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  • 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.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: #PickPageland

    Are we Cinderella rushing to the ball or are we merely putting lipstick on a pig?
    The chorus of naysayers say the latter. There is nothing you can do for Pageland. Its problems are deep rooted and even the enticement of a $1 million downtown makeover and exposure on a television reality show would be merely wasted money, they say.
    When Pageland is compared to the other 19 finalists for the Small Business Revolution, we are a have not among the haves.
    Other top 20 towns have scenic historic rivers, or towering mountains with purple majesty.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: ‘We won’t come back till it’s over, over there’

    Progressive Editor Don Worthington gave this address to commemorate the service for Chesterfield County soldiers in World War I. The Progressive Journal’s centennial service at Moore’ Park marked the end of the war.

    Over there, over there
    Send the word, send the word over there
    That the Yanks are coming
    The Yanks are coming
    The drums rum-tumming
    So prepare, say a prayer
    Send the word, send the word to beware
    We’ll be over, we’re coming over

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Vote twice Tuesday

    Remember to go to the polls and cast your ballot. Important local races include the Chesterfield County School Board where three seats are contested.
    Who will represent Chesterfield County in Congress is also being contested.
    Every top position in state government administration is on the ballot.
    Your vote does make a difference.
    When you’ve have gotten your “I Voted” sticker, vote again.
    Not at the polls, but online at the Small Business Revolution Facebook page.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: #PickPageland, don’t delay

    Have you nominated Pageland to be the next small town in America to get a downtown makeover?
    If not, considering yourself formally asked.
    Join the #PickPageland revolution.
    It is simple to do.
    Go to https://www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution/main-street, the website for the show Small Business Revolution Main Street.
    Fill out the nomination form, (hint, Pageland’s population is about 2,700). You have up to 500 words to say why Pageland is deserving of a downtown makeover.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Good start on festival solution

    The compromise reached last week between the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the town council is in the best interest of the Watermelon Festival – possibly for the long term.
    The council and the chamber have been stumbling like two junior high students at their first dance since August when chamber announced it no longer wanted to produce the festival.
    The chamber’s best move was its opening honesty. The new chamber board said the festival required too much of its time, time that could be better used to improve the town’s economic health.