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  • Truck traffic changes coming

    Signs limiting truck traffic in downtown Pageland should be going up soon, says Mayor Jason Evans.
    In October the town council passed an ordinance prohibiting through truck traffic on Pearl Street.
    The ordinance does not apply to local truck traffic.
    The South Carolina Department of Transportation has reviewed the ordinance and the signs have been ordered, Evans said.

  • Volunteers to run 2019 Watermelon Festival

    The 2019 Watermelon Festival will be run by an all-volunteer organization.
    Previous Watermelon Festivals were run by Darron Kirkley, a paid employee of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce. This was the eleventh year Kirkley has produced the festival.
    The chamber recently decided not to fund that position, said chamber president Timothy Griffin.
    The 2019 festival is being run by a committee formed by the chamber and the Pageland Town Council.

  • S.C. 9 changes, concerns voiced

    The first step in possibly improving S.C. 9 between Pageland and Ruby is complete.
    Representatives from the S.C. Department of Transportation and its consultant listened to about 100 residents last week give their thoughts on the roadway.
    Some stressed safety and car crashes. 
    Others talked about the path of the road and the possibility of more lanes, especially four lanes. 
    A few talked about the strategic importance of the road and its economic development impact.

  • Senior Spotlight: Zuelee F. Miller

    Mrs. Miller turned 100 years old Nov. 9. She was born two days before the end of World War I.
    Age: 100
    Town: Pageland
    Family: One daughter, Hattie; two daughters, deceased; three grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren
    Church: Salem United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Custodian, Chesterfield County School District, 29 years; custodian, Pageland Town Hall, 25 years

  • #PickPageland in Top 20

    More than 10,000 of towns across the United States applied for a $1 million downtown makeover.
    Twenty remain.
    Pageland is one of them.
    #PickPageland created a social media storm that caught the attention of the producers of the show Small Business Revolution, said Timothy Griffin.
    Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind #PickPageland, said the social media frenzy was 800 “hits” to the show’s Facebook page, in just two weeks.

  • Senior Spotlight: Rebecca Burch

    Age: 76
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: One son, two grandsons, and one great granddaughter
    Church: Zion United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Retired teacher with the Chesterfield County School District/25 years
    Favorite meal: Fish and slaw
    Favorite TV show: “I.D.” (Investigation Discovery)
    How you spend your days?  Trying to help others.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Thomasville, Ga.
    If you could do anything, what would it be? I would travel more.

  • S.C. 9 ideas sought

    The S.C. Department of Transportation  is holding two meetings Tuesday for residents' feedback on S.C. 9 between Pageland and Chesterfield.
    The department will be conducting a feasibility study for the 15-mile corridor.
    The first meeting is at the Pageland Community Center, 1113 W. McGregor St. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    The second meeting is at Ruby Elementary School, 249 Thurman Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    A feasibility study will look at the conditions along S.C. 9, from traffic and safety to the cultural and natural environment concerns.

  • FEMA extends deadline

    The deadline for Chesterfield County residents to apply for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Dec. 5.
    The deadline for loans from the Small Business Administration has also been extended to Dec. 5 for physical damage loans and June 21 for economic injury loans.
    Gov. Henry McMaster requested the extension,
    citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance.

  • School board incumbents re-elected

    Chesterfield County voters opted for the incumbents in the two contested races on the ballot last Tuesday.
    In the 7th congressional district race, 57 percent of county residents voted for Republican incumbent Tom Rice while 42 percent voted for Democrat Robert Williams
    In the Chesterfield County School Board elections:
    ◆ District 2 incumbent Darin Coleman, 72 percent of the vote; Lee Copeland, 26 percent.
    ◆ District 3, incumbent Wesley Miles, 72 percent; Cecil Wadsworth, 25 percent.

  • Council again discusses airport

    The Pageland Town Council is looking at ways to generate more revenue from the airport through access and tie-down fees.
    Pageland town attorney Adam Foard said there are five planes that are consistently tied down. He said there are nine spots that can be used.
    “There is potential there to generate more income,” Foard said.  “The airport is the single largest untapped asset the town has.”