• Lewis ruled competent to stand trial

    CHESTERFIELD – Last Wednesday in only her second court appearance, Breanna Lewis was denied bail and ruled competent to stand trial in the death of her 11-month-old daughter Harlee.
    Judge Paul Burch said Lewis would remain in jail pending her murder trial, rejecting the defense request that she be released with a GPS monitoring device. Lewis has been incarcerated since her arrest after the May 29, 2918, killing.
    Burch gave attorneys 120 days to come with a plan to move the case forward.

  • 'I just want to be dad'

    If you’ve ever been involved in Central High School athletics, you know Mitch Leaird’s routine.
    He is among the first to arrive, and the last to leave.
    He mows the grass and fixes problems as they pop up.
    He works with his players, hitting grounders for infield practice or helping them with their swing.
    If it’s football season, he’s pacing the sidelines, a cell phone glued to his ear as he constantly monitors scores of other games.
    But there’s a big change coming.

  • Senior Spotlight: Genevieve Miller Robinson

    Age: 72
    Town: Jefferson
    Family: Two sons, Hade Jr. and Wilbert; one daughter, Kelli; and six grandchildren
    Church: Hopewell United Methodist Church
    Current Job: Assistant with the afterschool program at my church
    Favorite meal: Baked chicken, candied yams, stringed beans and broccoli
    Favorite TV show: “The View”
    How you spend your days? I work in my flower beds and read the Bible and other nonfiction books. Currently, I am reading “Becoming Michelle Obama.”

  • Asphalt workers needed

    From release
    COLUMBIA – The non-profit South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association and its members have launched Asphalt Works!, a statewide campaign designed to attract new asphalt industry workers — and repair the state’s roads.
    Currently there are more than 350 available jobs in South Carolina’s asphalt industry.

  • 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

    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.