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SCE&G to cut utility rates by an average of $5 a month to appease angry rate-payers

Keller Kissam, SCE&G president of retail operations, and incoming president. (File photo)  SCANA announced, Thursday, that it plans reduce the utility bills of customers in the wake of its failure to complete the construction of two nuclear reactors. The giant power company also announced it will purchase a gas-fired power plant in place of the reactor-generated energy. “We’ve heard our customers’…

Rock, blues maven Elle King will headline Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year’s party

Elle King will perform live at S.C.’s largest New Year’s Eve party, the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia,. on Dec. 31. She is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist famous for her hit single “Ex’s and Oh’s,” and internationally renowned for her unique sound encompassing rock, soul, blues and country. Since #FHNY is on a Sunday night this year, we’re encouraging visitors to make a long weekend of it!  www.famouslyhotnewyear.com…

Minnie’s Auto Service has female customers in mind

1/5Minnies 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Minnies 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Minnies 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Minnies 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Minnies 4 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan There’s a car repair shop in Columbia that recently opened. And this one isn’t like any you’ve seen before. Minnie’s Auto Repair, at 6220 St. Andrews Rd….

S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond announces Scrooges and Angels for 2017

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced Thursday the Scrooges and Angels lists of 2017. Ten Angels as well as one Honorary Angel were recognized at a press conference and honored with a reception in the Secretary of State’s Office following the announcement. The Angels honored represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from all organizations…

Richland County leaders visit China to forge international economic development relationship

1/31 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/32 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/33 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Richland County Council’s Joyce Dickerson Richland County officials met with Chinese business leaders in late October to build upon the international relationship forged when a top manufacturing company selected Richland County as the home of its first American production…

Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducts vision screening at Cayce Elementary

1/3Lions sight screening 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lions sight screening 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Lions sight screening Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducting Vision Screening at Cayce Elementary School in Lexington School District Two on Nov. 8,9,and 10. The Lions Club screened 1,050 students during the three day screening. The school nurses, Mrs. Sturkie…

Groundbreaking for Sonny’s SportsPlex Indoor Courts Facility held in Northeast Columbia

Rendering of Sonny’s – Submitted Hill Construction and Talmage Architects joined the owners of Sonny’s SportsPlex to officially break ground on Sonny’s SportsPlex. It’s an indoor courts facility that will offer league play, open gym and personal training. Sonny’s is expected to open in the Spring of 2018. The Northeast Columbia facility will give youth around the state the opportunity to…

Vista Lights, holiday open house, kicks off Thursday, with new features

The 32nd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday (Nov. 16) from 5-10 p.m. with artistic performances, live music, dancing, shopping, dining and the annual Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m. “We’re so excited about what our Vista Guild members and neighborhood shops, galleries, restaurants, retailers and businesses are doing this…

Chapin Marching Band’s Holiday Market is Nov. 18

The Chapin Marching Band is having a Holiday Market with more than 70 local crafters and vendors. There will also be a huge silent auction. Five food trucks will be on-site too.  along with 5 food trucks. The Holiday Market will be held at the Chapin High School Nov. 18th from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. There will be something for everyone.

West Columbia’s Zesto, to Pete Manos from Gus, the tradition endures

1/5Zesto 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Pete, left, and some of staff Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Zesto 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Zesto 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Zesto Show Caption Hide Caption Pete Manos, left, with some of the Zesto staff. By Karamie Sullivan One of the most recognizable images in West Columbia’s Triangle City is the “chocolate dipped…

Columbia’s Laura Derrick is 2018 South Carolina REALTORS President

Laura Derrick Laura Derrick, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Columbia, is South Carolina REALTORS 2018 president. Derrick was inaugurated in a ceremony at the association’s September annual meeting at the Greenville Hyatt Regency Hotel. Her term begins this week. As SCR president, Derrick’s goal will be to focus on SCR’s strategic plan, which is rooted in the protection…

Lizard’s Thicket reopening Elmwood location, Saturday, after extensive renovations

Lizard’s Thicket  plans to reopen its completely renovated 818 Elmwood Ave. location, Saturday, after five months of it being closed. Lizard’s Thicket is a 40-year-old, collection of family-owned and operated restaurants specializing in traditional Southern food.  There are  15 locations in South Carolina. Renovations to the Elmwood Avenue store included and an updated the exterior and interior and: o   Increased parking o   Upgraded…

Cats on display at new Cat Cafe, opening Friday in River District

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S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis’ 529 Plan among lowest-cost college savings plans

Click for link State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has announced that the Future Scholar Direct Plan, administered by his office, was ranked as having the second-lowest cost among 529 plans nationwide in a recent 529 fee study by Savingforcollege.com. The study compared 10-year cost totals of all direct-sold 529 plans using data found in official program descriptions. The lowest-cost plans were…

BI-LO grocery donating 150 USC vs Wofford football tickets to veterans and families

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Experienced Litigation Team Joins Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

1/3Clay_Walker Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Reynolds_Blankenship Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Rob_Reibold Show Caption Hide Caption COLUMBIA (Nov. 7) – Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce the addition of Clay Walker, Rob Reibold and Reynolds Blankenship to our litigation practice. The experienced team of litigators joins HSB from the firm Walker & Reibold. Clay Walker has represented clients in product…

Carrier leases West Columbia space to put building at 100% occupancy

Carrier, an air conditioning system supplier, has leased 3,656 square feet of industrial space at 560 Chris Drive in West Columbia. With the new company in the facility, it is now at 100% occupancy. Colliers International’s Chuck Salley, Dave Mathews and Thomas Beard represented the owner, Ronald Weathers, in the Carrier deal. Now the brokerage team will focus away from…

Mungo Homes announces Donna Wiggins as its digital marketing manager

Donna Wiggins Donna Wiggins is Mungo Homes’ new digital marketing manager. In that role she will oversee the corporate digital presence for all eight markets throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Mungo Homes announced her appointment to the position in a press release Friday. According to Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Kim O’Quinn, “Donna is perfect for this…

Plans for large residential/commercial community in North Columbia announced Thursday

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin at Thursday’s press conference (City of Columbia Photo.) A 70-to-80-acre residential and commercial community is being planned at a site off of Columbia’s North Main Street, near I-20.  The new project is named Azurest at Heritage Creek. Azurest at Heritage Creek will include many types of homes and townhouses, a senior living facility, a grocery/hardware store,…

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group to occupy space in Landmark I building on Forest Drive

Google Image – Use permitted Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will occupy 7,724 square feet of space in the Landmark I building, at 3600 Forest Drive in Columbia. NAI Avant senior broker Macon Lovelace and broker Peyton Bryant recently represented the landlord in the lease transaction in the Landmark Professional Office and Medical Park. NAI announced the transaction, Thursday in a…

Celebrating 40 years, Compton’s Kitchen is like a family

1/5Comptons Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Comptons 6 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Comptons 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Comptons 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Comptons 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan A Midlands restaurant turned 40 on Wednesday. Compton’s Kitchen, on B Avenue in West Columbia, celebrated its anniversary with a discounted “bacon breakfast” plate and prize giveaways all…

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber President-CEO Gregg Pinner has resigned

Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center announced Monday that President and CEO Gregg Pinner has decided to step down effective immediately to pursue other interests. “The Chamber has grown a lot in the past 17 years and we continue to look forward to our future,” was a message included in a release announcing Pinner’s resignation. The Board…

Nephron Pharmaceuticals donates medications, offers jobs to help hurricane victims

(Nephron Pharmaceuticals photo) Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nephron) donated a quarter of a million vials of medication to areas affected by recent hurricanes, and now has a variety of job positions available for anyone displaced by the storms. Nephron is in Lexington County, and based outside of Cayce, and has a West Columbia address. Nephron distributed sterile drug products to hospitals…

Vista’s Wet Willies hosts fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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