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  • U.S. Postal workers collect food

    From release

    U.S. Postal workers in Chesterfield County collected more than 10,000 pounds of donated food during the recent annual food drive.
    In the Cheraw, Patrick, Wallace area postal workers collected 8,400 pounds; Chesterfield, Ruby, Mt. Croghan 2,000 pounds; Pageland 400 pounds and Jefferson 30 pounds.
    Items were either taken to post officers or picked up by rural letter carriers.
    The food is given to local food banks.

  • Central celebrates academic achievement in sporting way

    By KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal
    Central High celebrated fifty-one seniors Friday as they signed their letters of intent to attend college or enter the military.
    “It is important to recognize the academic achievements of our seniors.  Typically, the public only sees athletes signing letters of intent.  Academic pursuits are just as important,” said Quincy Smith, guidance counselor for the senior class.

  • Meet Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee

    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: Three years
    Education: Broward College, Fla.
    Work experience: Traffic homicide investigator, general investigator, chief of Pageland Police Department; a total of 30 years
    What led you to law enforcement? Public service was a major discussion among family and friends.

  • Lynches River donates truck to PFD
  • Grants help in hurricane relief efforts

    From release

    Grants distributed through the Julius Peppers Fund and other sources to agencies in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties for hurricane relief were:

    Julius Peppers Grants
    ◆ Sandhills Volunteer Fire Department, $75,000 for an emergency generator
    ◆ Operation Hope, $5,000 for food and clothing. So far, more than ten families and 150 children have been helped.

  • Honoring those who serve

    The phone rings.
    You answer, asking only where are you going. You can’t say how long you will be gone, or when you will return.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon reflected on those calls Sunday during his department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service.
    Twelve officers from Chesterfield County were recognized Sunday for answering that call and never coming home.
    A thirteenth, Sgt. Darryl Quick of McBee was added to that list. Quick died July 23, 2008, in an off-duty, head-on car collision.

  • Chesterfield delegation: More work needed on education reform

    The South Carolina legislature made strides in education reform this session, but much more needs to be done to make up for 16 years of neglect by state leaders, say Chesterfield County legislators Sen.Vincent Sheheen, D-Kerhaw, and Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield.
    Sheheen and Yow, speaking to the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council last Friday, said teacher raises and reducing the number of standardized tests are steps in the right direction.
    More work needs to be done, they said, especially in the area of testing, class sizes, and funding.

  • Temporary ordinance OK’s festival beer sales

    The Pageland Town Council will allow beer sales at the Watermelon Festival under a temporary ordinance that will be reviewed at the end of the festival.
    The council voted 6-1 on May 14 for the temporary ordinance. Councilman Joe Clontz was the only “no” vote.
    The vote follows several weeks of discussion between the town council and the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the festival.
    Several new conditions were agreed to at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Praying for Pageland

    Suicides, shooting deaths and other untimely events have shaken Pageland in recent weeks.
    Residents responded with three community prayer events last week that held one common message: “There is hope and help for the hopeless.”

    Candlelight vigil focuses on love
    Family, friends and former coaches of Jakia Seegars held a candlelight vigil at the Central High School softball field on May 16 in her memory.

  • Senior Spotlight: Pat Terry

    Age: 64
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Husband, Rev. Charles Terry, two sons, five grandchildren and one on the way
    Church: Center Grove Baptist Church
    Occupation: Pastor’s wife/20 years; worked at Chesterfield Marlboro Technical College (NETC), four years
    Favorite meal: Anything pasta
    Favorite TV show: “NCIS”