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Today's News

  • #PickPageland in Top 20

    More than 10,000 of towns across the United States applied for a $1 million downtown makeover.
    Twenty remain.
    Pageland is one of them.
    #PickPageland created a social media storm that caught the attention of the producers of the show Small Business Revolution, said Timothy Griffin.
    Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind #PickPageland, said the social media frenzy was 800 “hits” to the show’s Facebook page, in just two weeks.

  • S.C. 9 changes, concerns voiced

    The first step in possibly improving S.C. 9 between Pageland and Ruby is complete.
    Representatives from the S.C. Department of Transportation and its consultant listened to about 100 residents last week give their thoughts on the roadway.
    Some stressed safety and car crashes. 
    Others talked about the path of the road and the possibility of more lanes, especially four lanes. 
    A few talked about the strategic importance of the road and its economic development impact.

  • Volunteers to run 2019 Watermelon Festival

    The 2019 Watermelon Festival will be run by an all-volunteer organization.
    Previous Watermelon Festivals were run by Darron Kirkley, a paid employee of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce. This was the eleventh year Kirkley has produced the festival.
    The chamber recently decided not to fund that position, said chamber president Timothy Griffin.
    The 2019 festival is being run by a committee formed by the chamber and the Pageland Town Council.

  • Truck traffic changes coming

    Signs limiting truck traffic in downtown Pageland should be going up soon, says Mayor Jason Evans.
    In October the town council passed an ordinance prohibiting through truck traffic on Pearl Street.
    The ordinance does not apply to local truck traffic.
    The South Carolina Department of Transportation has reviewed the ordinance and the signs have been ordered, Evans said.

  • Pageland Christmas shopping team returns

    By VANESSA BREWER-TYSON and MELINDA CATO
    Progressive Journal
    Local residents can start their holiday shopping in downtown Pageland.
    Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, the Progressive Journal’s Christmas shopping team,  took to the streets last Thursday,taking advantage of the Christmas Open House.
    First stop? Rivers Graphics where  Cato admired the colorful scarves hanging near the entrance.

  • Senior Spotlight: Zuelee F. Miller

    Mrs. Miller turned 100 years old Nov. 9. She was born two days before the end of World War I.
    Age: 100
    Town: Pageland
    Family: One daughter, Hattie; two daughters, deceased; three grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren
    Church: Salem United Methodist Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Custodian, Chesterfield County School District, 29 years; custodian, Pageland Town Hall, 25 years

  • Recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner

    Linda Knight remembers one of the first big family dinners she cooked.
    Her mother wanted an 8-layer, thin chocolate cake.
    With the eight layers baked and carefully placed, Knight prepared to ice the cake.
    “Suddenly it cracked, like an earthquake. Cracked right down the center,” Knight remembers.
    Knight threw a fit.
    She slammed her fists into the cake.
    She grabbed gobs of cake and threw them. “There was cake all over the kitchen,” she said.

  • Fire strikes Pageland landmark

    An early morning fire Monday destroyed about one-half of a 100-year-old home on McGregor Street.
    Residents along the street reported smelling smoke about 2:30 a.m.
    The Pageland Fire Department responded to 301 West McGregor St., finding the old wooden, yellow-painted building on fire.
    The building had been a residence, boarding home and most recently, the offices of Elite Counseling.
    Pageland firefighters were assisted by High Point, Sand Hill and Lane’s Creek fire departments.

  • Veterans Day, a Gold Star family reunion

    When Richie Yow was set to graduate his Air Force training his grandmother, Louise Jones, flew to Texas for the ceremony.
    “She was a nervous wreck,” Yow, now a S.C. representative and minister, said Friday as the speaker at Pageland’s Veterans Day ceremony.
    “She was afraid where I might go.”
    Jones, said Yow, was an unofficial Gold Star mother, the status reserved for mothers who have lost their sons or daughters in service to their country.

  • All present or accounted for

    The final roll call for the soldiers of Chesterfield County of World War 1 resounded across Moore’s Park in Pageland on Saturday.
    The roll call started with Sgt. Robert McDonald of Cheraw and ended with Pvt. Joseph Bittle of Chesterfield.
    McDonald was one of six Chesterfield County soldiers in Co. I of the 118th infantry regiment to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor.
    He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for attacking a machine gun position on Oct. 8, 1918.