Local News

  • Most likely to succeed


    For the Progressive Journal

    For the first time, Central High School participated in College Decision Day on Friday, April 28. 

    The event was organized by Megan Williams, the school’s guidance counselor, with assistance from Shannon Griffin, media specialist, and Pat Sowell, career specialist.

  • Central earns first ranking by U.S. News & Report


    For the Progressive Journal

    For the first time in the school’s history, Central High School was ranked by the U.S. News & Report’s Best High Schools.

    Central received a Bronze award, ranking in the top 30 percent of high schools out of the more than 20,000 schools included.

  • Former police chief receives FBI award

    From release

    Billy Gibson, former police chief of the Pageland Police Department, was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the FBI National Academy Associates.

    Gibson attended and graduated from the 93rd session of the FBI National Academy in l973 while serving as a deputy sheriff with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

    He became Pageland’s police chief in 1976 and served in that position until he joined the staff of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in l982.

  • Stamp out hunger with local postal food drive May 13

    The Pageland Postal Service is gearing up for its second Stamp out Hunger Food Drive for the Blessings Resource Center.

    Local residents will be able to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes May 13, which will be picked up by postal mail carriers.  The theme for this year is “Fill a bag and feed a local family.”

    According to Brian Williams, postmaster for the Pageland Postal Service, residents will receive plastic bags in their mailboxes before that time in which they can place their non-perishable food items.

  • Survivors gather for luncheon before Relay

    The Chesterfield County Relay for Life sponsored its annual Cancer Survivors Luncheon April 29 with more than 100 people in attendance.     

    During the event, which took place at the Mt. Croghan Community Center, cancer survivors and their guests enjoyed a catered lunch and a chance to fellowship with one another.

    Each survivor was given a gift bag containing devotionals and a chance to win door prizes.     

  • Are you ready to Relay for Life?

    Teams from around the county are gearing up to help the Relay For Life of Chesterfield County fundraiser and to remember all those affected by cancer.     

    The annual event will take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield High School football stadium.     

    Kaleb Keefe, senior manager for Relay for Life of Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, said he hopes everyone will come out and support the fundraiser.     

  • First Steps honors volunteers in unique way

    From release

    As long-time director of a nonprofit organization, First Steps Executive Director Karen Martini wondered how to honor her volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week in April.

    First Steps, whose programs include early childhood education, family strengthening, the Blessing Resource Center and Blessings in a BackPack, has celebrated their volunteers nearly every year with a breakfast or luncheon.

    This year, First Steps decided on something a bit different.

  • Mt. Croghan man killed in home invasion

    From release

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three people believed to be involved in a fatal shooting during a home invasion Sunday night.

    The shooting occurred around 9:40 p.m. at a home on Airport Road near Pageland.

    Witnesses said a woman approached the residence first, seeking to purchase drugs. When the male victim, 26-year-old Darrius Lamont Robinson of Mt. Croghan, said he didn’t have any drugs, two men wearing masks forced their way inside and shot the victim in the chest.

  • Internet at heart of SHTC election

    It’s election season if you’re a member of the Sandhill Telephone Cooperative.

    Come May 6, SHTC co-op members will get to vote for board members representing the Pageland, Jefferson and Bethune exchanges. All races are contested, except for Bethune.

    Candidates for the Pageland exchange are incumbent Norman Caldwell, and newcomers Calvin Sims and Kevin Smith.

    Candidates for the Jefferson exchange are incumbent Donald Plyler and newcomer Jeff Buchanan.

    Merill Brown is the only candidate for the Bethune exchange.

  • Q&A: SHTC candidates share their views

    The following are questions posed to candidates running for the Sandhills Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors:


    Jeff Buchanan – Jefferson exchange

    1. Why are you interested in serving on the SHTC Board?There is an apparent disconnect about what Sandhill Telephone publicizes and what I am hearing from co-op members and employees. I would like to find out why this is so and work in collaboration with the Board of Directors to bring more transparency and resolutions to the issues at hand.