Religion vs. retail

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Can Pageland ban churches from downtown to promote business growth?

By Don Worthington

The Pageland Planning Commission wants to know if the town can prohibit churches from locating in downtown.
Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, and Mack Nicholson, a downtown property owner and businessman, made the request at last week’s commission meeting.
Griffin and Nicholson said churches located in downtown storefronts have kept Pageland from getting a “nice” restaurant that would serve beer, wine and mixed drinks.
State law says businesses that serve or sell alcohol must be at least 300 feet from any church.

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