Local News

  • Educator leaves legacy of love, fun and learning

    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  - Henry Adams


    The unexpected death of one of Chesterfield County’s most beloved and dedicated teachers prompted a wave of sadness last week for those who knew her.     

    Cassandra Bracy, a fifth-grade teacher of Ruby Elementary, lost her brief battle with cancer April 19.     

  • Pagealnd guard among injured at Kershaw prison

    Reece Murphy


    Three guards were injured, one seriously, when prisoners seized control of a dormitory for several hours April16 at the state prison in Kershaw.

    One of the injured guards is from Pageland. The Pageland Progressive Journal spoke to the victim’s brother, who wanted to keep his brother’s identity confidential for now. He said his brother was doing well and had been released from the hospital.

  • No charges yet filed in Jefferson shooting

    No charges have been filed as of yet in the Jefferson shooting where a son accidentally shot his mother.

    Investigator James John of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and charges may be forthcoming.

    The victim, 76-year-old Jayvilliuan Covington, remains in the hospital, but is doing much better, John said.

    The incident occurred on April 16 on West Baker Street in Jefferson at Covington’s home. Her son, 38-year-old Jonathan Covington, got into an argument with Corey Miller.

  • Taste of Pageland readies for second ‘Evening on the Green’

    The Pageland Garden Club is delighted to host its 19th Taste of Pageland on May 6 at the White Plains Golf Club.     

    The theme of the event is “An Evening on the Green,” as it was last year. It will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. and will showcase elaborate tables with scrumptious foods by various local vendors.     

    Guests can mingle, drink and eat as they enjoy musical entertainment by Three Peace, a 60’s and 70’s acoustic rock and roll band.     

  • Operation Hope holds fun day with a purpose to inspire

    About 75 local children and teenagers participated in the second annual Youth Empowerment/Fun Day held March 25 at the Pageland Community Center.

    The event was sponsored by Operation Hope Community Programs Inc., whose motto is, “Lifting as We Climb.”     

    Jeff Blakeney, co-founder, said the organization’s purpose is to provide hope, positivity and a means to an improved and more productive community at-large.     

  • Living with Parkinson’s disease

    Pageland resident James “Jimmy” Holley said he was devastated after finding out he had Parkinson’s disease.     

    Holley, who was diagnosed with the disease over a year ago, said he knew there was something seriously wrong before his diagnosis.     

    “I was having difficulty walking,” Holley recalled.  “I had also had some falls.”     

  • Five things to do on May 6

    May 6 is a special date on the planning calendar. No, there’s not going to be a solar eclipse or a pink moon. But there are a host of activities planned for the town of Pageland and surrounding communities to fit a variety of tastes. And who says there’s nothing to do in Pageland? Clip and save, and check them out.

  • Family Day at the ballpark

    This year, 304 children participated in the Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball Family Day April 22. The season began on April 17 with the last game set for June 1. There are 28 teams. Dixie Youth raised more than $6,000 through its doughnut fundraiser. The winner of the most sold was the Middleton Construction Wee Ball Team.

  • Central head football coach to leave the Eagles

    Head football coach Craig Hatcher announced to Central High football players April 5 of his plans to leave Central at the end of the school year to take the athletic director’s job at Chesterfield High School.

    Players were called to the locker room, where Hatcher made the announcement.

  • Pageland Cleanup Week starts April 17

    It’s time for spring cleaning – not just your closets, but your neighborhood.

    The Pageland Town Council set Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, as Spring Cleanup Week.

    This means residents are encouraged to make an effort to pick up trash in and around their neighborhoods and in downtown Pageland.

    During cleanup week, the town will pick up washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, heaters, air conditioners, household furniture and the like.