• Beer on tap for watermelon festival

    Organizers of the Pageland Watermelon Festival plan to sell beer at this year’s event.
    The festival would need to be licensed to sell beer under a temporary permit from the state.
    As proposed, there would be a Budweiser beer truck in the parking lot adjacent to Moore’s Park gazebo.
    Those wanting to purchase beer would get a wrist band after proving they are of legal age to consume beer.
    Beer would be sold by tickets, one beer at a time. No multiple purchases would be allowed.

  • A.O. Smith McBee honored for workplace safety

    From release

    McBEE – A. O. Smith’s McBee team was honored for maintaining a safe working environment by the parent company for the third consecutive year.
    A. O. Smith recognizes the company’s manufacturing and distribution operations that have fewer recordable safety incidents than what is considered industry standard by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  

  • Central grad chases her business dreams

    Latricia Clark Letsinger, a 1982 graduate of Central High School, is bringing elegance to doorsteps in Virginia and North Carolina.
    Letsinger, a Pageland native, is the owner and CEO of Elegant Occasions Unlimited, a mobile, full-service formal wear boutique.
    Her husband, Christopher, is the business’ chief financial officer.
    Elegancy Occasions Unlimted offers bridal, pageant, prom and cotillion wear to residents who live in or near Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Liquor store relocating

    Highway 9 Liquor and Wine is moving into the former Rylan’s Restaurant location near the intersection of SC 151 and SC 9.
    Owner Ethan Foard said renovations of the former restaurant should be finished soon. He anticipates moving the liquor store from 28495 S.C. 9, to its new location in April.
    The move will result in more retail space and possibly more customers, Foard said.
    Foard said he intends to lease the former location.
    Foard also operates a Highway 9 store in Chesterfield at 105 Page Street.

  • The Shack comes downtown

    The Shack restaurant has relocated from East McGregor Street to downtown Pageland and business has been brisk, says owner Kristina Lewis.
    The restaurant, now a 203 West McGregor St. where Press’ Grill was operated, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    The restaurant specializes in burgers, made to order; wings and ribeye steaks.
    It offers dine-in or take-out service.
    Breakfast is from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

  • Demo of McGregor St. house approved

    The McGregor Street yellow house destroyed by fire should be demolished within 14 days.
    The Pageland Town Council approved a $9,000 contract with EF Construction of the Carolinas during last week’s meeting.
    The firm is owned by Ethan Foard, brother of town attorney Adam Foard. There was apparent no conflict of interest as Adam Foard did not advise council on which bid to consider.
    The other bid by A HG Inc. was $14,190.

  • Jenkins farm finale

    JEFFERSON – The Jenkins family of Jefferson is getting out of the farming business.
    Family patriarch Billy Jenkins, 66, died June 16 in an early morning, single vehicle accident.
    The family recently decided it did not have the experience to manage the farm. The family is leasing the farmland, but will continue to manage its forestry resources, said Billy’s wife, Barbara Jenkins.
    The decision leaves Chesterfield County with only a handful of watermelon growers.

  • Three-peat for Pageland IGA

    When mid January approaches there is a Christmas-like air of anticipation at the Pageland IGA grocery store.
    Employees check to see if the UPS truck has delivered a poster-sized box to the store.
    Pageland’s box arrived Jan. 28.
    While store employees know the contents of the box, there is always one surprise.
    How many stars will the store get?
    IGA uses mystery shoppers to rate each store. Cleanliness, condition of the goods, and customer service determine how many stars a store gets.

  • Smokehouse Restaurant reopens

    JEFFERSON – The Smokehouse Restaurant has reopened under new ownership.
    David and Sue Sullivan are the new owners of the restaurant at 5843 S.C. 151 in Jefferson.  The couple owned and operated the Bantam Chef in Kershaw for 12 years before selling it in November 2017.
    Sue Sullivan said she is amazed at how much business the restaurant has done since opening Jan. 11.
    “We never thought we would be doing business like this,” she said.  “We’ve had so many great compliments about the food.”

  • McLeod physicians honored

    From release

    Five McLeod physicians were recently honored with the Pillars of Professionalism Awards at the McLeod Regional Medical Staff meeting.
    The fifth-annual event recognizes physicians who reflect the highest values in professional medical excellence.
    The 2018 recipients were Dr. Carmen Piccolo, Dr. Timothy Hagen, Dr. Jamie Smith, Dr. Amy Murrell and Dr. Gary Emerson.