Today's News

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Please, pick Pageland

    Dear Amanda, Ty, Deluxe Corp., and the producers of “Small Business Revolution: Main Street.”
    In our quest to become reality TV stars, Pageland has already mastered one role.
    We are transforming before our very own eyes.
    For years we were fragmented, with each person or organization chasing individual goals.
    Now, people who have not talked to each other in years are collaborating.
    You have helped us find our heart.

  • Jerry “Shug” Haigler: He loved the game, loved the people, they loved him

    For more than 40 years, Jerry Haigler was the voice of Pageland athletes.
    Every Tuesday or Wednesday, local athletes – stars as well as stand-ins – would grab the Pageland paper to see what he had written.
    Haigler, who died Jan. 13 at age 73, described his writings as the “Sgt. Joe Friday style,” get the facts – the correct spelling of an athlete’s name, his or her game statistics, and a quote or two.

  • Dear Amanda

    Assuming there has been no change in your schedule, welcome to Pageland!
    Since you have been talking with Tim Griffin – our own version of P.T. Barnum – and your staff has been researching us, we know you know, among other things:
    Pageland claims to be the Watermelon Capital of the World and our athletes and actors are world class.
    What you may not know is:
    • We like to rumble.
    • We run with the melons, not the bulls.
    • We love to rave about the people with Pageland roots.

  • Shug Haigler, Voice of the Eagles, dies at 72

    Jerry Thomas "Shug" Haigler, sports writer for the Progressive Journal for more than 40 years, died Sunday. He was 72.
    He covered all sports, praising the efforts of hundreds of young athletes. He showcased former Central High School and Pageland High School athletes in a weekly column called “Where Are They Now.”
    A collection of the columns – “Where Are They Now?” – was published in 2009.

  • Jefferson sports registration

    Jefferson Dixie Youth is accepting registrations for the spring softball and baseball seasons.
    The ages are 3 to 14 for boys and 3 to 18 for girls.
    The registration fee for wee ball, tee ball and sweet tees is $45 and $55 for all other divisions.
    Registration at the Jefferson Town Hall during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesday the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The last day to register is Feb. 22.

  • Central player injury being evaluated

    Yvonne Vanderpool of Central suffered a bad back bruise in Friday’s game with Andrew Jackson.
    She appeared to hit her head hard on the court in the second quarter, said coach Eddie Rivers. Rescue crews took every precaution in caring for her, Rivers said. She was put on a back board and taken from the court on a stretcher.
    When Vanderpool can return to play has not been determined, Rivers said.

  • 13 graduate from Nursing Assistant program

    From release

    Thirteen students recently graduated Northeastern Technical College’s Nursing Assistant (NA) Program
    Nursing assistant graduates are Alice Gibson of McColl, Tara Harrington of Wallace, Angela Hill of Cheraw, Kristen Honeycutt of Ruby, Courtney Jackson of Bennettsville, Shonda Little of Cheraw, Britney Lowery of Clio, Mary McDowell of McColl, Billie Morton of Chesterfield, Victoria Scott of McColl, Alexus Stubbs of McColl, Lamarte Townsend of Cheraw, and Kerria Wilson of Jefferson.

  • McLeod physicians honored

    From release

    Five McLeod physicians were recently honored with the Pillars of Professionalism Awards at the McLeod Regional Medical Staff meeting.
    The fifth-annual event recognizes physicians who reflect the highest values in professional medical excellence.
    The 2018 recipients were Dr. Carmen Piccolo, Dr. Timothy Hagen, Dr. Jamie Smith, Dr. Amy Murrell and Dr. Gary Emerson.

  • Senior Spotlight: Boyd Hayes

    Age: 85
    Town: Pageland
    Family: Wife, Clara; one son, Johnny; three grandchildren and five great granddaughters
    Church: First Baptist
    Occupation/Retired from: Long distance truck driver for 60 years/covered 48 states
    Favorite meal: Filet mignon, baked potato, a salad and hush puppies
    Favorite TV show: Sports, especially the Carolina Panthers’ games
    How you spend your days? I stay busy all the time, working in the yard and around in the house.
    Where is the last place you traveled? Myrtle Beach

  • Controlled burn planned for Cheraw State Park

    From release

    COLUMBIA – This winter and/or early spring, federally certified fire crews from The Nature Conservancy plan to treat up to 2,000 acres at Cheraw State Park with controlled burns.
    Cheraw State Park regularly performs controlled burning to reduce hazardous forest fuels that cause wildfires and to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and recreation.