Local News

  • 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.

  • Incumbents re-elected to telephone co-op

    The Sandhills Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors will remain the same after incumbents won re-election on Saturday.

    Regaining their seats on the board were Norman Caldwell of the Pageland and Donald Plyler of the Jefferson exchange.

    Incumbent Merill Brown, unchallenged, will continue to represent the Bethune exchange.

    The election was held at the annual meeting Saturday at New Heights Middle School.

    Norman Caldwell was challenged by Calvin Sims and Kevin Smith for a seat on the board.

  • The Taste of Pageland

    An evening with “rain on the green” did not keep guests from enjoying the annual Taste of Pageland Saturday.          

    The Taste, which is sponsored by the Pageland Garden Club, was held at the           

  • Arrests made in fatal crash that killed two

    From release

    Two Hartsville men have been charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with shootouts that occurred throughout Chesterfield and Darlington counties over the past several months.

    Paul Matthew Ferguson, 24, and Clayton Hall, 26, are being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center without bond while awaiting trial on the multiple charges that date back to Feb. 15, when the two men allegedly shot up a home on Highway 1 in Patrick.