared in basic math skills and in the skills needed for modern jobs.

  • Pageland updates zoning ordinance

    The Pageland Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Pee Dee Council of Governments, has completed a comprehensive rewrite of the town’s zoning ordinance.
    The commission will review the proposed ordinance on April 17. The 3:45 meeting will be held at the town council chambers next to town hall.
    The planning commission and the council of governments started a review of the ordinance several months ago. The intent was to update the ordinance to reflect new businesses that might come to Pageland.

  • Tie for President’s Cup

    The Progressive Journal was named one of the most outstanding newspapers in the state Saturday by the South Carolina Press Association.
    The Progressive Journal shared the President’s Cup for the small weekly circulation class with the Kingstree News.

  • S.C. fallen firefighters remembered

    From release

    Firefighters in South Carolina will gather Wednesday to remember their colleges who have died while serving their communities.
    The 11 a.m. ceremony will be at the S.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the on the grounds of the S.C. Fire Academy, 141 Monticello Trail, Columbia.
    The South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, and other members of the state’s fire service will attend the ceremony.