House highway panel begins deliberations

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Acting House Speaker Jay Lucas opened the session with comments about a statewide transportation that is in decay, and urged the committee to have a plan to pay for necessary road improvements when lawmakers return in January. Read More...

Shareholders approve merger of First Citizens banks in Carolinas

Completion of the merger, which provides for Columbia-based Bancorporation to merge into Raleigh, N.C.-headquartered First Citizens BancShares, is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to closing conditions. Read More...

CertusBank plans mortgage, wealth division sale

In an effort to return to a “more traditional community banking business model,” CertusBank announced plans to sell both its mortgage and wealth divisions to out-of-state companies. Bank leadership did not disclose the number of employees, specific facilities or terms related to the sales. Read More...

Drive-in movie theater planned for W. Columbia

Martin Murray and Joe Barth paid $350,000 for a 67-acre parcel at 1420 Old Dunbar Road, which they plan to develop into a drive-in movie theater, according to NAI Avant. Read More...

DEW receives $1.6M for unemployment insurance program

Funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will allow the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce to implement program integrity and system improvement activities, as well as implement or expand reemployment and eligibility assessment programs. Read More...


Spigner to keynote Women’s Health conference

Katrina Spigner, founder and CEO of Re-Source Solutions LLC, will tackle the issue of life balancing at the 13th annual Women’s Health Conference, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan. Read More...

Humane Society names public support director

Erin P. Smith will be responsible for all fundraising, public relations and marketing needs for the Humane Society. She’ll also be involved in the organization’s planning for a new facility, said Wayne Brennessel, executive director.  Read More...