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  • Sewer upgrades, new town hall funded

    Pageland has secured additional federal funding, putting its sewer upgrades and a new town hall back on track.
    If things go as planned, sewer construction could start in October and take 15 months, Town Hall construction could also start in October and taken about a year.
    The timetable stopped when the town opened construction bids in May. Initially, the town estimated the projects would cost about $12 million.
    The bids were about $8 million higher than expected.

  • Life’s lessons stressed at Back-to-School Bash

    CHESTERFIELD – There was some straight talk and some rap Saturday at the first Back-to-School bash sponsored by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and various churches.
    Regardless of the format, students and their parents were told  to do what’s right and make the most of school and their jobs.  

  • Senior Spotlight: Gay Donahue Leaird

    Age: 76
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Two sons, Larry and James; four grandchildren, a great grandson and my cat, Sheba.
    Church: Pageland First Baptist
    Retired from: Culp Weaving, 17.5 years. Also worked at Pageland Manufacturing, SLS and Chesterfield Manufacturing.
    Favorite meal: All types of vegetables, fried chicken and biscuits
    Favorite TV show: Westerns

  • Community chronicler David Kellin dies at 57

    By Kayla Vaughn
    Landmark News Service

    If something important was happening in Lancaster County, chances are David Kellin and his camera were there, capturing kids at festivals, football players on Friday nights, first responders saving lives.
    He saved lives on his own in his quieter professional life, counseling local children and adults through some of the worst traumas imaginable.
    He was also a contributor to the Progressive Journal. His final byline appeared in last week’s edition.

  • Meet Pageland Polaice Officer Justin Sigmon

    Rank: PFC
    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: Three months
    Age: 31
    Birthplace: Pageland
    Residence: Ruby
    Education: 2006 Central High graduate; S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, 12 weeks
    Law enforcement experience: Deputy with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for two years.
    What led you to law enforcement? My father, Allen Wallace, was an officer with the Pageland Police Department. That was much of my inspiration to become a public servant.

  • Deputy recovering from crash

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputy Lauren Brock, 27, of Pageland crashed her patrol car during a chase last Friday near Ruby.
    The accident happened on S.C. 109 about 8:30 p.m., four miles south of Ruby.
    Brock lost control of her patrol cruiser during the pursuit of a suspect in a drug deal. She drove off the left side of the road and hit a tree. The left side of the patrol car was caved in.

    She was injured and airlifted to Columbia and treated for a broken leg and knee.

  • Je vous remercie

    With the French Legion of Honor medal pinned to his suit jacket, Pageland’s C.T. “Tom” Funderburk accepted the thanks of his friends last Friday.
    The activity room at Westminster Towers in Rock Hill was filled past capacity. Television cameras recorded every word.

  • Senior Spotlight: Theda Ruth Mungo Lynn

    Age: 88, as of June 1
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Three sons, (one deceased); one daughter; seven grandchildren, (one grandson deceased); and two great grandchildren
    Church: Pageland First Baptist
    Occupation/Retired from: Sacony, about 25 years
    Favorite meal: Spaghetti casserole, a salad, and a roll
    Favorite TV show: I don’t watch television.

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director

    Our summer reading program for adults and children has been a tremendous success this year with record numbers for attendance and participation.
    Summer reading program activities ended last week with wrap-up parties at each branch location for the kids. 
    Adult program activities and prize drawings continue through the month of August at select branch locations. Check in with your local public library to see what is happening in your town.

  • Mulvaney to speak at GOP’s annual Silver Elephant Gala

    By Gregory A. Summers
    Landmark News Service

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Republican Party’s upcoming Silver Elephant Gala.
    The 52nd annual event is Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
    “We are proud to welcome Mick back home to South Carolina to celebrate our party and our grassroots leaders and activists,” said Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.