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Honesty - 'number one rule for me'
Rachael Nickolls

Rachael Nickolls doesn't take people's trust in her for granted.

In fact, she takes it as an opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty as office manager of an Orangeburg company.

Whether she's overseeing books or billing processes or managing her own office accounts, she is dedicated to being truthful and sincere in her dealings not only with her customers, but her boss, who has grown to respect and admire her ability to get the job done.

It is Nickoll's ability to stay free from deceitful or fraudulent practices which has also earned her designation as an example of honesty as part of the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative.

"It's a very nice compliment. I feel extremely proud. I'm not bragger, but it's nice to be ide.jpgied that way. I take pride in the fact that I always try and do the right thing, and somebody noticed," said Nickolls, office manager at Centrex Promotions Inc.

Orangeburg Mayor Paul Miller, who is company president, said he has noticed Nickolls' ability and growth in the business for a long time.

"She's worked for me since 1994, and she's kind of been my right-hand person. I can't think of a person that's more honest than she is. She has kept my books and my checkbook throughout all this time," said Miller, noting that Nickolls probably knows more about his business than he does.

"I trust her explicitly. The lady wouldn't take a pencil. That's just how conscientious she is. One time she made a mistake in my checkbook. She couldn't sleep until she could come back and tell me about it. She is just a very deserving individual," said Miller, who became mayor in 2001.

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"Since becoming mayor, I've had less time to spend here (at the office). So, she's really bene running this business since … 2001," he said.

"I look forward to coming to work every day because he's good to me. I try to be just as good to him," Nickolls said. "Honesty is the most important quality a person can have anymore. It's just the number one rule for me."

The St. Matthews resident and her husband, Mike, are the parents of four children. Nicholls said honesty was something her late mother, Nonnie, instilled in her from an early age along with the help of a "strong Baptist background."

"The way kids are brought up today is a whole lot different. I wouldn't trade the things that I was taught for anything in this world," she said.

T&D Staff Writer Dionne Gleaton can be reached by e-mail at dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or by phone at 803-533-5534. Discuss this and other stories online at TheTandD.com.

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