• 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. 

  • Pageland flower shop owner considers options

    Daniel Toler, owner of the Pageland Floral and Gift Shop, is evaluating his business options.
    Toler said business has been very slow and he is using his financial resource to keep the floral shop open.
    “Right now, I’m working by myself,” Toler said.  “My only employee did very good work, but I couldn’t afford to pay her.”
    Having a one-man operation means Toler closes his shop when making deliveries.

  • A soundtrack for sales

    Teresa Miller is fluent in fish and fireworks. 

    Most often you can find her at the fish market in Petersburg. 

    But when the calendar flips from June to July, Miller heads out on U.S. 601 to the state line where she has sold fireworks for the past 18 years. 

    Regulations don’t allow Miller to demonstrate her product first hand. An errant lit firework near a stand full of fireworks would produce, well, a BIG boom. 

  • Pepper X: The latest way to set your mouth on fire

    It is the food equivalent of eating a firecracker. 

    First there is an explosion of taste. Then your eyes water, your throat closes, your nose runs, and your ears ring. 

    For some, the endomorphins kick in and it is, they say, an incredible natural high.

    For others, pain and cramps follow, bringing you to your knees. Some end up lying on the ground. 

    The food is the world’s hottest chili pepper – grow by the thousands in South Carolina. 

  • New Emergency Department soon to open at McLeod Health Cheraw

    There were back-to-back full houses at the emergency departments of McLeod Health Cheraw last Thursday. 

    In the current emergency department, Dr. Gabe Simpson, medical director of the ER, and his staff were focused on 15 patients, twice the number of available rooms.  

    At the new emergency department, community leaders and guests gathered under the “porte cochere,” a French term that means “coach door.” “Porte cochere” has become an architectural term to describe a large covered entrance.

  • Neighbors for WalMart distribution center?

    Two economic development projects just outside of Pageland’s town limits are in the works.
    Last Wednesday, Chesterfield county economic development officials announced the county has completed the purchase of the 127-acre Belk track on Dove Sutton Road, near the Walmart Distribution Center on U.S. 601. The economic development office has held the option on the site since 2015.
    Officials also confirmed that “Project Parasol” is considering the former Lev Bakery building, adjacent to the distribution center.