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Today's News

  • Festival to honor Jefferson’s Jenkins

    The Pageland Watermelon Festival is honoring the late Billy Jenkins of Jefferson at Saturday’s parade.
    Jenkins, a second-generation farmer, died June 16. His farm is one of the few remaining in Chesterfield County that sells watermelons to wholesalers. Jenkins’ watermelon expertise was respected statewide.
    The Billy Jenkins Memorial Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Pageland tax rate could rise, but bills would drop

    Pageland residents will see their property tax drop for two years under a proposal approved last week by the town council.
    The town council voted to increase the tax rate on the first of three required readings. Tax bills would drop, however, as the credit for property tax relief would rise..
    The change is being considered because the town has not returned 100 percent of the local option sales tax revenue to residents for property tax relief in recent years.

  • Short drive moves golf company to Pageland

    One of the leaders in the golf equipment industry is moving from Monroe to Pageland.
    Dynamic Brands has purchased the former Lev Bakery building on U.S. 601, adjacent to the Walmart distribution center.
    Dynamic Brands is investing $3.8 million. The company currently employs 31 people at its Monroe location, and most of those workers are expected to come to Pageland.

  • Pageland police starting crime watch program

    The Rev. Joan McDonald recently returned home from a breakfast outing to find glass shattered on her front porch. 
    She called the Pageland Police Department. Officers investigated and took fingerprints.
    It was the third time her home has been burglarized. Twice thieves have taken a large television.
    McDonald said she believes the thieves are young people in the neighborhood. She asked her neighbors if they had seen or heard anything during the break-ins, but none of them had.

  • South Pointe names new administrator

    A veteran Chesterfield County educator is the new administrator at South Pointe Christian School in Pageland.
    Jessica Jenkins Griffin, former assistant principal of Petersburg Primary, replaces interim principal Susan Waller.  Waller will remain at the school, serving as assistant principal and grammar teacher for eighth through 10th grades.
    Griffin worked 12 years for the Chesterfield County School District.  She has been a classroom teacher, a lead teacher and a mathematics instructional coach.

  • A Mangum voice returns to call contests

    For years, Janet Mangum was the voice of the Pageland Watermelon Festival.
    With her bullhorn, Mangum turned what could have been chaos into a well-run machine, keeping children of all ages in order as they ate watermelon and spit seeds.
    Mangum, a beloved teacher at New Heights Middle School, died Jan. 13, 2017. Illness prevented her from working the 2016 festival.
    This year her niece, Jessie Mangum Kimrey, will be running the watermelon contests because, well, the festival needs a Mangum voice.

  • Cashing in on a festival dream

    Chris Quick of Jefferson will be living the dream Friday at the Watermelon Festival.
    Not only will he be making music with his friends in the band Hard Cash, he will be fulfilling a lifelong dream to perform at the festival.
    Making things even more special will be a quintet of girls on the front row. The girls, ages 4 to 17, will be seeing their daddy perform for only the second time.
    “I’ve wanted to be on that stage for years, I’d be happy just to sing one song.” Quick said.

  • Garden Club gives downtown a festival makeover

    “We always want to look our best for the Watermelon Festival,” said Amelia Clontz on Saturday as members of the Pageland Garden Club put their finishing touches on downtown flower pots.
    Her fellow garden club members quickly added that the club’s work is not just for the festival. The club works year round to beautify the town, they said. Every dollar raised by the club’s signature event, the “Taste of Pageland,” goes to downtown beautification projects.

  • Top performers coming to festival rodeo

    The top cowboy in the National Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association is expected to compete Friday and Saturday in the Pageland Watermelon Festival Rodeo.
    Jacob Dagenhart of Statesville, N.C. has won $6,117 this season, most of in the team roping competition from the heading position. He is the top-ranked calf roper in the Southern Rodeo Association.

  • Watermelon theft reported

    A Jefferson man was charged July 12 with the theft of watermelons from a market on S.C. 9, as well as, being drunk in public.
    Alonzo Blakeney Jr., 56, of the 100 block of Fork Creek Estates Road, was arrested at the farmer’s market on 38 Farmers Market Road in Jefferson.
    According to the sheriff’s office report, owners of the farmer’s market said Blakeney was suspected of stealing 50 watermelons from them two weeks ago.
    On July 12 they observed Blakeney putting watermelons in his truck and they called the sheriff’s office.