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Opinion

  • Rep. Richie Yow
    ◆ H3170: Exempting an all-terrain vehicle purchased or lease in another state from S.C. use tax, if the purchasers paid the sales tax in another state.
    ◆ H3346: Revise the filing period for election to the Chesterfield County Board of Education.
    ◆ H3358: Require companies with a state contract to mow along state highways to pick up and dispose of all trash and other debris before mowing.
    ◆ H3359: To allow a veteran’s designation on state identification cards and driver’s licenses.

  • I wanted to speak to the community about shootings. This is a common issue that the “2000’s” crew, I would say, go through.
    Most cases stir up because of bullying and cyber-bullying. These issues are displayed on all kinds of social media sites.
    This carries the problem even further than what it’s suppose to go.

    It starts to become personal, carrying it to schools,  people’s houses and the streets. Many teenagers and young adults commit suicide or make suicidal attempts each year.

  • The Pageland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Pageland and the small local business and industries that make up that area. 
    When I assumed the role of President of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, I made the commitment to the economic development, promotion and well being of the businesses here in Pageland.  This included not only the large Industries, but the small local businesses that make up the chamber membership.

  • Who are the unsung people who quietly make Pageland a better place?
    Is it the person who picks up trash in your neighborhood?
    Is it the person who gives you a smile as they help you with your groceries or take your order at a local restaurant?
    Is someone in your civic club or church group who is always there to give of his or her time or talent?
    When we asked for nominations last week of people who have gone above and beyond for Pageland those were the people we wanted to reach – the people who make a difference without making the headlines.

  • In the gospel of Matthew chapter two we find the record of the visit of the Wise Men in search of the King of the Jews. 
    Their search struck a chord of deep concern in the heart of Herod the king.  His reaction of fear resulted in Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus becoming a “refugee family” in Egypt. 
    The scripture speaks of a warning in a dream to Joseph.  “When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.”

  • South Carolina is truly a state of smiling faces and beautiful places. From the back roads of Chesterfield County to the coastline of Charleston and beyond, we are blessed with rich and abundant resources.
    What we do with them now impacts generations to come.  That’s why we believe conserving and protecting land today is one of the best ways to benefit our communities in the future.
    Conservation Voters of South Carolina and Nestlé Waters North America have long been engaged in land conservation and restoration activities. 

  • From release

    Festive meals, flickering lights and holiday decorations are all hallmarks of the holiday season. The holiday traditions all contribute to an increased number of home fires during December.
    The National Fire Protection Association encourages everyone to be aware of potential fire risks, and to take steps to minimize them.

  • “He’s not acting right,” said his mother, sitting on a chair beside her son in the emergency department of a rural South Carolina hospital.
    “He gets all upset, he yells out, he hits at me, then he just gets real quiet-like. It’s been happening a lot more lately. He just stares off, he doesn’t move, he won’t say nothing to me. Then he kinda’ wakes up after a while.”

  • Two months ago, I appeared before the Pageland Town Council and made the announcement that Historic Downtown Pageland was dying. I stand by that statement.
    We have 17 vacant storefronts in our downtown business corridor. We have businesses teetering on the brink of closure. We have many businesses that offer limited services, or churches that are only open one or two day a week. Most of our businesses are closed by 5 p.m. during the week.

  • The statistics are staggering.
    Every day in our community four or five people are physically abused by an intimate partner or spouse.
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when social justice advocates across the nation focus attention on ways to intervene in and prevent domestic violence, and encourage everyone to become part of the solution.

  • Entire towns submerged. Homes and businesses destroyed. Lives lost.
    Hurricane Florence has devastated communities and impacted thousands of lives across South Carolina but particularly in the Pee Dee region. While some are anxiously waiting for the floodwaters to recede, the clean-up effort is underway in some places as we get through this trying time together.

  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  As Miss Teen Spirit of Pageantry Cosmos United States, 2018, my platform is adolescent mental health awareness and suicide prevention. 

    I am sharing my story to give those who need it the push they need to speak up to someone. 

    I am sharing this story for people who struggle with mental illness, but also for those with loved ones trying to understand what goes through their heads.  

  • Tim Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce gave this speech before the Pageland Town Council at its recent meeting.

    Mayor, Council, Administrator:
    I come before you tonight to bring you news of a grave nature, Historic Downtown Pageland is dying!
    It is not injured, it is not bruised, it does not have a little scrape or cut, Gentleman, Historic Downtown Pageland is dying!

  • An emotional Lindsey Graham came before his colleagues in the U.S. Senate last week to remember his friend, Sen. John McClain. 

    I have been thinking about this, I have been dreading this, and now I am going to do this.

    To all of my colleagues who have come before me, you have done right by our friend Senator McCain. The family appreciates all the good words, the kindnesses, and the antidotes that have come their way. 

  • The Progressive Journal recently sat down with Mayor Jason Evans to discuss items to be considered by the Town Council.

    The discussion largely focused on two items, the proposal by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce to turn the Watermelon Festival over the town, and a list of possible town projects developed the mayor. 

    The council recently delayed any action on the festival request until all council members are there for discussion. (Two were absent from the August meeting.)  

  • Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

    He is an intelligent, dedicated and universally respected man, whom I thoroughly enjoyed talking to and learning more about. He has an impressive and proven track record and will prove to be a fantastic addition to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

    He  is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law, and also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

  • ◆ Review your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Carefully look over the plan. Do you have any new medical or psychological reports that the school should know about?
    ◆ Keep everyone informed. Talk with the school to make sure their plans for your child match the intentions in the IEP. Know where your child’s classroom is, any transportation plans, and what your child needs to bring each day.
    Talk with your child. Build up “going back to school.”

  • As a South Carolinian, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and someone with loved ones who served in the military, I believe that supporting our nation’s troops should be our highest priority. I am to advocate for, and support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
    The act funds critical military readiness initiatives and construction projects in South Carolina.
    For years our military has had to plan for the future around artificial budget caps that not only hurt readiness, but did little to decrease the deficit.

  • Guardian ad Litem volunteers are needed to serve as a voice for the abused and neglected children in Chesterfield County.
    ◆ What is a Guardian ad Litem volunteer?
    Guardian ad Litem volunteers are everyday residents who are trained and supported by the Guardian ad Litem county office. A Guardian ad Litem volunteer is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in Department of Social Services child abuse and neglect cases in and outside of court.

  • My name is Xanaa Myers and I am Miss Jr. Teen Pee Dee United States.
    My platform is Autism Awareness.
    As we think about autism and spread awareness this month, I feel it is important to shine a light on the silent casualties of this disorder – the siblings.
    One of our older brothers has autism.
    Our family has to function a lot differently than “normal” families do, which is very stressful sometimes.