• Pageland auto repair shop now under new ownership

    A new owner has taken over a mechanic shop in downtown Pageland, but he’s familiar to many area residents.
    Derrick Vincent opened D’s Car Care at 120 East McGregor Street in mid-May, but was a 12-year employee of Advance Auto Parts before branching out on his own.
    “I wanted to stay in Pageland because I like it here and the people are great,” the Kershaw resident said. “Working here as long as I have I’ve gotten to know the people.”

  • Save the Blakeney

    Miss Pageland Erika Bryant is still spearheading the effort to save and restore the historical Blakeney Hotel in downtown Pageland. Bryant recently visited the hotel again with Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director for The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation. Bedenbaugh said The Blakeney will be the subject of a feature story in the summer issue of Sandlapper magazine.

  • Sports cars getting ‘greener’

    Most people choose muscle cars or stylish roadsters for their appearance and performance, not necessarily for their gas mileage. But more sport cars are being redesigned to be more fuel efficient, making them a stylish and more environmentally sound choice.
    Sports cars are typically considered gas-guzzlers, primarily because most feature a V8 engine under the hood, which can easily take the vehicle up to the top speeds afficionados desire.

  • Is a hybrid car the right fit for you?


    While some eco-friendly behaviors and lifestyle changes have been easy to adopt, others have proven far more difficult. Perhaps nothing illustrates that more than consumer reaction to hybrid cars.

  • Chamber of Commerce welcomes two new members

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce has welcomed two new members.

    J. S. Cato Electrical, LLC
    J. Stuart Cato began his business in 1988, working from a van. In 2003, he upgraded to an office and formed a Limited Liability Corporation.
    In 2010 he acquired his unlimited (Class 5) license and is now able to do any size job available.

  • Consignment shop offers clothing bargains

     Debbie Cowart recently opened the Trendy Chicks clothing store at 113 N. Pearl St.
    Cowart offers brand name, gently worn clothing for everyone.  Cowart said she did not open just a regular store, she opened a consignment store.  
    “Opening my own store is something I always wanted to do. I like the consignment store because I can offer used goods at a low cost and sell new items as well,” Cowart said.

  • Tucker Lumber unveils new sawmill

    Tucker Lumber Co. unveiled its new sawmill last week, an outgrowth of the desire to modernize and the need to rebuild after a fire last year heavily damaged the old sawmill.
    C.M. Tucker Lumber Co., at age 91 the oldest manufacturer in Chesterfield County, led a tour of its North Pearl Street operation on Thursday to show off the new mill and show town officials and business leaders the overall operation.

  • New Markette ignites gas war

    By Jonathan Wedlock

    Progressive Journal Reporter

    A new gas station on the North Carolina line could spark a gas war at a time of soaring fuel prices.

    The Markette Gas station opened on U.S. 601 on March 7 with regular gas going for a cash price of $3.25 per gallon. Motorists lined up at the pumps since it opened, saving 18 cents a gallon.

    “ It has been very busy for the first week” said cashier Khaliah Sinclair. “We’re just hoping it stays that way.”

  • Pageland Paint moves to McGregor Street

     By Jonathan Wedlock

    Progressive Journal Reporter

    Pageland Paint & Floor Covering recently switched locations.

    Store owners Donna and Rick Helms vacated their space on Maple Street, where they spent over a decade, and moved around the corner to 124 W. McGregor St. on Pageland’s main retail street. This location allows the Helmses to display the global Porter Paints logo outside, attracting the attention of contractors and others passing through town.

    Store clerk David Laney enjoys the new store.

  • Econominc Development

    Chesterfield County should form a public-private partnership to raise more money for jobs recruiting, a consultant told the County Council last week.

    The county Economic Development Board hired Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting, of Raleigh, to analyze local efforts and craft a plan to attract jobs.

    Crystal Morphis, of Sanford Holshouser, told the County Council that non-profit corporations in local communities in the Carolinas have been successful in boosting tax-supported industry recruiting efforts.