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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Helping neighbors who have been silenced by Hurricane Florence

    When I initially saw Debra Walters holding her granddaughter, I stopped to ask the child’s age and possibly distract her. She seemed “fussy” and my “Grandpa Tom” instincts were taking over.
    As we talked, it was apparent the Walters were the people I wanted to find at the “Chesterfield Team South Carolina Day” at the Free Worship church in Cheraw.
    I had come to the event hoping to ask Gov. Henry McMaster what has being done to help those who fall through the cracks.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Tejas Strong bolsters Chesterfield Co.

    We are Palmetto Strong. We are Chesterfield County Strong.
    We also have a lot of Texas Strong, or more specifically Tejas strong.
    Tejas is a Caddo Indian word that the Spanish co-opted into the word “Texas.”
    Tejas means friend.
    Yes, after Hurricane Florence, we are Tejas strong.
    Take Harold Hainey, Chesterfield County’s emergency management director, for example.
    Hainey sat through meeting after meeting as Florence slowly made her way across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Let's all act smart and stay safe

    The advice from then-Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina in 2014 before Hurricane Arthur resounds even more today as the Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence: “Don’t put your stupid hat on.”
    Chesterfield County emergency response crews are preparing for everything – high winds, flooding, downed trees, lost power and distressed people.
    It’s anyone’s guess when Florence will touch Chesterfield County – and how strong it will be when it gets here.