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Today's News

  • Judge denies bond for suspect in home invasion

    CHESTERFIELD — A man accused of a home invasion while free on bond for murder charges now resides in the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

    Judge Paul Burch denied bond for Jonathan Franklin Hancock, 24, of 703 Jim Rivers Road, Chesterfield, on charges stemming from a Feb. 27, 2008, home invasion that left an elderly woman beaten and robbed.

    “To experience what we went through and seeing (my mother) that morning beaten to a pulp is an experience I never, ever want to go through again,” said Wanda Allen.

  • Library to get new website

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  • Eagles tame Bearcats

    PAGELAND — Central opened its 2009 football season with a convincing 27-7 win over a very good Anson County team. The Bearcats had beaten Forest Hills 21-14 a week earlier.

    The Eagles scored on their first possession of the game. After holding the Bearcats,

  • ‘State of the economy’ addressed at industry appreciation event

    Hold tight Chesterfield County.

    As the local unemployment rate continued a consecutive month downward, job growth remains months — if not a couple years — down the road.

    Thursday marked the annual state of local economics along with Chesterfield County Economic Development Board Industry Appreciation Pig Pickin’ at Craig Park.

    The year hasn’t been the best in the county’s history with double-digit unemployment numbers, but light is at the end of the tunnel, county officials said.

  • Meet the candidates for Pageland mayor, town council Oct. 8 at public forum

    PAGELAND — Local voters will have at least two opportunities to meet the candidates running for public office this year.

    There are currently 11 men and women seeking election to three council seats and the office of mayor. On Oct. 8, The Progressive Journal will conduct a forum with the candidates at The Pointe, a youth center operated by Southpointe Fellowship in uptown Pageland.

    The forum will include question and answer sessions with the candidates. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Junior Eagles defeat Keenan 28-8

    Central’s junior varsity snapped a two-game losing streak at home last Wednesday by defeating the visiting Keenan Raiders 28-8 and improved their record to 3-3 at the mid-point of the season.

    Receiving the opening kickoff, Central put together a 12-play drive to the Raiders’ 4-yard line, only to lose the ball on a fumble. The defender scooped up the ball and rambled 94 yards for a touchdown. With the two-point conversion, Keenan led 8-0 at the 5:30 mark of the opening quarter.

  • Meet your candidates at public forums

    PAGELAND - Local voters will have at least two opportunities to meet the candidates running for public office this year.

    There are currently 13 men and women seeking election to three council seats and the office of mayor. On Oct. 8, The Progressive Journal will conduct a forum with the candidates at The Pointe, a youth center operated by Southpointe Fellowship in uptown Pageland.

    The forum will include question and answer sessions with the candidates. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Pageland church marks 115 years of worship

    PAGELAND — On Sept. 20, members, family, former members and friends celebrated the 115th anniversary Providence Baptist Church.

  • School district re-instates employee furloughs

    Once again, financial woes will see Chesterfield County educators sent home without pay for five days.

    During the course of the fiscal year, the Chesterfield County School District is expected to receive a midyear cut of state money in the tune of $800,000.

    In anticipation of the shortfall, members of the Chesterfield County Board of Education enacted four additional furlough days for school employees and eight days for administrators during a Sept. 14 meeting bringing the total of unpaid days off to 5 and 10 — the maximum currently allowed by state law.

  • Long: Social network sites a ‘hacker’s paradise’

    JEFFERSON  The town won’t have its own Facebook page.

    However, Jefferson will likely have an online presence of some sort.

    “No Facebook, no Twitter,” Councilman Jack Long said balking at putting Jefferson on social networking sites. “They are a hacker’s paradise.”

    Instead, Long suggested the town pursues a static web site requiring minimum upkeep.

    “Nobody wants to take the time to update them. You can have a full time person to sit and respond to a million and a half (tweets),” Long said.