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  • 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.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: The ‘will of council’ deserves open debate

    Discussion of selling beer at the Watermelon Festival at last week’s Pageland Town Council was largely what the town should want from its council and residents.
    The public sale of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages is always a controversial issue.
    Strong opinions on both sides were offered.
    Five ministers came to protest beer sales at the festival, as well as a Planning Commission proposal to examine if the town could limit the number of downtown churches as a way to attract more restaurants and retail stores.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: What kind of bird is Humpty Dumpty?

    I never pondered the question when growing up.
    But after attending Crystal Tadlock’s fourth-grade class at Pageland Elementary School, I’ve been consumed with it. What kind of bird is Humpty Dumpty?  
    It happened after Tadlock read “After the Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again” by Dan Santat.
    I learned that all the King’s men did manage to put Humpty Dumpty back together.
    I learned there were some parts of Humpty Dumpty that couldn’t be healed, leaving him with a fear of heights.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Sharing our presidential success

    This past weekend the Progressive Journal joined an elite group within the South Carolina Press Association.
    The Progressive Journal won a share of the President’s Cup, which is given to the most outstanding papers in the press association’s annual contest.
    Six cups are awarded, based on circulation size. The Progressive Journal competes in the small weekly division.
    This year there are seven winners, a first for the press association.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Connecting puzzle pieces

    At back-to-back meetings in Pageland last week, the conversation was about things seldom discussed in public:
    ◆ Suicide
    ◆ Domestic violence
    ◆ Drugs
    ◆ Depression
    ◆ Lack of health care
    ◆ Poverty
    Crystal Clyburn spoke about her cousin, who was killed Jan. 1, 2000, in a domestic-violence crime. She was stabbed 39 times. The man who stabbed her was convicted of murder.
    The Clyburn family mourned her death and two children lost a mother, she said.
    The murder goes beyond family, Crystal Clyburn said.

  • 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.