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  • Town holds hearing on community development block grant

    The town of Pageland held a public hearing March 30 on a $1 million Community Development Block Grant it is seeking.     

    According to Shannon Munoz, community development director, the public meeting was the first step in the application process. 

    During the meeting, residents were given a chance to hear facts about the CDBG grant and give their input of how the grant should be allocated if the town is a recipient.

  • This floor was made for walkin'
  • ‘It’s all or nothing’ for lone councilwoman

    March is designated as National Women’s History Month.  Its purpose is to recognize and honor women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme for this year.

    “Your word defines who you are.”     

    These words by Pageland Town Councilwoman Elaine H. Robertson are what drive her to hold true to her beliefs.     

  • How to detect and avoid fraud and identity theft

    Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, grass is growing – and con artists are scheming.     

    With a new season, comes a new way to fraud and prey on innocent people.

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputy Larry Brown gave members of the local branch of Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) valuable tips on how to prevent fraud and identity theft at its meeting last week.     

    WIRE members also asked questions and shared their experiences with scam artists.

  • CCCC has a conversation about Medicare services

    What’s basic information to some is complicated to others, especially when it comes to Social Security, and Medicare and Medicaid.

    This is one of the reasons the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council held a global discussion on senior services at its March 17 meeting.

    John Trueluck, district manager of the Social Security Administration office in Bennettsville was one of two speakers who led conversations that sparked a lot of questions and feedback.

    Sheila Welch of the Vantage Point Area Agency on Aging was the other speaker.

  • School board faces total eclipse of the budget

    The Chesterfield County School Board received a bleak forecast regarding the state’s pension plan at its regular meeting last week.

    W. Brad Willard, chief financial officer, told members the school system may have to come up with an additional $900,000 for the 2017-2018 school year alone if it receives no help from the state.

    If the state does offer any assistance, it would be half the costs, still leaving the school system with an extra $450,000 to generate.

  • Straight Outta Jamaica

    “Wah gwaan!”

    New Heights Middle School ELA teacher, Nathalee Patterson, greeted seventh and eighth graders at a school event on March 14 with the Jamaican phrase, which means “what’s up.”

    Patterson and fellow teacher Julian Harriott, both Jamaican natives, hosted the Jamaican culture event, which included singing, dancing, a PowerPoint presentation and a display of traditional foods.

  • Blakeney: ‘Everybody is good at something’

    March is designated as National Women’s History Month.  Its purpose is to recognize and honor women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.  “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme for this year.

    Retired educator and administrator Clarice Blakeney is still blazing trails for young people who want to be successful in the educational field.     

  • Pageland Progressive wins 4 statewide awards

    Staff reports

    The Pageland Progressive Journal added more awards to its collection over weekend.

    The weekly newspaper received four statewide awards during the S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon on March 18 at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.

    Editor Kimberly Harrington and reporter Vanessa Brewer-Tyson won third place in Breaking News Reporting in the weekly under 4,500 (subscription) category for their coverage of the Ann Bennett murder/suicide case.

  • Childhood dream comes true for new cop

    The Pageland Police Department has welcomed an officer who always aspired to be a cop.

    Twenty-three-year-old Jake Brantley joined the PPD Jan. 31. He is scheduled to begin 12 weeks of training at the S.C. Police Academy in Columbia, starting March 26.     

    Brantley does not have prior experience in law enforcement, but is pursuing a degree in criminology with a minor in psychology and sociology through Southern Hampshire University.

    His work experience so far has been in sales.