• 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.”

  • Passion and perfection at A Gathering Place

    One of Pageland’s newest business owners says she can help you create “that new gathering place in your home.”
    Karen Ekwue owns A Gathering Place: Custom Farmhouse Furniture and Home Accessories at 104 N. Pearl St..  The store specializes in refinished and upholstered farmhouse furniture. She will also refinish and upholster antique furniture customers bring to the store if it is something she can do herself.
    “When I look at furniture that needs tender loving care, I see what it can be,” she said.

  • McLeod Health names chief medical officer

    From release

    Dr. Dale Lusk has been named the chief medical officer for both McLeod Health and the McLeod Healthcare Network
    Dr. Lusk will serve as a liaison between physicians, CIN staff, and hospital leadership. He will have a role in improving clinical care and patient safety.

  • Foard wins John R. Justice Scholarship

    From release

    BENNETTSVILLE – Assistant Solicitor Adam M. Foard was recently awarded the John R. Justice scholarship at the South Carolina solicitors’ convention. 
    The award is given in memory of Sixth Circuit Solicitor John R. Justice. It is awarded to an assistant solicitor and helps with student-loan debt.  
    Foard has been with the Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for 11 years. He currently oversees the operation of General Sessions Court for Darlington County.