Today's News

  • Business leaders focus on domestic violence

    Don Newton recently attended a 25th reunion of employees who worked at a plant where the workforce was especially closeknit.

    “Even though it went through a hostile takeover and was shut down those people still get together for a reunion,” he said.

    One of the workers was a young woman at the time Newton worked in personnel. He walked up when she was telling the former company president that Newton “is the reason why she’s alive today.”

  • Hard work lands good job

    Special to the Progressive Journal

    CHERAW — Would you sign up for a difficult and technical 15-week course with the hope — but no promise — of getting a quality job? While most people wouldn’t put themselves into such a tough spot, a few Chesterfield area folks took the risk — and it paid off.

  • Crack sale plea results in prison

    A 21-year-old Pageland man was sentenced to six years in the state’s youthful offender lockup last week after pleading guilty to crack cocaine possession, the first in a pile of charges he faces.

    “The other charges quite frankly are much more severe,” Deputy Solicitor Dernard Redmond told Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Burch. Prosecutors reserved the right to seek additional penalties on nine other crimes he faces.

  • What’s his name goes to jail

    A 39-year-old Lancaster man started out giving police officers a false identify and ended up deeper and deeper until he ended up in jail facing charges of giving false information, possessing stolen property, no proof of insurance and driving under suspension — for the sixth time.

  • Carjacker captured in Jefferson

    A carjacker with a lengthy criminal record was caught less than an hour after he pulled a gun on a motorist in Pageland and sped away in his 2003 Nissan Altima last week.

    Police got a report at 7:35 on Wednesday night (Oct. 27) that a 21-year-old man had just become the victim of the carjacking. Travis Wesley Hayes, of Tadlock Road, told investigators that he was walking toward his car at McDonalds when a male wearing jeans, a black tank top and black toboggan approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys.

  • Central makes state cross country meet

    Central High School’s cross country runners qualified for the state meet in Columbia Saturday by finishing in the top 12 in the Lower State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Eagle harriers just made it, finishing 12th, to make it to the state meet this weekend at Sandhill Research Center.

  • Pageland court report

    Pageland town court dispositions from Oct. 20:

    Saul Barron Martinez - criminal domestic violence, assault and battery, 30 days time served public works


    Shirlerece Stareka Redfern - ABC violation, DUS, $2,105 or 180 days


    Buddy Aaron Fields - speeding - $82


    Karen Marie Crandell - speeding - $82


    Stephanie Nicole Smith - speeding - $82


    John Rochel Rivers, Jr - seatbelt violation - $25


  • South Pointe finishes 5-5 in league

      The South Pointe Patriot soccer team suffered two disheartening losses at the close of the season.

         On Friday, Oct. 15, the Patriots traveled to Conway and lost 3-2 against Conway Christian School.

         Jackson Reese scored South Pointe’s only goals, the first on a penalty kick and the second on an assist by Aakash Patel. Goalkeeper Dustin Brecht blocked 14 shots.  David Hart and Wyatt Chapman blocked 1 apiece.

  • South Pointe wins first round of volleyball playoffs

    South Pointe Christian School defeated Conway Christian School 4 games to 1 on Oct. 21, to advance to the quarterfinals of the S.C. Association of Christian Schools Tuesday (Oct. 26), taking on Northside Christian School in Charleston.

    If they win, the Lady Patriots advance to the SCACS Final Four this weekend in Greenville.

    After a loss at Conway Oct. 15, the Lady Patriots regrouped at home last week.

    “They pulled it back together and they played really well here Thursday,” Athletic Director Brett Reese said.

  • EDITORIAL: Co-Op rezoning deserves a yes vote

    More facts have come to light about a proposed new headquarters for Lynches River Electric Cooperative in Pageland. The evidence weighs heavily in favor of going forward.