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  • Shots fired call leads to Pageland arrest

    A Pageland resident was arrested Jan. 12 for allegedly shooting at houses on Honeysuckle Lane in Pageland.
    Mark Miller, Jr., 20 of 191 Honeysuckle Lane, was charged with aggravated assault in the alleged shootings.
    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff ‘s Office report, deputies talked to several people about the incident.
    One witness said he heard multiple shots fired. One shot struck a residence, going through a front door and several interior walls.

  • Ruby student letter perfect

    CHESTERFIELD – During last Tuesday’s Chesterfield County schools spelling bee, Dillon Burr sat on the front row and made faces at his brother, Brayden.
    Dillon smiled, he smirked, he rolled his eyes.
    On the inside, Brayden, the best speller from Ruby Elementary, was laughing at his brother’s antics.
    Externally, his legs were shaking.
    But most importantly, Brayden kept composed, seeing the words in his mind, like he was reading a dictionary. His biggest concern was tripping over a letter.

  • Unsung hero turns plastic bags into comfort

    Donna Deese is one of the unsung heroes that makes Pageland special.
    She has spent the last seven years crocheting mats out of plastic grocery bags for the homeless and others in need.  She makes the mats as part of the outreach program at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, her home church.
    The various colored mats are very versatile, durable and can be made in different sizes, she said. 
    The mats have many uses. Some sleep on them. Other used them as exercise mats. Some keep them in their kitchen.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Please, pick Pageland

    Dear Amanda, Ty, Deluxe Corp., and the producers of “Small Business Revolution: Main Street.”
    In our quest to become reality TV stars, Pageland has already mastered one role.
    We are transforming before our very own eyes.
    For years we were fragmented, with each person or organization chasing individual goals.
    Now, people who have not talked to each other in years are collaborating.
    You have helped us find our heart.

  • Jerry “Shug” Haigler: He loved the game, loved the people, they loved him

    For more than 40 years, Jerry Haigler was the voice of Pageland athletes.
    Every Tuesday or Wednesday, local athletes – stars as well as stand-ins – would grab the Pageland paper to see what he had written.
    Haigler, who died Jan. 13 at age 73, described his writings as the “Sgt. Joe Friday style,” get the facts – the correct spelling of an athlete’s name, his or her game statistics, and a quote or two.

  • Dear Amanda

    Assuming there has been no change in your schedule, welcome to Pageland!
    Since you have been talking with Tim Griffin – our own version of P.T. Barnum – and your staff has been researching us, we know you know, among other things:
    Pageland claims to be the Watermelon Capital of the World and our athletes and actors are world class.
    What you may not know is:
    • We like to rumble.
    • We run with the melons, not the bulls.
    • We love to rave about the people with Pageland roots.
    Rumble?

  • Shug Haigler, Voice of the Eagles, dies at 72

    Jerry Thomas "Shug" Haigler, sports writer for the Progressive Journal for more than 40 years, died Sunday. He was 72.
    He covered all sports, praising the efforts of hundreds of young athletes. He showcased former Central High School and Pageland High School athletes in a weekly column called “Where Are They Now.”
    A collection of the columns – “Where Are They Now?” – was published in 2009.

  • Senior Spotlight: Boyd Hayes

    Age: 85
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Clara; one son, Johnny; three grandchildren and five great granddaughters
    Church: First Baptist
    Occupation/Retired from: Long distance truck driver for 60 years/covered 48 states
    Favorite meal: Filet mignon, baked potato, a salad and hush puppies
    Favorite TV show: Sports, especially the Carolina Panthers’ games
    How you spend your days? I stay busy all the time, working in the yard and around in the house.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Controlled burn planned for Cheraw State Park

    From release

    COLUMBIA – This winter and/or early spring, federally certified fire crews from The Nature Conservancy plan to treat up to 2,000 acres at Cheraw State Park with controlled burns.
    Cheraw State Park regularly performs controlled burning to reduce hazardous forest fuels that cause wildfires and to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and recreation.

  • Miller remembered for her faith, strength, grace

    When the doctors told Jamie Robinson Miller her organs were shutting down last fall, they gave her three options – stay at the hospital, go to a hospice facility, or go home.
    Miller knew there were other options. There was her faith, her strength and her grace.
    Those options, her legacy, were celebrated Saturday as family and friends filled the Pageland Community Center. Miller died Jan. 7 following a six-year battle with cancer.