• 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.

  • 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.