https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Florence slams Cheraw https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/florence-slams-cheraw <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc00661_lee_st_jefferson_2.jpg" alt="Florence left downed limbs and power lines all over Chesterfield County. A giant limb (above) closed off a portion of Lee Street in Jefferson. " title="Florence left downed limbs and power lines all over Chesterfield County. A giant limb (above) closed off a portion of Lee Street in Jefferson. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Florence no longer appears on the regional weather radar screen, but the lasting effects of the storm are having drastic consequences in Chesterfield County.</p> <p> In the eastern part of the county, roads are flooded and closed. Officials are concerned dams may break. The Pee Dee River has yet to crest, but officials know it will be higher than ever experienced. Monday morning the river was rising at a foot an hour, officials said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Even though the rain has passed, emergency officials warn conditions can change quickly.&nbsp;</p> Pageland’s piano ma’am has taught generations of students https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/pageland%E2%80%99s-piano-ma%E2%80%99am-has-taught-generations-students <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_2202.jpg" alt="Amy Holley sings one of her favorite hymns, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” " title="Amy Holley sings one of her favorite hymns, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For approximately three decades, a Pageland piano teacher has shared her passion for music with more than 100 students.</p> <p> Amy R. Holley said &ldquo;joy&rdquo; is the greatest thing she has gotten from playing the piano and teaching it to others.</p> <p> Holley started taking piano lessons when she was nine years-old. Her father, Talmadge Rutledge, bought a new piano so his daughter could practice her lessons at home. She still has the upright piano. It is in a hallway at the front of her home.&nbsp;</p> Mt. Croghan has new digital sign https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/mt-croghan-has-new-digital-sign <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/-_dsc_0472.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> If you are driving through Mt. Croghan, you not only need to watch your speed limit, you need to also slow down to read the town&rsquo;s new digital sign.</p> <p> The sign, located near the town&rsquo;s park and visible from S.C. 9, will advertise events from across the county. A grant fro Chesterfield County Economic Development Board&rsquo;s tourism fund paid for the sign.&nbsp;</p> Screwmatics marks 30 years https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/screwmatics-marks-30-years <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/billy_hogge_kim_hogge_and_billy_hoggemg_5455.jpeg" alt="Screwmatics of S. C. is a family-owned business in the Pageland area. Shown in the picture, from left, are Tom Hogge, president and founder; his wife, Kim Hogge, executive vice president and officer manager; and their youngest son, Billy Hogge, vice president and business operations manager. The Hogges are celebrating 30 years of business operation." title="Screwmatics of S. C. is a family-owned business in the Pageland area. Shown in the picture, from left, are Tom Hogge, president and founder; his wife, Kim Hogge, executive vice president and officer manager; and their youngest son, Billy Hogge, vice president and business operations manager. The Hogges are celebrating 30 years of business operation." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> In 1988, Tom and Kim Hogge took a leap of faith.&nbsp;</p> <p> Tom, who was out of work, and his wife, Kim, started their own machining services.</p> <p> It was not something that was planned. It was out of necessity, they said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Kim answered the phones and kept the books.&nbsp; Tom operated the machines.&nbsp;</p> <p> Screwmatics of South Carolina was born.&nbsp;</p> No timetable for NETC-McBee https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/no-timetable-netc-mcbee <p> It will likely be as long as three years before Northeast Technical College opens a McBee campus.&nbsp;</p> <p> NETC president Kyle Wagner said it will likely take that long to get all the approvals, and most importantly, the funding to build on the 10-acre site recently donated to the college.&nbsp;</p> <p> Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Co. recently announced it would donate land from its industrial park to the college. On the same day, Alligator Water announced plans to building an IGA Grocery at its industrial park. The site is south of downtown McBee.&nbsp;</p> Suspect eludes chasing deputies https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/suspect-eludes-chasing-deputies <p> A driver failed to stop for two Chesterfield Sheriff Office deputies on Sept. 9, leading them on a chase that ended up in the yard of a house on Old Sutton Road.&nbsp;</p> <p> The driver, Bennie Earvain Smith Jr., 28, of Chesterfield fled on foot, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s office report. A deputy chased him and caught him.</p> <p> Smith broke free and a deputy fired his Taser at Smith, which was ineffective, according to the report.&nbsp;</p> <p> Smith ran into the trees off North Hickory Street and deputies were unable to find him.&nbsp;</p> New Heights Middle has new school resource officer https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/new-heights-middle-has-new-school-resource-officer <p> Chesterfield County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office deputy Nathan Cole is the new school resource officer at New Heights Middle School.</p> <p> Cole has been with the Chesterfield County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office for about four years.&nbsp; He also worked for the Chesterfield Police Department for about a year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> This is Cole&rsquo;s his first year as a school resource officer.&nbsp;</p> <p> He will attend two weeks of special school resource training at the S.C. Police Academy in Columbia some time during the school year.</p> Interest rises in Neighborhood Watch program https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/interest-rises-neighborhood-watch-program <p> Recent violent crimes in Pageland have more people asking questions about the Pageland Police Department&rsquo;s Neighborhood Watch program.</p> <p> &ldquo;I saw some new faces at the last meeting,&rdquo; said Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain, who leads the program.&nbsp; &ldquo;More and more people are coming up to me and inquiring about the program.&rdquo;</p> <p> The first Neighborhood Watch program was in June.&nbsp; McIlwain said the average number of people attending the meetings is seven.</p>