Our View

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: What happens when no one speaks up?

    Observers of the Pageland Town Council have come to expect long periods of silence at meetings. The seven members are, publicly, not a talkative bunch.
    At the March 5 council meeting, silence turned to secrecy.
    Mayor Jason Evans asked the council to create a new committee, approve his handpicked list of committee members and then give him and Mayor Pro Tem Harold Hutto the sole power to appoint future committee members.
    The council members scanned the list of names provided by the mayor.
    No one spoke.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Curiosity and career day

    Career Day at New Heights Middle School on Friday was fun and rewarding.
    Thirty people of various occupations gave sixth, seventh and eight graders first-hand knowledge of how different agencies, businesses and other service providers operate.
    Each speaker’s assignment was to give a 30-minute presentation to three groups of students.  
    I represented the Progressive Journal, in my second career as a reporter. For almost 30 years I taught writing at Ruby Elementary School as a language arts and social studies teacher.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Harnessing past, present for the future

    It was a great time at the Progressive Journal last week as past, present and future converged.
    The past was researching the life of Van Lingle Mungo, the Pride of Pageland and the Flatbush fastballer.
    In his prime, he was one of the best players in baseball. The Brooklyn Dodgers paid him $15,000 at a time when the average annual national wage was $1,000 or less.
    When he retired, he came back to Pageland. Among his businesses was the Ball Theater. Articles said he opened the theater in the 1940s, but it closed after a fire in the 1950s.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Focusing our efforts

    It was a bittersweet moment last Tuesday as #MyPageland supporters exited the Ball Theatre.
    Disappointment had replaced excitement.
    When the Deluxe Corp. announced it would pick six towns, not five, for a chance at a $500,000 makeover, some hoped the additional slot would help Pageland’s chances.
    As the list of towns was read, people leaned forward in their chairs, hoping the next words would be Pageland, South Carolina.
    They didn’t hear those words.

  • 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.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Renewing our promises

    Renewals are an important part of our business. It means our readers value what we do and are willing to invest in our product.
    As we celebrate the New Year, it is also time to celebrate another renewal, to renew our promise to our readers to cover what matters most to our community.
    That’s a pretty broard scope.
    It could be a youth football game, a school play, a beauty pageant or a graduation.
    It could be matters before town and county councils where tax dollars are being spent. Accountability is essential.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: No gray in Timothy Griffin’s world

    The elements of a good news story are often controversy, community and consequence.
    For 2018, events surrounding the Watermelon Festival, the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, even the #PickPageland efforts, have had all of these elements.
    Today’s standards of journalism add celebrity to this list, and Pageland’s top stories offer that too.
    Each story has a person at its center – Timothy Griffin.
    Griffin has a lightning-rod personality.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: The tradition of THE Hat

    If you believe, you will find there is magic in a Santa hat.
    Years ago before it became fashionable, I started wearing a Santa hat for the holidays. I was a young sports writer in Louisiana. Showing up for games in the hat always resulted in a laugh or two.
    I wore the hat on a non-stop ride from Louisiana to Washington, D.C. to be home for the holidays
    As cars passed, I could tell the ones with young children. The cars would pass, then slow down, as children in the back seat shouted “Santa Claus.”
    Yes, there’s magic in a Santa hat.

  • STAFF COLUMN: CPR Staying Alive business tour brings back memories of The Gingerbread Man

    Most of you are probably familiar with the story of The Gingerbread Man.
    I was reminded of this children’s book as I thought about the CPR Stayin’ Alive business tour of downtown Pageland on Nov. 26.
    The downtown tour was part of the #PickPageland campaign.
    I arrived at the Chamber of Commerce office at 2 p.m., the time scheduled for downtown business owners and local residents to meet there to start the tour.
    Chamber president Tim Griffin and businessman Shawn Freeman were the only people there when I first arrived.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Breaking bread with two pastors

    Clint Pressley stands out in a crowd.
    A former football player at Wofford University, he is tall and walks with grace.
    His voice commands attention and respect. He is seldom at a loss for words.
    Ron Wall, pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Pageland,  shares much in common with Pressley.
    But when Wall first saw Pressley at the baggage carousel of the Phoenix Airport, it was neither Pressley’s stature nor speech that got his attention.
    It was Pressley’s attire. He was wearing a seersucker suit.