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Today's News

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: What kind of bird is Humpty Dumpty?

    I never pondered the question when growing up.
    But after attending Crystal Tadlock’s fourth-grade class at Pageland Elementary School, I’ve been consumed with it. What kind of bird is Humpty Dumpty?  
    It happened after Tadlock read “After the Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again” by Dan Santat.
    I learned that all the King’s men did manage to put Humpty Dumpty back together.
    I learned there were some parts of Humpty Dumpty that couldn’t be healed, leaving him with a fear of heights.

  • County baseball, softball teams await playoffs

    Spring break will be a tune-up for the playoffs for Chesterfield County baseball teams
    McBee is playing is playing four games at the Mungo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach.
    Cheraw and Central are playing in a tournament sponsorsed by the Braves.
    Central is also playing a region doubleheader at Lee Central to finish its 4-AA season.
    Chesterfield beat Justice 5-4 Monday on a walk-off single by Adam Bytheway in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bytheway singled on a 0-2 count.

  • Central boys, Cheraw girls dominate

    Central and Cheraw split the Chesterfield County Track and Field championships last week.
    Central won the boys’ meet and Cheraw claimed the girls’ title.
    Central dominated on the track, winnings all three relay races, the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the mid-stance races of 400- and 800-meters, as well as long-distance races of 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
    Members of Central’s relay teams were: Ay’den Chambers, Brandon Edmond, Miquel Funderburk, JR Reid; Jaquel Funderburk, EJ Threatt, Gavin Eubanks, and Edgar Guzman.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Do homework before hiring a master planner

    Pageland’s desire to have a variety of firms interested in developing a master plan for downtown is understandable.
    We want to get the best possible plan with the largest amount of civic engagement.
    But in this case, Pageland may be starting the process without doing all its homework.
    Ads placed in the Progressive Journal stated the town was interested in a master plan for downtown.
    Why just downtown?
    Why not the entire town?

  • GUEST COLUMN: Five Words for Easter

    In the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul gives us an outline of Easter events.
    He mentions two of the final appearances of Jesus to the people following his death.
    One of those appearances is referred to this way, “He (Jesus) was seen by James.”
    Paul gives us no more details than those five words. Five words may not seem like much. These five words recorded by Paul have enormous weight and significance. They represent a new chapter in the journey of one of Jesus’ closest relatives.

  • Brother Open ups fund-raising goal

    By PENELOPE D. McCLENNY
    Special to the Progressive Journal

    The Brother Open will celebrate ten years of supporting the American Cancer Society with its annual golf tournament on June 8.
    Organizers are setting the loftiest fundraising goal for the event ever.  
    The tournament has raised more than $80,000 to help fund research and assist cancer patients. This year’s goal is $20,000.

  • Central golfers top Chesterfield in region play

    Central’s golf team won two regional matches and played in a North Carolina tournament last week.
    On April 1, Central had a 171 to beat Chesterfield, which had a 175, at the Green River Golf Club. 
    Leading Central was David Oliver with a 39, followed by Noah Johns, 40; Chance Horton, 43; and Connor Cryster, 49.
    On April 3, the team played at the Springtime tournament in Monroe. Central finished 14th out of 17 teams with a 361. Oliver finished tied second in the 18-hole tournament with a round of 85.

  • ‘United We Ball!’

    By JAMAL BALDWIN
    Special to the Progressive Journal

    After a couple of friendly matches last year to evaluate student interest, 2019 marked the debut of the soccer program at New Heights Middle School
    The program has more than 30 students with girls, boys, and coed teams.

  • Central stumbles with back-to-back losses

    BUFORD – Central’s quest for an undefeated softball season ended last week with back-to-back loss to region foes Buford and Chesterfield.
    Buford snapped Central’s undefeated season with a 3-1 win at home last Wednesday.
    “Buford just outplayed us; it is just that simple,” said Eagles’ coach Eddie Rivers.
    Central pitcher Hannah Killough struggled to find her rhythm.

  • Key matchup to determine playoff picture

    Chesterfield County high school baseball teams are playing for post-season seedings this week.
    In AAA, Cheraw, 5-1 in district and 11-4 overall, has key matchups with Aynor and Loris.
    Cheraw lost to Aynor, 12-11, earlier in the season and defeated Loris, 4.1.
    Cheraw is ranked seventh in AAA by MaxPreps.
    In AA, Central’s Tuesday game against Andrew Jackson could determine if the Eagles win the 4-AA title, or are in a three-way or two-way tie.