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Today's News

  • Praying for Pageland

    Suicides, shooting deaths and other untimely events have shaken Pageland in recent weeks.
    Residents responded with three community prayer events last week that held one common message: “There is hope and help for the hopeless.”

    Candlelight vigil focuses on love
    Family, friends and former coaches of Jakia Seegars held a candlelight vigil at the Central High School softball field on May 16 in her memory.

  • Temporary ordinance OK’s festival beer sales

    The Pageland Town Council will allow beer sales at the Watermelon Festival under a temporary ordinance that will be reviewed at the end of the festival.
    The council voted 6-1 on May 14 for the temporary ordinance. Councilman Joe Clontz was the only “no” vote.
    The vote follows several weeks of discussion between the town council and the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the festival.
    Several new conditions were agreed to at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Chesterfield delegation: More work needed on education reform

    The South Carolina legislature made strides in education reform this session, but much more needs to be done to make up for 16 years of neglect by state leaders, say Chesterfield County legislators Sen.Vincent Sheheen, D-Kerhaw, and Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield.
    Sheheen and Yow, speaking to the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council last Friday, said teacher raises and reducing the number of standardized tests are steps in the right direction.
    More work needs to be done, they said, especially in the area of testing, class sizes, and funding.

  • Familiar face coming to New Heights

    While Omoro King has a new title, he will continue to serve students from Jefferson Elementary.
    King was named the new principal of New Heights Middle School last week.
    He has been the principal at Jefferson for four years and will see his former students as Jefferson and Pageland elementary schools feed into New Heights.
    The chance to work with so many students he already knows was a reason King accepted the school system’s request to change schools.

  • Honoring those who serve

    The phone rings.
    You answer, asking only where are you going. You can’t say how long you will be gone, or when you will return.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon reflected on those calls Sunday during his department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service.
    Twelve officers from Chesterfield County were recognized Sunday for answering that call and never coming home.
    A thirteenth, Sgt. Darryl Quick of McBee was added to that list. Quick died July 23, 2008, in an off-duty, head-on car collision.

  • Grants help in hurricane relief efforts

    From release

    Grants distributed through the Julius Peppers Fund and other sources to agencies in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties for hurricane relief were:

    Julius Peppers Grants
    ◆ Sandhills Volunteer Fire Department, $75,000 for an emergency generator
    ◆ Operation Hope, $5,000 for food and clothing. So far, more than ten families and 150 children have been helped.

  • Lynches River donates truck to PFD
  • Central celebrates academic achievement in sporting way

    By KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal
    Central High celebrated fifty-one seniors Friday as they signed their letters of intent to attend college or enter the military.
    “It is important to recognize the academic achievements of our seniors.  Typically, the public only sees athletes signing letters of intent.  Academic pursuits are just as important,” said Quincy Smith, guidance counselor for the senior class.

  • Meet Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee

    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: Three years
    Education: Broward College, Fla.
    Work experience: Traffic homicide investigator, general investigator, chief of Pageland Police Department; a total of 30 years
    What led you to law enforcement? Public service was a major discussion among family and friends.

  • Warrant stop leads to more charges

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputies serving an arrest warrant on May 12 filed additional charges against the man being served.
    Ivan C. David, 37, of the 100 block of Buie Street, Chesterfield, was stopped in his car by a deputy.
    The deputy stopped David and advised him he had an outstanding warrant for a petit larceny charge.
    After arresting David, the deputy search the car, finding marijuana, a pills, a loaded handgun and machete in a case.