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  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Freedom, the lasting casualty of the 9-11 attacks

    Last Wednesday, some Americans paused to remember the events of 9-11.
    Prayers were said for the fallen, those who died that horrific day, those who have died afterwards from the toxic dust that hung in the air, and those who answered the country’s call and have died protecting her.  
    It has been 18 years since we watched the terror attacks play out on television, watching a hijacked passenger jet crash into the one of the World Trade Towers.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Peanuts, passions and Pageland

    What is your peanut?
    It is one of the latest catch phrases used by Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce.
    It comes from a meeting Griffin and executives from Lynches River Electric Cooperative recently attended.
    It is shorthand for what makes your community different. What is your community brand?
    So when Griffin asked a group of community leaders Thursday evening what is Pageland’s peanut, they shouted:
    Cirullus lanatus!
    Wooly fruit!
    Well, not exactly.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Time to find the time answers

    “Does anyone know what time it is?
    “Does anyone really care?”

    The answer to this musical question posed by the Chicago Transit Authority – later shortened to just Chicago – is apparently “yes” in Pageland.
    Just ask Gail Leaird, president of the Pageland Garden Club.
    Leaird recently confronted a post-meeting gathering of the Pageland Town Council.
    Five members listened as Leaird told them “we will not have an emblem on our clock.”

  • STAFF COLUMN: A festival celebrity – for 45 minutes

    There is a first time for everything.
    After living in Pageland for over half a century, last Saturday morning I experienced my first time being in the Pageland Watermelon parade.
    I found myself “off the sidelines” after so many years of standing – sometimes sitting –  somewhere along McGregor Street, waving at the parade participants.
    Saturday was a new and amazing experience.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Children of all ages find fun at festival

    It was the perfect social media moment.
    Shortly after the safety latch locked in place, some children and teens aboard the spinning chair carousel ride at the Watermelon Festival – took out their cell phones.
    As they spun around, the children and teens eyes locked on their cell phones.
    I don’t know if it was the fear of being left out (FOMO), a game they had to keep playing, or spinning selfie moment, but even when there are things to do in Pageland, it’s not enough for some.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Captivated by space

    Ask someone of the “Tang and Teflon Generation” what happened on July 20, 1969, and you might get a blank stare.
    But tell them what happened 50 years ago and they will recount for you almost every detail of that evening, from the location and size of the television set to how long they had waited for the historic moment.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Iconic flag of rebellion created by S.C. patriot

    July 4, 1780, was not a day of celebration in Charles Town, S.C.
    The British had just completed a two-month siege of the town and captured more than 2,000 American troops.
    Among the civilians captured were three of South Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence: Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heywood.
    The fourth signee, Thomas Lynch Jr., had died a year earlier.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: So much survey data flying around

    Nearly every day, some kind of survey results arrive at the Progressive Journal.
    They pop up in our email like popcorn, and three arrived almost at the same time last Thursday. One came from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Kids Count,” which has been tracking data on children for 30 years.
    The foundation has a proven track record on the national, state and county level.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: D-Day memories and Memorial Day

    I have forgotten his name, but not his words.
    “We had been together for so long that by the time we hit the beach, we knew each other wrong side out,” said an old man, sitting on the porch of a decrepit boarding house in Winchester, Va.,
    He had lived a hard life and not made the best choices, but he had no regrets. He was proud of what he had done, especially his days in Winchester’s National Guard Company.
    As young man, he and his friends drilled at the town’s armory and paraded down Winchester’s streets for years.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: 11-1 loss pivotal point in McBee’s championship season

    When McBee was nearly shutout by Heritage of Lynchburg, Va. in the Mingo Bay spring break baseball tournament, Panther’s coach Chris Lloyd looked into the eyes of his players.
    He could see hurt in their eyes. They were quiet. But Lloyd also saw they were determined.
    On the bus trip from Myrtle Beach to McBee, Lloyd told his team “you can win the state championship.”
    It was something that been unsaid, but understood.