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  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Blake Elvis

    Rank: PFC
    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: Hired April 24
    Age: 22
    Birthplace: Florence
    Residence: Cheraw
    Education: 2015 Cheraw High graduate; EMT-basic, NETC; paramedic program, Pee Dee Regional EMS
    Work experience: Lieutenant at Cheraw Rescue Squad, former EMT for Marlboro County Rescue Squad, and former firefighter for Brocks Mill Fire Department
    What led you to law enforcement? My dad, Rodney Elvis, is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement.

  • Prayer for Pageland

    A community prayer sparked by the rising number of untimely deaths in the Pageland area is 7 p.m. Friday at the Pageland Community Center.
    The theme for the event is “Prayer over Principalities.”
    Kevin Rivers, sponsor of the event, said, “spiritual wickedness” has overcome the area.
    In the wake of violence and deaths at an alarming rate, uniting in prayer is the beginning to finding what is separating us from being of one accord and living an abundant life, in spite of adversity, Rivers said.

  • ‘Project 1918’ honored

    “Project 1918,” the Progressive Journal’s year-long look at how World War I affected Chesterfield County, has been named the best community service project for all of Landmark Community newspapers in 2018.
    The Progressive Journal also won three other awards in the annual Landmark Community Newspaper Inc. contest.
    Editor Don Worthington won first place among the company’s weekly newspapers for news writing excellence and an honorable mention for his news photography.

  • Purr-fect rescue

    An inexpensive hollow-core door and the swift reactions of firefighters from High Point, Ruby-Mt. Croghan and Sandhill volunteer departments saved the lives of four kittens Saturday.
    The firefighters responded to a mobile home fire on Black Creek Church Road.
    Capt. Thomas Catoe of the Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department, climbed through a window to fight the fire. Other firefighters fought the fire from other angles. The fire had engulfed most of the mobile home.

  • Watermelon Festival revises beer sale proposal

    The Pageland Town Council is holding a special meeting at 6 tonight (Tuesday) to consider a revised proposal to allow beer sales at the Watermelon Festival.
    The council might amend an ordinance that allows alcohol consumption at town facilities with the consent of council.
    The ordinance specifically mentions the gazebo at Moore’s Park as one place where alcohol consumption for special events can be allowed with council’s consent.

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    Michael Kaltwang
    Library Director

    May is “Get Caught Reading” month.
    Get Caught Reading is a nationwide, public-service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.
    While May is officially Get Caught Reading month, the celebration lasts throughout the year.

  • Senior Spotlight: Margaret Edgeworth

    Age: 65
    Town: Pageland
    Family: A son, Rontal Edgeworth, a granddaughter, and a grandson
    Church: Salem United Methodist Church
    Place of work: GM Nameplate, Monroe, N.C.
    Favorite meal: Seafood, (especially whities), hush puppies, and a baked potato
    Favorite TV show: “General Hospital”
    How you spend your days? Besides working, I like to go for long drives. I also love to spend time with family. I often visit my niece, Angie, since she has had some health problems.

  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Sgt. Richard Plyler

    Rank: Sergeant
    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: 1.5 years
    Age: 33
    Birthplace: Cheraw
    Residence: Ruby
    Education: Central High, 2004; S. C. Criminal Justice Academy
    Work experience: Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department; Lancaster Police Department.
    What led you to law enforcement? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always looked up to police officers. I was a cadet with the S.C. Dept. of Corrections from 2006 until 2012. That experience was a steping stone for me.

  • Following God through her pain

    Zenda Rushing’s fight with cancer began in 1996 when her son, Harley, was six years old.
    The Cheraw resident and veteran teacher remained positive throughout her battles with breast and then colon cancer for her son.
    To do that, she relied on her faith in God and his promises, Rushing told cancer survivors during a  luncheon at Hopewell Baptist Church in Chesterfield.
    Even though Rushing had annual mammogram screenings, she said something was not right when she felt a lump in her breast.
    A biopsy revealed cancer.

  • Chamber speaker stresses unity

    Unity was the message at the annual Women in Business luncheon sponsored by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce.
    “In unity we are a stronger voice than when we are divided,”  said Jamie Miller, business entrepreneur and children’s literacy promoter, who grew up in Pageland.
    Miller, who owns Project First, Inc. that focuses on education and empowerment, was the keynote speaker. The event was held Pageland First Baptist Church.
    Miller said she was not aware of women who owned businesses when she grew up in Pageland.