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  • 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.

  • 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
    Everywhere
    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.