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Today's News

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House moves on bills as crossover date nears

    Tremendous progress was made on the calendar this week, numerous bills were passed and have been sent to the Senate.
    This is an extremely busy time during legislative session because we are approaching the crossover deadline. Crossover is the last day for a bill to pass out of the House and move forward for consideration in the Senate. Among the bill passed are:
    ◆ H. 3759 – The S.C. Education, Career, Opportunity, and Access for All Act
    ◆ H. 4000 and H. 4001 – The General Appropriations Bill and Capital Reserve Fund (the budget)

  • COLUMN: Legislature honors Deputy from McBee

    A bridge over U.S. 1 outside McBee should shortly be named in honor of Chesterfield County lawman Sgt. Darryl Quick,
    Rep. Richie Yow introduced a bill honoring Quick. The House has passed the ball and it awaits action the state Senate.
    Quick, a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s sergeant, died in July 23, 2008 in an off-duty, head-on collision.

    Yow’s resolution to honor Quick

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Sharing our presidential success

    This past weekend the Progressive Journal joined an elite group within the South Carolina Press Association.
    The Progressive Journal won a share of the President’s Cup, which is given to the most outstanding papers in the press association’s annual contest.
    Six cups are awarded, based on circulation size. The Progressive Journal competes in the small weekly division.
    This year there are seven winners, a first for the press association.

  • Central relying on young golfers

    Central’s golf team won back-to-back matches last week.
    On last Tuesday, Central totaled 169 strokes at the Kershaw Country Club to beat Andrew Jackson, 173, and North Central 219.
    David Oliver, a seventh-grader led Central with a 37. Noah Johns, a sophomore, had a 41; Chance Horton, an eighth-grader, had a 43; and Connor Cryster, an eight-grader, had a 48.
    On Thursday, Central had 165 strokes at the White Plains County Club to beat North Central, 202, and Lewisville, 213.
    Oliver shot a two-under par 34. Johns shot 42, Horton 43 and Cryster 46.

  • A grand time for Cheraw

    Kevin Thurman, long-time softball coach at Central and now Cheraw, had a career first in the game against Loris last Tuesday.
    It was the first time that two of his players hit grand slam home runs in the same game.
    Jazz Dixon hit the first grand slam in the first inning.
    Eryn Butler hit the second grand slam in the third inning. Butler nearly had another grand slam in the fourth inning. She finished the game 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs.
    Cheraw beat Loris, 14-0. 

  • Central, Buford tangle in key region game

    Wednesday’s Central-Buford game is a battle of the top AA softball teams in the state. 
    Central, undefeated at 14-0, is ranked No. 1 in AA and 15th overall in the state.
    Buford, 11-3, is ranked No. 3 in AA.
    It is a region game for the teams. Central is 7-0, while Buford is 8-1. Buford only region loss was 4-3 to Central.
    That game was tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh at Central. Karly Kirkley hit the game-winning single on a 1-1 pitch.

  • Central’s Parks posts a trifecta

    On first glance, Jamie Parks’ stats for last week appear to show an OK outing. 
    He threw 7.1 innings, allowed a run, six hits, struck out seven and walked two – an average of a hit and a strikeout per inning.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Central’s Myers reaches her DECA goals

    From the day I attended my first DECA state meeting in 2017, I knew I wanted to be a state officer.
    Last month, I reached that goal, being elected South Carolina DECA’s Vice President of Leadership.
    In 2017, Central participated in competitive DECA for the first time. I was appointed the Director of Competitions.
    At the 2017 Region II qualifying event, I placed tenth in the Individual Entrepreneurship Series. At the 2018 state competition, I switched to public speaking and placed seventh.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Proposed bill to lower state income tax rates

    Last week was a big step forward in reducing income taxes in South Carolina.
    Several months ago, House Speaker Jay Lucas, who represents a portion of Chesterfield County, created a special legislative committee to focus on tax reform. The committee’s first bill proposes reducing income taxes. This bill, H.4334, would reduce income taxes from 7% to a flat rate of 4.5%, making South Carolina competitive with neighboring states.

    Waiting on the Senate

  • Deputies make nine drug arrests

    HARTSVILLE – Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies made nine drug arrested March 22 in the Hartsville area of the county.
    Deputies were asked to make a property check on a residence on Sherri Lane.
    Deputies found nine people on the property. An investigation found a large amount   of a white-crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, other drug paraphernalia, guns and a large quantity of cash.
    Arrested were:
    ◆ Caroline Victoria Chapman, 18, drug trafficking in meth or cocaine, 28 to 100 grams, first offense