• Chamber welcomes Sondra Price

     Along with its excellent and much appreciated coverage of the Pageland Chamber’s Annual Banquet, the Progressive Journal ran a brief mention of the new designation given to the Chamber’s one employee, Sondra Price. The Chamber appreciates that coverage also.

    I had planned to issue a news release concerning the change, but I sort of announced it at the banquet and Bill Moss, being the dedicated newsman he is, did his job and reported it. Here are a few points I intended to make in a news release.

  • HSAP requirments unfair to students with disabilities

    When my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, the specialist at
    that time only told me what he would never do. They said he would never
    speak, he would never be in a regular classroom at school, he would not lead
    a normal life, and I needed to deal with that reality.
    These “professionals” did not know my son like I did.
    To make a long story short, I read everything I could read. Based on what I
    read, there is a “window” in the brain that is open for only a short

  • Spratt reflects on 28 years of service to 5th District

    On Dec. 22, 2010, U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) submitted the following

    statement for the record:

    Madam Speaker, when I was elected to Congress 28 years ago, it was the fulfillment of a life-long ambition. But I had never served in elective office before, and frankly, I wondered how well it would wear – all the backslapping and glad-handing and garrulous talk.

  • Mulvaney promises service to voters

    First of all, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas weekend with family and friends. 

    With the new year comes a new Congress, the 112th, which officially begins today, Jan. 5. As the real business at hand gets cranked up, there is a good bit to report.

    Lots of folks have asked about our local offices. Our first office will be in Rock Hill, on Ebenezer Road. This was a fairly simple decision, as more than 50 percent of the District 5 population lives within 20 miles of there. 

  • Council should be more open

    I am not the best writer, but after re reading my letter to the editor concerning the Pageland Council’s treatment of Jim Leaird my appraisal was spot on and my point was very clear.  Unfortunately Mayor Hough’s response this past week missed my point(s).  

  • Correcting the record

    the record
    To the Editor: I was very humbled when contacted by Mr. Shug Haigler several months ago about  a "Where Are They Now" sports article.  We had a great conversation which I enjoyed tremendously.  However, having just read the article, I felt the need to clarify the title.  I did play quarterback and also punted for Central  during the 1978 season.  I did make all region my senior year but as a punter and not quarterback.  It would be an injustice to all the "great" Eagle  

  • Hough responds

    To the Editor:

    In response to Ben Cook's letter in last week's paper, I believe Mr. Cook would have a very different opinion about who is due an apology if he had been in attendance at our town council meeting. Those who were present saw an outrageous display of rude behavior by Jim Leaird, who refused to abide by the rules under which we conduct our meetings. Mr. Leaird was loud, aggressive and ultimately had to be escorted from the meeting by police officers because he acted in such a disorderly manner.

  • Letter to the Editor

     To the Editor: When reading your article about the Academic Bowl that was on page 2 of the December 7 Progressive Journal, I noticed what I am fairly certain is a mistake.

    Question 2 asks for the square root of the smallest prime

    number greater than 10 and the answer given is 4.  Four is the square

    root of 16, which is not a prime number.  A prime number has only 1 and

    itself as divisors.  The smallest prime number greater than 10 is 11 and

  • Whitley Letter

    To the Editor: Hats off to the Central Eagles coaches! 

    I attended the game at Central High Friday, Nov. 12.  A player on the opposing

    team was injured, and as he was being placed on the stretcher to go to the

    ambulance, the coach instructed ALL of our players to come on the field, take

    a knee and pray for this young man.  The stadium observed silence at this time.  Then after he was removed from the field, our players remained, heads bowed, and continued to pray. 

  • Sheheen letter