• 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.

  • No pies, just trees at this Papa John’s

    Progressive Journal

    If you want to bring a little bit of nature into your home this holiday season, a live Christmas tree may be just what you need.
    The good news is you do not have to travel far to find the right tree for you and your family.
    The Progressive Journal’s shopping team of Melinda Cato and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson, visited Papa John’s in Lancaster County, a 40-acre Christmas tree farm, located on S.C. 903.

  • Ruby still raising funds for new medical center

    The town of Ruby is almost halfway in its fundraising drive to bring a medical center to its area.
    The town has partnered with Sandhills Medical Foundation to build a medical clinic on Market Street where Dr. Michael Valverde once had his office.
    S.C. State Rep. Richie Yow and Ruby Mayor Keith Bailey said the town has raised approximately $25,000 towards its goal of $60,000.
    Sandhills Medical Foundation pledged to match Ruby’s contribution. The $120,000 will fund the renovation.
    Bailey said inside demolition of the building has started.

  • Tucker Lumber rezoning request approved

    For Tucker Lumber it came down to the kind of fence it could install.
    Property Tucker recently purchased was zoned highway commercial. The 7-acre site bounded by Sycamore and Hunter streets was once a concrete plant.
    Tucker Lumber wants to develop the property to streamline its production process. Tucker officials estimate the change could reduce downtown truck traffic between its different locations.
    Tucker Lumber could have developed the property without a rezoning. Its new use is allowed under highway commercial zoning.

  • Sims named to Sandhill board

    The Sandhill Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors has selected Calvin Sims to replace Norman Caldwell who died Sept. 20.
    Sims and Kevin Smith ran against Caldwell in the May 6 elections for the board.
    Caldwell represented the Pageland exchange on the board.
    Sims is a 1977 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in business administration.
    He recently retired after from the Sims-Thaxton Insurance Group.  

  • Pageland business sponsors coat drive

    A Pageland business owner wants to help those who cannot afford to buy coats, but is finding her efforts frustrating.
    Brandy Lou Edwards, owner of Tropical Tanz and More on West McGregor St., started a coat drive, “but it’s been so frustrating.  I just can’t get people on board.”
    Edwards distributed flyers to downtown businesses and has posted requests to social media.
    Edwards is collecting new or gently used coats and jackets. She will clean coats if needed before distributing them.

  • Tucker Co. seeks rezoning

    Tucker Management Co. wants to rezone 7.1 acres off East Hunter Street in Pageland so that the zoning matches the rest of its lumber facility.
    The property, bordered by East Hunter Street and Sycamore Street, is currently zoned highway commercial. Tucker Management wants the property zoned basic industrial.
    Highway commercial zoning is intended for businesses that provide services to the community. Property zoned highway commercial is generally on the town’s major streets such as the bypass.

  • Conbraco committed to Pageland

    Conbraco Industries continues to invest in its Pageland plant, making more valves domestically rather than importing them from Italy or China.
    The company has also changed its distribution system, adding five warehouses across the country. The change in distribution means less shipping jobs in Pageland, CEO Glenn Mosack said. About 35 jobs were recently eliminated, he said.
    The company’s commitment to Pageland and domestic production remains strong, Mosack said.   

  • Cardinal Therapy seeks proper massage

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    Cardinal Therapy owner Erin Caldwell promises to find the right treatment to give you the maximum relief.
    She recently opened Cardinal Therapy at 103  West Godfrey St. in the  Nationwide building  beside Augusta Belle’s Car Wash in downtown Pageland.