• 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.

  • New downtown shop owner has a knack for business

    The naysayers told Sherry Brooks not to open her new store during Pageland’s Watermelon Festival.  People came for the festival, not to shop.
    Brooks and her customers have proven them wrong.
    The owner of a new thrift shop in Pageland said business is going great.    
    Opening the Knick Knack Shack, 106 McGregor St., on the Saturday of the festival “was one of the best days ever,” Brooks said.

  • Businesses, job seekers connect at chamber summit

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit and Job Fair last Tuesday brought hope to local residents seeking employment.
    More than 300 people came to the community center looking for jobs. Northeastern Technical College gave out approximately $1,500 in scholarships at the event.
    The event also promoted B2B efforts; businesses and agencies across the state and locally got a chance to promote their businesses and services among each other.  

  • Chamber’s biz summit focuses on jobs

    Firms will be interviewing for more than 250 openings when the Pageland Chamber of Commerce holds its business expo on Sept. 18.
    More than 30 businesses are expected to attend the event at the Pageland Community Center. .
    The event is divided into three different segments.
    From noon to 2 p.m., the summit is a chance for businesses to talk with other local businesses.
    When local businesses need supplies or services, they should first look to other Pageland businesses, said Tim Griffin, president of the chamber.

  • Downtown merchants: Turning trucks a hazard

    Pageland businessman Mack Nicholson regarded the decorative pole outside his Melon Beach store as a safety net. 

    Its position near the corner of Pearl and McGregor streets required trucks, especially those with trailers, to swing a little wider when making the turn. 

    Last Tuesday afternoon, Nicholson, in the back corner of his store, heard a loud bang. Looking up, he saw his “safety net” falling into his awning. A large white truck with trailer completed the turn, heading west out of town. 

  • McBee IGA won’t affect residents’ water, sewer bills

    Operation of an IGA grocery store in McBee will have no effect on the customers of Alligator Water & Sewer Co. 

    Operations of the grocery will be separate from the utility, even though Alligator Water will own the store. 

    “There will be no co-mingling of funds or employees,” said Glenn Odom, the utility’s general manager.

    The separation should mean that profit or loss in one of the businesses will not affect the other business.  

  • More businesses struggling in downtown, Pageland Hardware latest to consider closing

    There is a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the window of Pageland Hardware and Outdoors.

    The sign, wrapped in cellophane, is for sale for $12.99. 

    You can buy the sign, or you can buy the business, says hardware store co-owner Phil Melton. 

    Pageland Hardware is the oldest business in downtown, dating to 1911. Phil and his business partner are the fourth owners of the store, operating it now for three years. 

  • Screwmatics marks 30 years

    In 1988, Tom and Kim Hogge took a leap of faith. 

    Tom, who was out of work, and his wife, Kim, started their own machining services.

    It was not something that was planned. It was out of necessity, they said. 

    Kim answered the phones and kept the books.  Tom operated the machines. 

    Screwmatics of South Carolina was born. 

  • A.O. Smith sets fundraising record

    From release

    The 8th annual charity golf tournament for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence sponsored by A. O. Smith of McBee set a new fundraising record of $15,309.
    “Each year, we are thankful to have this opportunity to support a great local charity. We are grateful for all of our tournament players, sponsors, donors and volunteers, because without them, this would not be possible” said Jeff Barron, director of operations for A. O. Smith’s McBee plant.