• Age is just a number

    John Knight Sr. had a Corvette crush way back in 1968.
    “I worked for a construction company in Charlotte and every week I’d go through Fayetteville (on the way to a job). They had a ’67 Corvette in a showroom there. It was 1968 but they still had the ’67. I wanted that thing so bad.”
    But working and raising his family came first.
    “Me and Bill (his wife Billie) and (sons) Johnny and Dale didn’t fit in a Corvette so I didn’t get one,” he said.

  • Shortcut Cooking: cutting time doesn't mean cutting corners

    Gregory A. Summers
    Landmark News Service
    For many of us, balancing family, family life and career responsibilities, can be a high wire act.
    Weeknight challenges don’t always allow very much wiggle room for a nutritious, well-balanced evening meal.   
    Sometimes it seems easier to go through the drive-thru window of the nearest fast-food restaurant than to spend time in the kitchen.

  • Biltmore adds new room to tour

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It’s a revelation that quite possibly is playing out in homes across the country: when the holiday decorations come down, the house looks lackluster and bleak. What once sparkled and shined appears to need a good dusting or polish. Mops and vacuum cleaners are pulled out and put to use.

  • Soup making tips

     Soup-making tips

    – Soups and stews always taste better if made a day or two in advance and reheated just before serving. You can also reduce the fat content by making soup the day before, chilling it and then scraping off the fat that rises to the top. If you don’t have time to chill the soup, use qcpaper towel to soak up oil from the surface.

    – Use fresh ingredients if possible – Fresh ingredients are best, but some canned or frozen vegetables, such as peas, green beans and corn, will work.

  • Soup's on!

     Gregory A. Summers

    Landmark News Service

    At one time, soup was just considered part of a meal.

    These days, thanks to busy lifestyles and ultra-tight budgets, one-pot cooking has become popular and economical.

    While canned soup requires little effort to prepare, it doesn’t compare to the homemade variety.

    A few flavor-filled ingredients, when combined with chicken or beef stock and the right amount of seasoning, will create a tasty pot of the good stuff.

  • Sam Heda on 'John Boy and Billy' Wednesday

    Sam Heda showed his talent for guitar at an early age.

    His dad gave him a child-sized guitar when he was 3 or 4, and the youngster made up a song. At age 15, he’s already written enough rock songs to complete his first album. His audition videos are so good they immediately impress experts who have seen plenty of young talent.

  • 'Saving Wonderland' holds encore performances


    By Casey Outen

    Special to the Progressive Journal

    RUBY — After three sellout performances of the whimsical play “Saving Wonderland,” DramaMama Studio is staging two encore performances of the show this weekend. Shows are 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Creative Spot in Ruby.

  • Jefferson hears recreation request

    JEFFERSON — Facing a changing of the guard, the Jefferson Dixie Youth baseball organization has suggested that the town could help the league if it would create a Recreation Department.

    Becky Burch stepped down after eight years as president of the organization. She was replaced by Tommy Cato, who won election to the post Sunday during a meeting here.

    Burch and Cato raised the idea last week during a Jefferson Town Board meeting.

  • Welcome to the redesigned Website

    Welcome to the redesigned and improved Progressive Journal website.

    There’s added value on the website that you can’t get in the print version.

    We invite readers to nominate their dog, frog, cat or bird as Pet of the Week. The nomination form asks you to tell us how you and your pet met, the pet’s best trick and its favorite activity. Staying with dog and cat news, pagelandprogressive.com also features a weekly Adopt a Pet photo from the Paws & Claws animal shelter in Chesterfield.

  • Eagles cruise to 6-0 record

    The Central Eagles opened their region 4AA schedule Friday night and celebrated their homecoming by posting a 38-0 win over the visiting Buford Yellow Jackets, keeping intact a 35-year streak of homecoming victories.