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  • Firefighters hold mass casualty drill

    JEFFERSON – Last Saturday Chesterfield County 911 got an emergency call –  fire and explosion at the CaroKnit mill in Jefferson, with possible multiple injuries.
    Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department, as well as firefighters from Alligator (McBee), High Point, Ruby-Mt Croghan, Patrick, Chesterfield, Harris Creek (Cheraw), Teal’s Mill, Brock’s Mill and Pageland responded, as did EMS personnel from Jefferson Rescue, MedShore, Pageland Rescue, and Chesterfield Rescue.

  • Whispers in the Stacks: February 2019 Edition

    Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director
    Happy February.
    February is National Library Lover’s Month.  You can love your local public library system by becoming an active member of our non–profit “Friends of Chesterfield County Libraries” group.
    The next Friends meeting is 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Pageland Community Library.  Fund raising and new events are on the agenda.

  • Panthers’ Peppers gives again

    Julius Peppers’ commitment to helping victims of Hurricane Florence will directly help those affected by the hurricane in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties.
    He has made a $75,000 grant to the United Way of Chesterfield County.
    The United Way of Chesterfield County is administering the grant for both counties.
    The grant comes at an opportune time, as many flood victims need winter clothing and other weather related items.
    Grants will be made to non-profit groups, not individuals. Applicants must explain how they intent to use the funds.

  • Smokehouse Restaurant reopens

    JEFFERSON – The Smokehouse Restaurant has reopened under new ownership.
    David and Sue Sullivan are the new owners of the restaurant at 5843 S.C. 151 in Jefferson.  The couple owned and operated the Bantam Chef in Kershaw for 12 years before selling it in November 2017.
    Sue Sullivan said she is amazed at how much business the restaurant has done since opening Jan. 11.
    “We never thought we would be doing business like this,” she said.  “We’ve had so many great compliments about the food.”

  • Collard ‘tang’ to help Pageland?

    Will an off-hand remark give the #MyPageland effort an advantage to become a reality television star?
    Cameron Potts, a vice president of public relations for Deluxe, mentioned to Timothy Griffin during a Small Business Revolution: Main Street phone call that he was interested to come to South Carolina because he “liked collards.”
    At last Thursday’s reception for the show’s host Amanda Brinkman and her crew, Potts said he had tried collards “several times.”
    Griffin made sure Potts had a potful of collards at the reception.

  • Pageland street may honor Dr. King

    Pageland’s Elm Street between McGregor and Sutton streets may be renamed for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, made the announcement at Pageland’s Martin Luther King celebration last week.
    To rename the street, residents must sign a petition, the request must endorsed by the town council and finally, a local bill must be approved by the state legislature.

  • Keeping the dream alive a unison effort

    Communicate.  Cultivate.  Celebrate.
    These are the three simple steps to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive, says a Chesterfield County educator who has been studying King since he was a child.
    Chandar Anderson, assistant superintendent of personnel and planning, explained the steps at the eighth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 21 at the Clyburn Center.  About 200 people attended the event.   

  • #MyPageland unveils a new slogan

    The Pick Pageland effort has a new social media slogan – “High Five for the Top Five.”
    Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the project manager for #MyPageland, announced the new slogan Sunday.
    A “High Five for Top Five” rally will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore’s Gazebo in downtown.
    Slogans have been a key part in Pageland’s social media campaign to become the town selected for the fourth season of the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television program.

  • Will Pageland be picked?

    We put our best right foot out.
    We put our best left foot out.
    And then we shook all about, yelling as loudly as we could.
    We then danced and dined through an evening’s delight – all for the deluxe-sized chance at making history.
    And now, we wait.
    Will Pageland make the Top 5 of the Small Business Revolution Main Street competition?
    We will find out Feb. 12. The time of the announcement has not been released yet.
    Our chance to impress came last week when show host Amanda Brinkman and her crew visited Pageland.

  • Good Samaritan Colony undergoes changes

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON
    Progressive Journal
    The Good Samaritan Colony enters 2019 with a new leader and a complete remodel.
    The Rev. Terry Fowler is the new chief executive officer and director of the colony, a residential substance abuse center for men.  The faith-based center is located at 19147 S.C. 9 near Ruby.
    Fowler brings more than three decades of service in Christian ministry. Previously he served 32 years as a pastor in the Southern Baptist Association.  Fowler and his wife, Terri, are from the Greenville area.