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  • Northeastern truck driving classes offered in Pageland

    From release 

    Northeastern Technical College’s Commercial Drivers License program is offering classes at the Pageland campus.  

    The CDL program will be offered in both a 4-week format during the day, and an 8-week night format. There are three different classes on the spring schedule: March 26 and April 30 for the four-week day program, the eight-week evening class starts on March 26.  

  • Police arrest suspect in shots-fired incident

    Pageland police officers recently defused a potentially lethal situation swiftly and professionally, says Chief Craig Greenlee. 

    About 6:30 p.m. March 2, officers responded to a call for shots being fired in the 500 block of West Evans Street.

    Officer Richard Plyler found Thomas A. Tyson Jr., 37, standing in the middle of the road with a handgun.

    Plyler, according to his incident report, removed his AR-15 patrol rifle from his car and told Thomas to put his hands up and get on the ground. 

  • Celebrating everything pi

    By Monica Cagle 

    For the Progressive Journal 

    Tomorrow, 3-14 on the calendar, is National Pi Day, a celebration of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  

    No matter the circle’s size, when you divide the circumference (distance around the outside of the circle) by its diameter (straight segment through the exact center of the circle from one side to the other), you always get the irrational number pi, making pi a constant.  

  • Central student arrest for making threats

    A Central High School student was recently arrested for threatening to bring a gun to school and “shoot the next person that called him crazy,” according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. 

    About 8 a.m. on March 2 a sheriff’s deputy arrested the student for threats allegedly made on Feb. 28. 

    Other students heard the alleged threat and the student admitted to the threat, saying he made it out of anger, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. 

  • Town council reviewing chamber request

    The Pageland Town Council wants its auditor’s opinion about awarding the Pageland Chamber of Commerce funds from last year’s budget.

    The council set aside about $3,000 in hospitality tax funds in its 2017 budget for the chamber. 

    The funds were never sent to the chamber because the appropriate paperwork was apparently never filed.   

    The new chamber leadership asked the council last week if the funds could be retroactively given the chamber. 

  • Cruise In may come to Pageland

    Pageland may join a number of cities and towns that are going cruisin’.

    Organizers of Pageland Cruise In briefed the town council last week about plans to turn the downtown into a car lover’s paradise on the first Saturday of every month.  

    Cruise Ins have become popular in the Carolinas. Ruby’s Cruise In is among the most popular, bringing more than 100 cars to the small town on the third Saturday of each month.

    Pageland organizers want to have their event on the first Saturday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. 

  • Floral shop owner: ‘Pageland is like my good garden’

    It is time to “unite and move forward for the better of Pageland,” says the owner of  Pageland’s only floral shop and a member of the new board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce. 

    Floral shop owner Daniel Toler told the Pageland Garden Club he does not want Pageland to become like his hometown of Timmonsville, which he said has many empty buildings and houses.

    “Pageland is a new foundation for me,” Toler said.  “I was kind of lost when I came here.”

  • Seeking the elusive Carolina heelsplitter

    From release 

    Will DNA shed into the water help scientists find, and hopefully increase, the number of heelsplitter mussels in the Pee Dee River basin?

    A Clemson professor has a grant to detect heelsplitters from water samples by isolating genetic material, or environmental DNA (eDNA), shed from their bodies into the river.

  • Central students sample chicken noodle and Mexican tortilla soups

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON 

    Progressive Journal 

    March is National Nutrition Month. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the program promotes the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

    This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.”

  • Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church: 100 years of faithful service

    When Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church recently celebrated its 100th-year anniversary, Pageland Mayor Jason Evans observed the milestone meant 5,200 Sunday morning services, 5,200 Wednesday night services, 5,200 Thursday night services.
    “That’s 15,600 opportunities for service to this community,” Evans said.
    For 100 years that service has been based on faith and family.
    The church, established in 1918, is continually evolving and attracting new members.