Local News

  • Emergency officials tracking Hurricane Irma

    No evacuations or school closings have been scheduled as of Friday (Sept  8) as Chesterfield County prepares for Hurricane Irma.

    Harold Hainey, Emergency/Risk Management director for the county, met with county, town and state officials, as well as first responders on Friday, to make sure plans were in place to keep county residents safe. Officials will continue to monitor the storm.

  • Hurricane preparedness checklist

    Hurricane Preparedness Checklist


    Hurricane preparedness checklist from McLeod Health in Cheraw.

    You should be prepared with a 3-day supply of food and water for each family member including pets. Consider packing the following items in a survival kit.

    ·     1 gallon of water per person daily

    ·     Non- Perishable Foods


  • Avoid Fraudulent Charities

    From release 

    Tips to ensure Hurrican Harvey donations get to those in need:

    • Seek out a charity that needs your support.  Be cautious of groups that may approach you. Get more information on a particular charity by going to the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office at http://www.sos.sc.gov and search for a particular charity or call 1-888-CHARITI (242-7484).

  • Forest Hills 28, Central 12

    Central High School lost to Forest Hills, 28-12 Wednesday at Marshville, N.C. The game was changed due the possiblity of bad weather Friday. Central is now 0-2, Forest Hills, 1-2.

  • Tiny house, BIG dreams

    Once upon a time there was a girl who lived in a tiny house with big dreams.

    So begins may fairytales, but for Allie Keller, this is reality.

    The 20-something aspiring actress lives in a tiny house on the outskirts of Pageland, built by her father, Robbie Keller.

    After graduating from Winthrop University, Keller realized it was too expensive to rent a place to live, especially in Rock Hill.

    “It was cheaper to pay to own a house than to rent,” she said.

  • Looking back as I journey forward

    Three years and three months ago, I became the new editor of the Pageland Progressive Journal.

    At that time, I pledged that with your help, we would take this paper to a new level – together. It was my hope that you would see progress at the Progressive.

    I hope you have.

    Since my arrival, we have improved the design of the paper to make it more attractive on the front page. We attempted to stay on top of breaking news – even though we are a weekly paper – by giving updates on social media.

  • Pageland police welcomes new sergeant

    The Pageland Police Department’s newest officer said he wants to build a trusting relationship with the residents of Pageland.     

    Sgt. Daniel Ratliff joined the force on May 11, and since that time he has been out in the community talking with the local people.     

    “I want them to know that I’m not just an officer,” Ratliff said. “I am someone they can talk to. If they have a problem, they can trust us.”     

  • New Heights' got talent

    New Heights Middle School students and staff experienced proved they have talent last week.

    During its annual talent show competition on Wednesday, students got a chance to demonstrate their talent, including cup stacking, dancing, beat boxing, drawing, acting, singing and playing the ukulele.     

    Judges for the contest were Andrew Currie, owner of Cross Country Adjusting in Pageland; Vanessa Brewer Tyson, Pageland Progressive Journal reporter; and Tiffany Bell, sixth-grade ELA teacher at the school.     

  • 'Sho-Nuff Kuntre' trail ride moves up date


    Guest column

    I have the pleasure of knowing Larry and Greta Jackson. I have known them now for about two years. They are very good people, and I so enjoy the conversations I’ve had with them.

    They moved here from Charlotte, N.C., about four years ago. They are originally from Texas, the Cowboy state.

    They brought with them their passion and love of riding and taking care of horses. They invited my husband and I out to their farm.

  • 8-year-old dies playing in elevator

    Family, students and teachers are grieving the tragic, accidental death of eight-year-old Ethan “EE” Moore.

    Moore died Friday, May 5, while playing on a dumbwaiter at a private residence, located on Louie Hicks Lane in Pageland.

    “This was just a horrible incident in which two kids were playing on a piece of equipment that turned out to be very dangerous,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks.

    A dumbwaiter is a type of freight elevator or lift intended to carry objects rather than people, according to an Internet search.