• 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. 

  • 4th Circuit prosecutor Redmond honored

    From release

    BENNETTSVILLE  – Deputy Solicitor Kernard E. Redmond of the Fourth Circuit recently received the Ernest F. Hollings Award for excellence in state prosecution.
    The award was presented at the annual conference of the S.C. Solicitors’ Association.
    Redmond has been with the Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for 20 years and oversees the prosecution of all death penalty and other major cases in the circuit.  

  • New shop specializes in handmade soy candles

    Looking for something different to spice up your home during the holidays?
    Genevieve Carnes offers 42 different options.
    Carnes is the owner of Bliss Candles and Gifts at 110 E. McGregor St. in downtown Pageland.
    Carnes makes her 100 percent soy candles in 42 different scents, including watermelon, peach, pina colada and fruit loops. Custom candles are also available.    
    Carnes said her hand-poured candles burn evenly, cleaner and longer than ordinary candles, because her candles are made from soybean oil instead of petroleum oil.

  • Pageland Christmas shopping team returns

    Progressive Journal
    Local residents can start their holiday shopping in downtown Pageland.
    Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, the Progressive Journal’s Christmas shopping team,  took to the streets last Thursday,taking advantage of the Christmas Open House.
    First stop? Rivers Graphics where  Cato admired the colorful scarves hanging near the entrance.

  • #PickPageland in Top 20

    More than 10,000 of towns across the United States applied for a $1 million downtown makeover.
    Twenty remain.
    Pageland is one of them.
    #PickPageland created a social media storm that caught the attention of the producers of the show Small Business Revolution, said Timothy Griffin.
    Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind #PickPageland, said the social media frenzy was 800 “hits” to the show’s Facebook page, in just two weeks.

  • Pageland Family Pharmacy gives personal care

    On average, Pageland Family Pharmacy fills about 200 prescriptions per day.  
    While customers appreciate the staff’s prompt attention to their prescriptions, what they value equally, if not more, is you don’t have to stand in line and everyone knows their name.
    “We strive to provide our customers with quick service in a friendly way,” says Karla Milhorn, owner and pharmacist.

  • Springhill Assisted Living: A family legacy

    People passing the Springhill Assisted Living facility in Pageland often see residents relaxing in rocking chairs, like family, on the front porch.
    For 18 years, giving its residents a family-oriented atmosphere has been one of the center’s trademarks.
    Mary Blythe Chipman said that family-feeling, started with her parents Robbie and Julia Robertson, the original owners, and continued through her service as administrator. Chipman retired last Friday after four years.