Jan Hollar named to First Community Board of Directors

  June 1, 2021

First Community Corporation, headquartered in Lexington, South Carolina, and the holding company of First Community Bank, announced that Jan Hollar, a retired banker with a 40-year career in community banking,…

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Understanding Your Portfolio and Fees

  May 29, 2021

By Charles B. Flowers, CFA At the end of every month, quarter, and year, the investment world tallies returns and produces reports. Frequently the results are delivered in chart-filled reports…

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Mark Mercuri joins First Reliance Bank as senior vice president

  May 26, 2021

Mark Mercuri has joined First Reliance Bank as senior vice president and commercial lender. Based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Mercuri will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with business…

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Southern First announces three new appointments to board of directors

  May 21, 2021

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, announced the appointment of three new directors. Terry Grayson-Caprio, Ray Lattimore, and William Maner, IV will join the…

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Alexis Barrett joins Coldwell Banker Caine

  May 18, 2021

Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Alexis Barrett as a Staff Accountant to its Greenville office. In this role, Alexis will be working closely with Caine Controller, Sheila Hensley, and the…

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Beatrice Huguenin joins Coldwell Banker Caine in Spartanburg

  May 11, 2021

Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Beatrice Huguenin to its Spartanburg office. A Swiss native, fluent in both French and English, Beatrice moved to the Upstate from Ocala, Florida just over…

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Countybank Foundation donates $1,500 to Faith Home

  May 11, 2021

The Countybank Foundation recently donated $1,500 to Faith Home, a Christian rehabilitation program for men and women seeking treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. “We are so grateful for the…

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FPA of South Carolina to offer scholarships to South Carolina-based high school students for the summer 2021 Financial Planning Academy

  May 6, 2021

In an effort to introduce high school students to the financial planning profession, the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of South Carolina announced today they plan to offer a limited number…

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Southern Management Corporation relaunches as Heights Finance

  May 3, 2021

Greenville, S.C. based company now serves customers in more than 400 branches across 11 states Based on its strong recent growth, Southern Management Corporation (SMC), one of the country’s largest providers…

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Wideman appointed as new Executive Director of Turning Pages, Inc.

  May 3, 2021

Ram’on O. Wideman, President/CEO of Anointed Business Solutions, LLC, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Turning Pages, Inc. Founded in 1968 as the Greater Columbia Literacy Council,…

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Order of Contributions

  April 30, 2021

By Corinne Hanna, CFP® Whether you are an employee deciding about your annual benefits at election time or an employer deciding which benefits to offer, make your workplace benefits work…

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Southern First reports results for first quarter 2021

  April 27, 2021

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, announced its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021. “We are off to a strong…

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Lincoln Stewart joins Countybank as Commercial Relationship Manager

  April 27, 2021

Countybank welcomed Lincoln Stewart as Commercial Relationship Manager in Greer. Stewart comes to Countybank with commercial banking and credit underwriting experience. In his role as Commercial Relationship Manager, Stewart will…

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United Community Banks, Inc. reports first quarter results

  April 21, 2021

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) (United) announced that net income for the first quarter reached a record $73.7 million and pre-tax, pre-provision income was $81.6 million. The quarter benefited…

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Countybank and Greenwood Capital donate $5000 to Burton Center

  April 20, 2021

David Tompkins, Greenwood Market Executive for Countybank; John Cooper, Private Client Advisor for Greenwood Capital; and Wells Dunlap, Commercial Relationship Manager for Countybank, recently presented a check for $5,000 to…

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John Proctor joins Greenwood Capital, expanding client support

  April 20, 2021

Greenwood Capital announced the addition of John Proctor in the newly created position of Client Portfolio Advisor. In this role, John deepens the critical connection between client facing advisors and…

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South Carolina Federal announces 2021 Scholarship Winners

  April 15, 2021

South Carolina Federal Credit Union is honored to announce the winners of its 2021 scholarship program. Out of nearly 1,000 candidates, nine students were acknowledged for their academic achievements, volunteer…

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YMCA of Greenville awarded $5,000 grant from United Bank for RECESS, its program for adults with diverse abilities

  April 14, 2021

Greenville County adults with diverse abilities will benefit from grant support of RECESS programming YMCA of Greenville, a cause-driven, nonprofit organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,…

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NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

  March 31, 2021

Senator Thomas Alexander and the intersection of life and work By W. Thomas Smith Jr. AS A BOY GROWING UP in the thriving northwest corner of South Carolina, State Senator…

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How to Think About Insuring that Second Home

  March 30, 2021

By Molly A. Thomas, FPQP™ Many people dream of a second home—a place to go for some rest and relaxation, a place to call your own, a place for family…

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First Reliance Bank hires human resources director

  March 29, 2021

Veteran leader joins to manage bank’s employee relations and recruitment Leslie Chaplin has joined First Reliance Bank as executive vice president, director of human resources. Based in Columbia, S.C., Chaplin…

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