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Today's News

  • CHESCO Services receives donation

    The Knights of Columbus’ regional council recently donated $657 to CHESCO Services in Pageland.
    The money is from the organization’s annual Tootsie Roll campaign. 
    Donations support programs that improve the quality of life for people with mental and physical disabilities.  Donors receive a tootsie roll for their charitable contributions.

  • Mental testing ordered on Breanna Lewis

    CHESTERFIELD – A judge wants more information and a mental evaluation before considering bond for Breanna Lewis, the young mother accused of killing her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee, on May 29.
    Lewis made her first court appearance Wednesday since being arrested June 6. She has been in custody since May 31 after being questioned by Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies. She did not appear at two previous court hearings in the case.
    Lewis did not speak at Wednesday’s bond hearing.

  • County rivals face off

    Myers Park Christmas Tournament
    Boys scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 75, Central 43
    Dec. 28
    Central 61, Providence 58
    Dec. 29
    Hough 56, Central 32
    Girls scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 62, Central 12
    Dec. 28
    Hough 64, Central 16
    Dec. 29
    Charlotte Catholic 63, Central 20

    The stats
    Varsity Boys Basketball
    Jan. 3
    Cheraw 58, Central 44

  • Sandhill Telephone offering free long distance calls

    Sandhill Telephone Cooperative is now giving its residential customers free unlimited long distance phone call service.
    Lee Chambers, chief executive officer and and general manager of Sandhill Telephone, said it makes sense to offer this service to its residential customers.
    “Basically, we have been competing with large cell phone companies,” Chambers said.  “Long distance rates have dropped tremendously.
    “Having free unlimited long distance telephone service is a good reason for people to want to use their land lines.”

  • Christmas Eve shooting leads to murder charge

    The Cheraw man accused of a shooting on Christmas Eve faces attempted murder charges.
    Demonta Deone Gillespie, 36, of the 300 block of High Street, has been arrested on assault/attempted murder charges. He has been released on a $100,000 bond. 
    Gillespie allegedly shot a resident of Cheraw. The victim was treated at McLeod Health in Cheraw.
    Witnesses at the party told Chesterfield County deputies that Gillespie had a gun and used a black coat to cover it.

  • Preparations on track for Pageland’s television audition

    Work continues to clean-up Pageland and prepare for the upcoming visit by the Small Business Revolution Main Street crew on Jan. 24.
    The #mypageland organizers want a “comprehensive clean-up” of the downtown as Pageland makes its bid for the Top 5 towns competing for a $500,000 downtown makeover.  

  • Mayor Evans’ ideas for 2019

    The Pageland Town Council holds its first meeting of the year tonight. New business on the agenda includes “traffic study proposals.”
    It is just one of the items Mayor Jason Evans wants the town to consider in 2019. Evans recently sat down with the Progressive Journal to discuss his agenda for the new year.

    Traffic study proposals

  • Session starts with focus on education

    COLUMBIA – Education likely will be the top priority for the S.C. General Assembly session that opened today.
    “We are absolutely at a crisis” when it comes to education, Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster, told members of the S.C. Press Association at a pre-session workshop last week.
    More than 20 legislators attending the media workshop said this is the year the General Assembly will look at education issues for “PK-16,” shorthand for pre-kindergarten programs through college.

  • ‘J.D. stands for justice delivered’

    CHERAW – James Dixon scanned the crowd at the Pee Dee Union Baptist Church in Cheraw.
    The sanctuary was full.
    In the center pews and along one wall were deputies of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, watching Dixon take the oath of office. He defeated incumbent Jay Brooks in the Democratic primary in June and was unopposed in the November election.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Pageland chamber unveils its 3-year plan

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Pageland and the small local business and industries that make up that area. 
    When I assumed the role of President of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, I made the commitment to the economic development, promotion and well being of the businesses here in Pageland.  This included not only the large Industries, but the small local businesses that make up the chamber membership.