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Today's News

  • Mt. Croghan accident victim dies from injuries

    The driver of a 2006 Volkswagen Passat died July 22 after running of the road near Society Hills.
    Henry Louis Gray, 74, of Mount Crogan was driving south on U.S. 52 when he veered off the right side of the road, hitting a tree about 12:30 p.m. 
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported it is not known whether Gray was wearing a seat belt.

  • Jefferson death now considered homicide

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and state law enforcement are calling the July 21 death of Beckham Miller, 74, of Jefferson a homicide.
    No other details have been released. An autopsy was peformed July 23.
    Sheriff James Dixon said a friend came by to see him at his home on Mine Street and found him dead.
    The sheriff called the death suspicious based on what they found at the Mine Street home.

  • 3 arrested on conspiracy charges

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three people on conspiracy to commit an armed robbery.
    Arrested were Dustin L. Baker, 40, of Jefferson; Gary Moree, 44, of Pageland, and Nicole M. Garner, 30 of Pageland.
    According to a sheriff’s office report, Baker learned there was a house in Patrick where there “were more guns than you can carry and a lot of money.”

  • Teens arrested for breaking and entering

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two teens on July 20 on breaking and entering charges of a Pageland residence.
    According to a sheriff’s office report, deputies responded to an alarm at a house on Maples Road about 1 a.m. on July 19.
    They found the back door of the residence kicked in. A search found one victim in a bedroom. The victim told deputies she fired a shot at one of teens, but was unsure if she had hit him.

  • Pageland publisher wins community journalism award

    PENSACOLA, Florida – Susan Rowell, publisher of the Progressive Journal, and three other South Carolina newspapers, is being presented with one of the top awards in community journalism.
    Rowell will be awarded the Emma C. McKinney Award at the National Newspaper Association’s annual convention on Oct. 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

  • Pageland counseling business rises from fire

    It was about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 12 when Martin Etheridge, owner of Elite Community Counseling, got the call. His office in Pageland was on fire.
    Etheridge, a resident of Indian Land, could hear the urgency in his friend’s voice as she told him 301 W. McGregor St. was in flames.
    “I was in shock,” Etheridge said. “It was like a dream.”
    “Once I saw the building in flames, reality set in,” Etheridge said. “My focus shifted to all of my clients.”

  • Top Draw

    “The Lion King” is the king of the Ball Theatre.
    On Sunday afternoon the recently released Disney movie became the all-time leading draw, surpassing “I Can Only Imagine,” which attracted about 2,000 patrons.
    “The Lion King” was a sellout when it premiered in Pageland on July 18 and attendance has been steady, said theater manager Rodney Nicholson.

  • Blood donors often life savers

    By DAVID KELLIN
    For the Progressive Journal

    A November 2018 car accident threw Ashlynn Plyler from her vehicle, resulting in life-threatening injuries to her neck, ribs, spine, and pelvis
    Airlifted to Charlotte, she received two blood transfusions that were the beginning of her recovery. Over three days she had two surgeries to place rods and pins in her pelvis and spine to stabilize her bones.
    “Two people I did not know gave me blood and that saved my life,” Plyler said of the transfusions.

  • Chesterfield County schools adding security scanners

    Entry into Chesterfield County’s high and middle schools may be slower – but hopefully safer – this year.
    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the school district have coordinated to add metal detectors at each high school and each middle schools.
    Some of the units will be portable, allowing them to be used at athletic events, said Sheriff James Dixon.
    Safety should offset and time inconvenience, Dixon said.
    The sheriff’s office raised $41,000 to purchase four permanent units and two portable units.

  • Jefferson Belles lose in state finals

    By KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal

    Nothing came easy for Jefferson Belles All Stars last Wednesday, as they fell 11-5 to Monck’s Corner in the state championship softball game.
    Jefferson scored two runs in the top of the sixth, Moncks Corner answered with two of its own via errors.
    Gracie Decuir got the start for Moncks Corner. She went two innings, holding Jefferson hitless and runless while striking out five and walking one.