Our View

  • EDITORIAL: Green light, then caution on Town Hall move

    The surprise news that Lynches River Electric Cooperative offered its buildings and grounds to the town of Pageland in exchange for 15 acres across the highway presents Pageland with an opportunity.

    Town Council members emerged from a closed session last Tuesday night and announced that Lynches River had basically seen the town’s purchase price of $150,000 and raised it several hundred thousand dollars.

  • Letter to the Editor

     To the Editor: When reading your article about the Academic Bowl that was on page 2 of the December 7 Progressive Journal, I noticed what I am fairly certain is a mistake.

    Question 2 asks for the square root of the smallest prime

    number greater than 10 and the answer given is 4.  Four is the square

    root of 16, which is not a prime number.  A prime number has only 1 and

    itself as divisors.  The smallest prime number greater than 10 is 11 and

  • Eagle pride covers Pageland

    The Dillon Wildcats came out of the gate on Saturday afternoon looking every bit like the two-time state 2A champions that they were.

    In their all-black home uniforms, they leapt and snarled and punched the air, the Darth Vaders of prep football. Pride goeth before the fall.

    For 45 minutes, the two-time champions and the two-time runnerups played an even game. But when Dillon scored on a long pass play to take a 17-7 lead with 3:17 to go, it looked like history would repeat. The third time, alas, would not be the charm for the Eagles.

  • EDITORIAL: Eagles play inspires

    The scene in the small Spartanburg County town of Woodruff Friday night was all any high school football fan could ask for.

  • Take a moment to thank officers

    This Thanksgiving week there are plenty of worthy recipients of our thanks.

    Emergency medical personnel, nurses and aides at hospitals and retirement facilities, store clerks and lots of others work while many of us enjoy a day off.

    Law officers will be out on patrol too. They especially deserve our gratitude. Take a moment to consider the amazing story of a Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy and a dispatcher who had joined him on Saturday, Nov. 14.

  • EDITORIAL: County Council brushes off the experts

    Western Chesterfield County leaders had to call on their inner restraint last week during a public input session to update the county’s economic development plan.

    A spec building along the U.S. 601/S.C. 151 was verboten.

    “As I understand it, that decision’s been made and I can’t change that,” Rocky Lane, a managing partner of Sanford Holshouser Business Development Group and the leader of the community meeting in downtown Pageland, told the gathering.

    They could not change it either, Lane might have added.

  • Mulvaney goes to Congress


    By Christopher Sardelli

    Landmark News Service

    About 15 minutes after becoming the first Republican from Lancaster County to win the 5th Congressional District seat in more than 100 years, Mick Mulvaney appeared overwhelmed.

    Surrounded by his wife, Pam, and members of his campaign team, Mulvaney, the state senator for District 16, thanked a crowd of supporters at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for his win over Democratic incumbent John Spratt, who has held the seat since 1983.

  • Keep doors open

    The potential that elected officials might discuss their views candidly — or even argue with one another — is no reason to close shut the public out.
    Yet that’s what happened last month when the Chesterfield County Economic Development held a brainstorming session at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw. The public part of the meeting lasted only as long as it took for the Economic Development board chairwoman Janet Caulder to ask for a motion and dispense with the formality of banishing the press, and thus the public.

  • EDITORIAL: Co-Op rezoning deserves a yes vote

    More facts have come to light about a proposed new headquarters for Lynches River Electric Cooperative in Pageland. The evidence weighs heavily in favor of going forward.

  • Reformers need to respond

    The grassroots uprising that remade the Board of Trustees of the Lynches River Electric Cooperative on Saturday will be a good thing if it fulfills the promise of openness and accountability.

    In the worst anti-incumbent climate since the anti-Clinton wave of 1994, even an obscure body that runs a small rural electric provider has been reordered.