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Today's News

  • Accommodation tax proposals sought

    CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County Economic Development is seeking proposals funded by accommodation tax from organizations whose primary focus is increasing tourism within the county. 
    S.C. law requires accommodations tax revenue be spent on tourism related activities.
    Applications for accommodation taxes should have data to show the tourism impact. 

  • No storm damage reported

    Chesterfield County Emergency Services reported two tornado warnings but no major damage from the storms of April 14.
    Director Harold Hainey said one of the tornado warnings was in the Jefferson-Pageland-Mt Croghan area; the the other was in the McBee-Patrick-Cheraw area.
    Hainey said there was one report of hail from the storm.
    Because of all the rain, there continues to be a flood warning for the Pee Dee River through Wednesday.

  • Meet Pageland Police Officer Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain

    Rank: Sergeant
    Length of time with the Pageland Police Department: 3 years; 23 years in law enforcement
    Age: 45

  • Senior Spotlight: Magdalene Rushing

    Age: 80
    Town:  Pageland
    Family: Husband, Alvin; two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren
    Church: Oro Church
    Occupation/Retired from: Machine operator, Perfect Fit in Monroe, N.C./35 years
    Favorite meal: Fried or baked chicken, greens and rice
    Favorite TV show: “The Price Is Right”
    How you spend your days? Cleaning  the house and working in my yard and garden.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Eagles place 2nd in state competition

    Eight Central High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Competition in Greenville.
    Students competed in three different areas: team works, individual carpentry and residential wiring. 
    In Team Works, four-member teams build, wire, and plumb a structure, and then lay brick around part of it. 
    Central’s team finished second in the state. Team members were Michael Heffner, carpenter; Grant Mullis, brick mason; Noah Spriggle, electrician, and Bryce Oliver, plumber.

  • Pageland Nutrition Center holds open house

    In an effort to get more senior participation at the Pageland Nutrition Center, the Chesterfield County Council on Aging is holding an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 9.
    Donna Rivers, executive director for the council on aging, said six vendors will be on hand at the open house to provide information for seniors.  Representatives from Care South will be there to check blood pressures, height, weight and body mass index.
    Anyone who is 60 years are older can attend.

  • Ruby resident named to Bachman Honor Society

    From release

    NEWBERRY – Sarah Johnson of Ruby has been inducted into the Bachman Honor Society at Newberry College.
    The society is named for the Rev. John Bachman, churchman and scholar and the main guiding force in the founding of Newberry College.
    Each year the society inducts new members from the top eight percent of the senior class. This year twelve seniors were selected.
    Johnson is an elementary and early childhood education major and a member of the Summerland Honors Community.

  • Tie for President’s Cup

    The Progressive Journal was named one of the most outstanding newspapers in the state Saturday by the South Carolina Press Association.
    The Progressive Journal shared the President’s Cup for the small weekly circulation class with the Kingstree News.

  • Pageland updates zoning ordinance

    The Pageland Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Pee Dee Council of Governments, has completed a comprehensive rewrite of the town’s zoning ordinance.
    The commission will review the proposed ordinance on April 17. The 3:45 meeting will be held at the town council chambers next to town hall.
    The planning commission and the council of governments started a review of the ordinance several months ago. The intent was to update the ordinance to reflect new businesses that might come to Pageland.

  • In-depth education bill stalled

    The S.C. legislature appears unlikely to meet Gov. Henry McMasters’ deadline to pass a comprehensive education reform bill.
    McMasters said last week he wants a comprehensive bill past by the end of the legislative session in May.  Waiting until next year is too long and it could affect the state’s economic recruitment efforts, he said.
    A recent series by Post and Courier of Charleston found South Carolina students are unprepared in basic math skills and in the skills needed for modern jobs.