• 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.

  • Nestle plant honored for environmental efforts

    From release

    McBEE – Nestlé Waters North America’s Chesterfield County bottling facility near McBee was recently certified as leader in environmental design.
    To become LEED certified there must be a plan –  from construction to production and maintenance –  to use energy and other resources efficiently, reducing the environmental impact.
    LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

  • 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.

  • Chamber honors CHESCO worker

    Each time Michelle Melton is given a task at CHESCO Services, she responds with an all-out effort, say her coworkers.
    But more importantly, they say, is her commitment to those CHESCO serves.
    “She genuinely cares and makes a difference. She is a go-getter who won’t take ‘no,’’’ said Gabe Watson of CHESCO Services.
    Her dedication was honored Wednesday as the Pageland Chamber of Commerce named Melton its business “Woman of the Year.”

  • Ruby clinic project proceeds

    When the Sandhills Medical Foundation clinic in Ruby is finished, its supporters predict the patrons will come – in golf carts.
    The partnership between the foundation and the town of Ruby fulfills a long-term need.
    The building being renovated is the former office of Dr. Michael Verde, who died in November at 101.
    Former Ruby resident Glenn Gulledge remembered what Dr. Verde meant to Ruby.
    Gulledge lived in walking distance from the clinic when he was growing up.

  • Chamber holds truck drivers’ job fair

    To help meet the demand for truck drivers, the Pageland Chamber of Commerce recently held a job fair.
    The job fair was sponsored by CEVA Logistics, a global logistics supply chain firm which provides drivers to Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Wal-Mart Distribution is a member of the chamber.
    Maria Rangel, regional driver recruiter for CEVA, talked about the company and how to apply for various truck driving jobs. 

  • Seeking Pageland’s history

    From release

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce is working with the businesses in downtown Pageland to create a window shopping tour.
    The event is planned in conjunction with the Watermelon Festival.
    The chamber will be meeting with the business owners to determine a night that they will stay open late and promote the History Display tour.
    People who want to donate items to the tour can contact the chamber at (843) 672-6400.
    The chamber is looking for:
    ◆ The histories of local churches.