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Gov. Henry McMaster designates chair of South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees

 

South Carolina First Steps, the state’s early childhood agency and a statewide nonprofit organization, announced that Governor Henry McMaster has designated business leader David Morley as the new chair of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees. Morley will also serve as chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), an interagency group coordinated…

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GaffneyLewis welcomes new attorney to Columbia office

 

GaffneyLewis LLC announced that Sara Brakmann has joined the firm as an attorney in the firm’s Columbia office. Brakmann received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. “We are excited to have Sara join the firm and know…

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MUSC and Clemson introduce Healthy Me – Healthy SC to increase health care access

 

Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have begun a statewide collaborative program called Healthy Me – Healthy SC, created to improve health care access and combat health disparities across South Carolina. The newly announced program extends the Clemson-MUSC health sciences collaboration. After nearly two years of successful pilot programs in rural…

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City of Charleston, Doha, Qatar enter into Charleston Sister Cities International Partnership

 

Last week, Charleston City Council unanimously approved a Sister Cities partnership with Doha, Qatar. During a Qatari delegation visit to Charleston in October, the Ambassador of Qatar to the United States of America Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg and Charleston Sister Cities International President and CEO Neita Wiese held…

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Cassina Group Broker-in-Charge Owen Tyler is South Carolina REALTORS® 2020 President

 

Owen Tyler, managing broker and broker-in-charge at The Cassina Group in Charleston is South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) 2020 president. Tyler was inaugurated in an awards ceremony at the association’s annual conference at the Francis Marion Hotel in September.  His term began last week, following the National Association of REALTORS® annual meeting in San Francisco. SCR President…

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Lakeside Lodge Clemson welcomes David Slevin as General Manager for signature restaurant

 

Lakeside Lodge Clemson announced that David Slevin has been named general manager of the property’s food and beverage programs. In his new role, Slevin will oversee the soon-to-be-announced on-site restaurant and catering operations for events hosted at Lakeside Lodge Clemson. Slevin brings more than 15 years of experience to Lakeside Lodge Clemson. In his previous…

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Colliers Report: Charleston shop types match changing consumer preferences

 

Key Takeaways The Charleston retail market absorbed 204,454 square feet of shopping center space during the third quarter of 2019. Overall weighted rental rates for remaining shopping center space averaged $16.59 per square foot this quarter – lower than the first two quarters of this year – mostly due to lesser quality space remaining in…

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Comcast provides digital support for Morningside students

 

Fifty scholars from Morningside Middle School are enjoying more access to technology thanks to the generosity of Comcast. On November 13, 2019, the telecommunications company hosted the Bandwidth for Growth Forum – which is part of a series of events in the Charleston area that celebrates the power of the digital economy and the power…

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Half of hospitality experience sold for 2021 PGA championship

 

Steady demand from businesses excited about the 2021 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Eighteen months before the 2021 PGA Championship begins, 50 percent of its all-inclusive hospitality offerings have sold out.The 2021 PGA Championship will be contested May 17 – 23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the…

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MUSC spinoff tackles hospital pharmacy cost savings through new software platform

 

AscendRx identifies medication spend savings opportunities for hospitals Hospital pharmacies now have an innovative software platform to help them make better spending decisions thanks to a spinoff company from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Many hospital pharmacists report that identifying the most cost-effective products for an organization can swiftly become overwhelming when marketplace…

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Flock to the Zoo for Lights Before Christmas

 

Columbia’s Longest Running Holiday Tradition Kicks Off this Weekend Join Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the 32nd annual Lights Before Christmas presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. The wildly popular holiday lights spectacular will take place on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. New this year, each evening…

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Kelly Carter named Chief Financial Officer of SAFE Federal Credit Union

 

SAFE Federal Credit Union has selected Kelly Carter, CPA as its new Chief Financial Officer.  Carter succeeds Debbie Jordan who will retire in early 2020 with more than 41 years of service to the credit union. Carter is a Valley View, Pennsylvania native who served in various positions at Gratz Bank in Pennsylvania for seven…

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City Center Partnership announces election of new officers and board members for 2020

 

City Center Partnership (CCP) announced the election of the following officers. The election took place at CCP’s 18th annual meeting. • John Griggs of Synovus Bank – Chairman • Sharon Bryant of First Citizens Bank – Vice Chairman • Jason Caskey of University of South Carolina – Treasurer • Heather Mitchell of Boudreaux Group –…

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Strong financial portfolio lifts Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District’s bond rating

 

Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District (SSSD) announced an increased  bond rating based on the utility’s strong financial management and performance. A bond rating is a letter grade assigned to bonds that indicate their credit quality. Two independent bond rating agencies – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investor Service – upgraded SSSD’s revenue bonds based on…

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Dominion Energy launches energy-saving program in Columbia

 

Customers benefit from cost-saving measures Dominion Energy hosted a kickoff event in partnership with the City of Columbia at the Busby Street Community Center to inform residents of the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program, which offers free energy saving products to eligible customers. Approximately 1,300 residents in the north Columbia area were invited to learn more…

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Statewide Adoption Day means a forever home for nearly 80 children

 

The SC Department of Social Services recognizes November as National Adoption Month and November 25th is proclaimed by Governor McMaster as Statewide Adoption Day in SC. Nearly eighty (80) children are scheduled to be adopted by 60 families and in family courts in Anderson, Charleston, Horry, and Sumter Counties. Many families have agreed to share their stories about…

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College of Charleston alums’ band Ranky Tanky earns Grammy nomination

 

Three College of Charleston alumni are in the running for a Grammy nomination with their band Ranky Tanky. Started by alumnus Clay Ross ’98, Ranky Tanky, which is a Gullah term loosely translated as “work it” or “get funky,” takes a modern approach to the traditional sounds of Gullah music. Rooted in the cultural traditions passed…

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Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. holds Merry Mirci Holiday event

 

Proceeds to Benefit Midlands Housing and Homeless Programs The Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI) is holding its annual benefit, Merry MIRCI Holiday, at Hotel Trundle on Wednesday, December 4th 6 p.m. The event will benefit MIRCI’s Housing and Homeless Programs in the Midlands. Aleph Wine Corporation will provide four master sommeliers to lead guests on…

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State Treasurer’s Office Works to ‘Serve Those Who Serve’

 

By South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis   Our nation’s military members know what it means to serve. They are selfless individuals who have committed themselves to safeguarding our country, its values and freedom. The significant sacrifices our service members make are usually not made alone. They are shared by those that support them the most…

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Hill Electric Company earns the 2019 Business of Integrity Award from BBB

 

When it comes to marketplace ethics, it appears no one can touch industrial electrical contractor Hill Electric. The Better Business Bureau of the Upstate, a private non-profit organization serving the 10-county Upstate area, honored Hill Electric with a 2019 Business of Integrity Award for Marketplace Ethics in the 50-199 employee category earlier this month. Founded…

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Carver Maritime expanding Charleston County operations

 

More Than $14 Million Investment will Create 22 New Jobs Carver Maritime, LLC, an industrial port known for its shipping and warehousing storage operations, announced plans to expand its existing operations in Charleston County. The more than $14 million investment is expected to create 22 new jobs. With a deep-water pier for loading and offloading…

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Immedion welcomes Karen Lewis and Jaylee Quarles to Spartanburg team

 

Immedion LLC, a premiere provider of cloud, data center and managed IT services, announced the hiring of Karen Lewis and Jaylee Quarles at their Spartanburg location. Karen Lewis joins Immedion as Accounting Associate and Jaylee Quarles as Managed Services Engineer. As Accounting Associate, Karen will handle daily accounts payable and administrative functions. She will work…

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Owen Tyler of The Cassina Group elected as 2020 President of S.C. Realtors

 

Owen Tyler, managing broker and partner of luxury boutique real estate firm The Cassina Group, has been elected as the 2020 president of South Carolina Realtors. South Carolina Realtors, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., is the largest professional membership organization in South Carolina with over 20,000 members. The organization promotes and protects private-property ownership and rights,…

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SOCO 80808 celebrates public opening

 

The coworking community expands with a larger footprint in the Vista SOCO, a platform and community for creative entrepreneurs and independent workers, will open their new Vista location to the public on Wednesday, November 20. At just under 11,000 square feet, 80808 is SOCO’s largest location to date and replaces the original Vista location. With…

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One SC Fund awards more than $313,000 for Hurricane Relief and Disaster Preparation

 

Grants bring total to more than $4.8 million distributed to nonprofits since the fund’s inception The One SC Fund Committee awarded $313,344 in grants to 11 organizations across South Carolina in the fall 2019 grant cycle for disaster relief and recovery projects. To date, the One SC Fund — established by former Governor Nikki Haley…

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Kick off the Holidays with Historic Columbia

 

Decorative house tours, classic carriage rides and breakfast with Santa heighten the holiday season Historic Columbia is the home for holiday traditions, and the new season of events is sure to bring back memories — and establish new ones. The Historic Columbia holiday season will officially kick off on Friday, Nov. 22 with historic holiday…

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1×1 Design associate Yarely Martinez joins Columbia AIA Board of Directors

 

The team at 1×1 Design announced that Yarely Martinez has joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Columbia Board of Directors. Martinez, Associate AIA, is the fourth 1×1 Design staff member to be elected to the board since 2011. AIA Columbia, which has approximately 220 design professionals as members, is one of six AIA South…

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Neal becomes newest Morton & Gettys associate

 

Joe’Terrious Neal, a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, is Morton & Gettys’ newest associate. His practice focuses on civil litigation. Neal joined the firm in August, assisting attorneys with research and drafting motions while he awaited results of the Bar exam. He was sworn in as an attorney today. During…

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Cox becomes Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s newest associate

 

Sarah J.M. Cox, a graduate of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota, has become Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s newest associate. Her practice focuses on employment law, personal injury, civil rights law and litigation. She also will represent clients in foodborne-illness cases and in grandparent rights cases. “We are pleased that an attorney with…

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Matthew Jepertinger joins Callison Tighe as an associate

 

Matthew L. Jepertinger, a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, has joined Callison Tighe & Robinson as an associate. His practice will focus on civil litigation. Mr. Jepertinger came to the firm more than a year ago, working as a law clerk as he completed his Juris Doctor. In that position,…

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Highest Morningstar Rating for WI Fidelis

 

For 3 year risk-adjusted performance as of September 30, 2019 1 of only 7 RIA firms in SC to receive Morningstar Separate Account Ratings, Wallick Investments, LLC’s Fidelis composite received a 5-star Morningstar Rating among 464 large-cap value products for 3-year risk-adjusted performance, and a 4-star Morningstar Rating for 5-year and Overall risk-adjusted performance as…

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Mullikin Law makes Carolina Cup history

 

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. The Mullikin Law Firm has been named the presenting sponsor for the 2020 Carolina Cup. The firm will sponsor both the signature Carolina Cup steeplechase race as “title sponsor,” which they have sponsored for several years, as well as the entire day’s racing events – to include six races –…

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Studio 2LR, Inc. Architecture + Interiors looking to hire project architect

 

Studio 2LR, Inc., an award winning design firm, seeks a problem solving, multi-tasking, creative architectural project manager to join our firm. We are looking for a creative thinker who has a desire to learn and lead. The pace in our studio is fast, challenging, and exciting. This position is well suited for someone who enjoys…

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Apply to become Richland Library’s next artist-in-residence

 

The search is underway for local artists who are looking for a space to create and willing to share their talents with the community. Richland Library is currently accepting applications for its next artist-in-residence in spring 2020. We encourage artists, spanning all mediums to apply. These mediums include – but are not limited to: traditional/fine…

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Richland Library announces Thanksgiving schedule

 

All Richland Library locations will close 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 27 and remain closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Local residents will still be able to access the library’s resources and information online. If you would like to renew materials or download items, visit richlandlibrary.com. We will reopen at…

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Stevens & Wilkinson appoints new president of South Carolina office

 

Stevens & Wilkinson, a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm with offices in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., announces the appointment of Robby Aull, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, principal, as the new president of the firm’s South Carolina office. As President, Aull is responsible for leading and guiding the direction of the overall office. In…

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Clawson and Staubes attorney, Trey Still becomes Certified Mediator

 

Clawson and Staubes LLC attorney Trey Still has received his certification as a Circuit Court Mediator by the SC Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. An experienced litigator Still will use his courtroom skills to mediate personal injury cases– auto wrecks, premises liability, and construction cases. “I look forward to serving in the role of…

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Hank’s Seafood restaurant opens new event space in historic downtown Charleston

 

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is opening Hank’s Social Hall, an elevated venue space for private events in Charleston’s Historic District, this December. Both managed by hotel, restaurant and retail operator, Makeready, Hank’s Social Hall will deliver the classic Hank’s Seafood experience with award-winning cuisine and white jacket service in a unique setting, with one goal in mind…

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Colliers International represents Reger Holdings in 280,000-square-foot lease at 10700 Farrow Road

 

Colliers International’s Chuck Salley, SIOR, Dave Mathews, SIOR, Thomas Beard and John Peebles represented the landlord in leasing space to Jushi USA at 10700 Farrow Road in Columbia. The property is part of the Carolinas Industrial Properties portfolio, owned by Reger Holdings LLC, which consists of 39 buildings, 5.5 million square feet and 55 tenants…

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation – October 2019

 

    Number of South Carolinians Working Continues Record Setting Pace Unemployment Rate Remains at All Time Low   Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s Statement on October 2019 Employment Situation: “The news is astounding. An unemployment rate of 2.6 percent. More than 58,000 new jobs created in 2019. More than 12,000 people removed from…

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Sleigh Bell Stroll and Trot – November 25 & 26

 

Family Fun Walk and Four Mile Run at Holiday Lights on the River See the lights at the Sleigh Bell Stroll (Nov. 25 and Sleigh Bell Trot (Nov. 26)! Join us at Saluda Shoals Park for a unique, nighttime family fun walk and four mile run amid the colorful light displays of Holiday Lights on the River, the Midlands largest…

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Sarah Robinson joins NP Strategy and expands the growing strategic communications firm

 

Sarah Robinson Joins NPS+ as a Communications Specialist  NP Strategy (NPS+) welcomes, Sarah Robinson, to their growing strategic communications team across the Carolinas. Robinson joins as a Communications Specialist and will bring new, innovative ideas to the team. “We are thrilled to bring on Sarah to our growing team in Charleston,” said Heather Matthews, Director of…

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Infinity Marketing welcomes K&W Cafeterias as new client

 

Infinity Marketing, a full-service marketing agency in the Upstate, is proud to announce its new partnership with K&W Cafeterias. This addition to Infinity’s growing client roster builds on the firm’s robust media experience and creative capabilities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “Our family has been serving guests Southern comfort food at a good price…

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Making Your Event Stand Out Through Sponsorships

 

By Emily Eckert NP Strategy   Think back to an event that stuck out in your mind. The one you attended where your mouth dropped open when you walked in, you left with a smile on your face or that you tell stories about. Was it your event? One that your corporation hosted or your…

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Top Grossing Movies – November 18, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 11/15/2019 to 11/21/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Ford v. Ferrari 1  $31,474,958  $31,474,958 2 Midway 2  $8,505,531  $34,896,304 3 Charlie’s Angels 1  $8,351,109  $8,351,109 4 Playing With Fire 2  $8,332,607  $25,280,431 5 Last Christmas 2  $6,493,930  $22,369,695 6 Doctor Sleep 2  $6,006,949  $24,865,108 7 The…

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Andrew Yang to speak at College of Charleston’s Bully Pulpit Series

 

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Yang will meet with faculty, staff, students and the community as part of the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit Series” on Nov. 22, 2019. The event will take place in the Stern Center Garden at 71 George Street at 10:30…

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Residents can help ‘Stuff an Ambulance’ for EMS toy drive

 

Richland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) again is responding to the call to help disadvantaged children during the holiday season and is seeking help from the community to “Stuff an Ambulance” with unwrapped toys, blankets, book bags and more. This year, the division of the County’s Emergency Services Department is holding its third annual toy…

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Two Lexington One assistant principals selected for statewide awards

 

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has named two school leaders from Lexington School District One as the 2020 South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year and the 2020 South Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. Leah Sarantopoulos, assistant principal at Carolina Springs Middle School, is the 2020 SC Middle…

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MUSC Foundation board elects new directors, officers

 

The Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board of Directors announced its newly elected members and officers. John Cahill was elected to serve as chairman of the MUSC Foundation Board of Directors. Cahill graduated from Harvard College and received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Cahill is the vice chairman of…

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Charleston area

 

Wells Fargo Bank NA leased 30,848 square feet of office space in The Jasper at 320 Broad St., Charleston, SC.  Ed Kercher handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant. Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. renewed its lease of 3,071 square feet of office space at 3520 W. Montague Ave., North Charleston, SC. …

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