https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en The Melons are coming! https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/melons-are-coming <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-16-2019_pageland_wally_cropped_for_cutout_.jpg" alt="Wally the Watermelon gives a thumbs up to his new costume. " title="Wally the Watermelon gives a thumbs up to his new costume. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Here&#39;s the skinny on this weekend&#39;s big downtown bash!<br /> <br /> <strong>Who:</strong> Watermelon Festival<br /> <strong>What:</strong> Pageland&rsquo;s annual party<br /> <strong>When:</strong> July 19, July 20, starting at noon each day and ending at 11 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Downtown Pageland<br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s familiar:</strong> This year&rsquo;s festival will have a watermelon eating contest, a parade with marching bands and beauty queens, all staples since the first festival of July 21, 1951.<br /> Royalty returns to the festival https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/royalty-returns-festival <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-16-2019_pageland_festival_royality_serena_allison_left_and_kendall_rivers_.jpg" alt="Pageland’s newly-crowned Miss Watermelon Queen Serena Allison, left, and Miss Teen Watermelon Queen Kendall Rivers." title="Pageland’s newly-crowned Miss Watermelon Queen Serena Allison, left, and Miss Teen Watermelon Queen Kendall Rivers." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In the past four years, Serena Allison been Miss Teen Mt. Croghan, Miss Teen Chesterfield and Miss Teen Pageland.<br /> Now she is the 2019 Miss Watermelon Queen.<br /> While Allison has been happy to represent the various towns and now the festival the benefit is &ldquo;being able to serve others.&rdquo;<br /> Allison, 20, was crowned last Thursday at the Pageland Community Center. The festival pageant resumed after a two-year hiatus.</p> Melons and monkeyshine https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/melons-and-monkeyshine <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/patrick_obrien_and_fruit_carving_.jpg" alt="The Fruit Carving Ninja Patrick O’Brien with one of his works of art." title="The Fruit Carving Ninja Patrick O’Brien with one of his works of art." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Carving a rose is typically the first assignment for fledging culinary students. Most students carve their rose from a tomato, a radish, or even a carrot flower.<br /> When Patrick O&rsquo;Brien got the class assignment at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C., he went big.<br /> Instead of a tomato, a radish or carrot flower, O&rsquo;Brien opted for a watermelon.<br /> He quickly learned a few things about the watermelon.<br /> Whits End finally makes festival https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/whits-end-finally-makes-festival <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/charleston_june_29.jpg" alt="Whits End peforms in Charleston on June 29." title="Whits End peforms in Charleston on June 29." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em><strong>By Kayla Vaughn</strong><br /> Landmark News Service<br /> </em><br /> Country rockers Whits End will take the stage for the first time at the Watermelon Festival Friday night, just one month after entertaining more than 30,000 people at the Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) in Myrtle Beach.<br /> The band will perform at 9:45 p.m. Friday on the Pearl Street Stage, across from the Pageland Chamber of Commerce office.<br /> Organizers: Festival fly-in shows airport’s viability https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/organizers-festival-fly-shows-airport%E2%80%99s-viability <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-16-2019_pageland_a_beech_18-h_makes_a_touchdown_at_the_flyin._this_plane_is_from_the_1960s._it_is_based_on_a_design_that_was_used_as_a_training_aircraft_in_world_war_ii.jpg" alt="A Beech 18-H makes a touchdown at the fly-in. This plane is from the 1960s. It is based on a design that was used as a training aircraft in World War II." title="A Beech 18-H makes a touchdown at the fly-in. This plane is from the 1960s. It is based on a design that was used as a training aircraft in World War II." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Scanning the flight line where planes of all types were parked, and a hangar full of people, Mia Langford knew Saturday&rsquo;s Watermelon Festival Fly-In was a success.<br /> &ldquo;This proves what I thought,&rdquo; Langford said. &ldquo;That the airport is a viable, living part of Pageland. It is a not a dead airport.&rdquo;<br /> Langford was one of several organizers of the fly-in. She got the word out to her pilot friends and they responded. Some flew their warbirds to Pageland. Others flew their homebuilt aircraft. More than 40 aircraft came to Pageland.<br /> In the paper again https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/paper-again <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-16-2019_pageland_alex_miller_and_c.t._pinky_funderburk_swapping_pilot_stories.jpg" alt="Alex Mello, left, and C.T. &quot;Pinky&quot; Funderburk swap pilot stories at Saturday’s Watermelon Festival Fly-In." title="Alex Mello, left, and C.T. &quot;Pinky&quot; Funderburk swap pilot stories at Saturday’s Watermelon Festival Fly-In." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> C.T. Funderburk learned to fly as a teenager growing up in Pageland.<br /> He had two willing instructors, businessmen Harry Tucker and Henry Smith. The two had Stinson Reliant airplanes, which they kept on a grass strip near the state line.<br /> Funderburk was such a good student that Tucker and Smith let him fly their planes solo.<br /> One Saturday, the 17-year-old Funderburk decided to fly over Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, which was having a big event that day.</p> Crash damages Greenlawn cemetery https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/crash-damages-greenlawn-cemetery <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-16-2019_pageland_cemetery_damage_1.jpg" alt="A two-vehicle crash destroyed a portion of the entrance to the Greenlawn Cemetery on U.S. 601 north of Pageland. " title="A two-vehicle crash destroyed a portion of the entrance to the Greenlawn Cemetery on U.S. 601 north of Pageland. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A crash between a 2007 Mazda sedan and a 2016 Freightliner truck caused substantial damage to Greenlawn Memorial Park on S.C. 601 North, outside of Pageland.<br /> Bobbi Costy of Vale, N.C. was the driver of the Mazda. She had a passenger in the car.<br /> Gary Dalton was driver of the 18-wheeler.</p> Pageland man threatens child with butcher knife https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/pageland-man-threatens-child-butcher-knife <p> Chesterfield County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies talked a Pageland man into releasing a five year-old child he was using as a shield.<br /> Graig A. Friedrichs, 49, of the 33000 block of S.C. 9, Pageland, held the child in his lap about 10 p.m. on July 9 at a home on High Point Church Road. He threatened to stab the child with a butcher&rsquo;s knife. He allegedly pointed the knife at the child&rsquo;s neck.&nbsp;<br /> Friedrichs &ldquo;manhandled&rdquo; the child when it tried to break free, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s office report.<br />