• “I would like to comment about the school bus routes. They have a ‘first on, last off’ policy. I find this to be extremely unfair and I believe I’m not the only parent. But the school wants the kids well rested. If they get on the bus at 6:30 in the morning, have a school day, get off at 4:30, how are they rested after doing homework, much less have any concentration? Also, there’s no time to be a family. To make it fair why not reverse the route in the afternoon to be fair? That way no child is on for too long. First on, first off.”

  • “I would like to speak out about my background as far as expunging it. The case is, I know of a same person 30 years old that’s my age was able to get on with the county at the animal shelter, had drug charges, had bad check writing and I had one charge on my record. The county expunged her record, but why do I got to wait three years before I can get my record cleared? I am a nursing student and because this one little thing, she had many things on her record. How is it that the county can clear hers for free but I got to pay $310 and that’s for everybody. What is the difference in person.

    • “I just read in the paper this week about another customer calling in about the town council putting a limit on the chickens you can keep in town. I was told a few years ago that there was a town ordinance against having any kind of farm animals in the town itself. So I think that should be looked at because if they can’t have farm animals then they can’t have chickens.”


    • “Next year I would like to see business owners and citizens of Pageland decorate their doors and windows and yards for the Watermelon Festival. I think everyone could do more to make it more festive. Maybe the Chamber of Commerce could encourage everyone to participate in this. Thank you.”


  • To the editor:
    I would like to congratulate all of the Pageland All-Stars on a job well done. A special congratulations [also goes to] coaches Jason Evans, Demon Funderburk and Brad Willard, and the Pageland Dixie Angels All-Star team in placing third in the state tournament and also winning the tournament’s sportsmanship award.
    A special congratulations also to coaches Scottie Miller, Scott Steen and Gabe Sims, and the Pageland Ponytails All-Star team in placing sixth in their state tournament.

  • “I want to say something to respond to the person who said in Speak Out last week that people shouldn’t display the Confederate flag. Here in the Unites States we have the right to fly any flag we want to, and a lot of people around here are proud of our southern heritage and like to show it. If a Mexican is proud of Mexico he has the right to put up a Mexican flag. If a southerner is proud to be from the south he has the right to show the Confederate flag. Anyone who doesn’t like that needs to go back to Michigan or New York or wherever you’re from. We won’t miss you.”

  • “My friend, you’re looking good driving that new vehicle. Since you won’t say thanks to me for the help my taxes gave you, I’ll just thank mysel;f and hope that someday you will appreciate me enough to at least recognize me when you see me. Thanks a lot.”

  • “I’d like to speak out and say the state should put some stop signs on North Pearl Street at the Sutton Street intersection. That way the trucks from Tucker Lumber Company would be able to cross Pearl Street without being impeded by oncoming traffic, as they seem to disregard the stop sign anyway. Yesterday I was less than fifty feet from the intersection and a truck just rolled right on through and I had to slam on my brakes and then he looked at me like I was in the wrong and I should have stopped anyway because he was working. Thanks.”

  • “I want to speak out about the police and the sheriff deputies doing these roadblocks around here. I think they might be a good idea to a lot of people, but I think they use racial profiling when they make the arrests at these things. It just seems like it’s always African Americans whose cars get searched and are suspected of doing something wrong. If they’re going to do it, they should at least make it fair to everyone. Thank you.”

  • “Why is a reception being held for the three candidates in the running for superintendent this week? What is the purpose? It is clearly obvious that we as a community do not have a say as to teachers, coaches or prinipals so we know we could never have a say in who the next superintendent is going to be. It’s such a waste of money, but we definitely need to see a change in our district. Hopefully the school board is next.”

  • “I would like to know how far out of town and how fast that a city, county or state highway patrolman are allowed to chase a car. This is regarding an accident where someone was hit from behind due to a chase of a car out of town. This is ridiculous. They need a reasonable amount of speed that they need to go because this can hurt other people. It caused an accident. An innocent family was hurt.”

    “A child becomes an adult when he or she realizes that he or she has a right not only to be right, but also to be wrong.”

  • “This is in response to Coach Mangum not having his contract renewed. I firmly believe that he will prosper wherever he goes and I also firmly believe that when a door closes God opens a window and wherever he goes I hope the best for him.”

    “It’s about Coach Joey Mangum. I think the people need to let the younger people in there and he has served his purpose and it’s time another person comes in there and tries to build up Central High and not go towards the public to keep your job. Thank you.”

  • “I’m calling about the signs that say Shop Local. I called two air conditioning guys to come to my house and one never answered and the other one promised to come and never came. We can’t get haircuts on Saturday. There a lot of things that if you can’t go local and they want you to shop local. I now have to go out of town to find an air conditioning guy. We’re an elederly couple and I called two people. What am I supposed to do?”

  • The House set aside the week of March 12 through16 to debate the budget plan for state agencies for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1. House legislators are going through the budget section by section and discussing whether to approve each section as proposed, or to amend it.  
    The budget proposal under discussion was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee in late February.   In my next Capitol Report, I will summarize the major changes that House members make to the budget plan.

  • “I  just want to say what a pleasure it is to read your paper and see the sports editorials and sports reporting by Shug Haigler. He does a tremendous job, a great job. It’s unusual in a small community to have someone with that much talent related to sports reporting, but he does a great job and his ‘Where are They Now?’ is a great feature and sometimes the whole page is items he’s put together. Just a pleasure to read his items. So accurate and so smooth. It’s just a great job of reporting.”

  • “I would just like to say that I think the Pageland Police Department is doing a great job, they really are, but I would just like to see them visit the businesses more, on foot or in cars, it doesn’t matter. I think some of the places need to have policeman to be seen there at some time or another. Thank you so much. You’re doing a good job.”

  • “Does anybody want to buy a trash container? I happen to know where several thousand are that have been rendered useless.”

    “Due to circumstances in our town of Jefferson weeks ago, we should have a moment of silence before any baseball game.”