• DOT announces online survey for S.C. residents

    From release

    The South Carolina Department of Transportation (is updating the Long Range Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan to address South Carolina’s growing transportation needs.  
    The department has created an online survey at SCDOT.org.
    Residents are asked to discuss transportation trends and issues that impact them and give SC DOT’s feeddack on its priorities, visions, and goals. 
    To participate, go to www.scdot.org/MTP2040Surveey.aspx.

  • Pageland publisher wins community journalism award

    PENSACOLA, Florida – Susan Rowell, publisher of the Progressive Journal, and three other South Carolina newspapers, is being presented with one of the top awards in community journalism.
    Rowell will be awarded the Emma C. McKinney Award at the National Newspaper Association’s annual convention on Oct. 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

  • Blood donors often life savers

    For the Progressive Journal

    A November 2018 car accident threw Ashlynn Plyler from her vehicle, resulting in life-threatening injuries to her neck, ribs, spine, and pelvis
    Airlifted to Charlotte, she received two blood transfusions that were the beginning of her recovery. Over three days she had two surgeries to place rods and pins in her pelvis and spine to stabilize her bones.
    “Two people I did not know gave me blood and that saved my life,” Plyler said of the transfusions.

  • NETC receives grant for diesel technology

    From release

  • Native American Studies Center announces fall artist-in-residence

    From release

    Traditional basket maker Nancy Basket will is this fall’s artist in residence at the Native American Studies Center at USC-Lancaster. Basket is a traditional pine needle basket-maker. For decades, she has made baskets and other folk art creations and has researched and shared her basketry and storytelling skills at powwows as a National Indian Education Association presenter of traditional and contemporary baskets.   

  • Boys state opens delegates eyes

    “Let one week begin your life.”   
    Now that he has attended Boys State, Walker Kirkley, a rising senior at Central High, saiys he understand  “this slogan means 100 percent of what it says.’
    “It really is a life changing experience,” Kirkley said.  “You have to experience it for yourself.”

  • Senior Spotlight: Lavilla Louallen Evans

    Town: Jefferson
    Family: Husband, Robert Paul Evans; two special nieces, Veretta Covington and Kimberly A. Louallen
    Church: Mt. Canaan Baptist Church
    Retired from: Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, 27 years
    Favorite meal: Mac and cheese, smoked ham, crowder peas, fried okra, sliced tomatoes and cornbread
    Favorite TV show: “Alaska: the Last Frontier”

  • Return of the melon relay a smashing success

    By Penelope D. McClenny
    Special to the Progressive Journal

    The resurrection of the Watermelon Relay Race ended Saturday morning at the heart of the festival as a smashing success.
    “It wasn’t too long or too short,” said runner David Rogers, who carried the honorary fruit for the final quarter mile leg of the race, then performed the ceremonial smashing in the middle of Pearl and McGregor streets. “I think it is a great idea to start the parade.”

  • Steppin' at high noon

    By Penelope D. McClenny
    Special to the Progressive Journal

    At the height of the Watermelon Festival’s excitement and heat Saturday, nearly 100 school-aged dancers converged downtown to face off for the first majorette dance competition. 
    The “Showdown in Downtown” featured six teams from North and South Carolina, with DRC of Charlotte taking the title.

  • Hot time in the downtown

    Triple digit temperatures reduced the crowd at this past weekend’s Watermelon Festival.
    Heat index estimates were 111 degrees and it was likely hotter because of all the pavement and food vendors cooking their wares.
    Regardless, says Timothy Griffin, “the spirit of the Watermelon Festival was back this year.”