2018-11-09 / Business

City Snippets

McNair law firm acquired

Burr & Forman, based in Birmingham, Ala., is acquiring Carolinas-based McNair Law Firm effective January 1, 2019. McNair’s 84 attorneys will join Burr & Forman’s more than 350 legal and business professionals in 19 offices across eight states.

SCANA reports Q3 profit

SCANA reports it made a third-quarter profit of $67 million, or 47 cents a share, compared to earnings of $34 million, or $0.24 a share, during 2017’s third quarter. SCANA’s shares closed up $0.08, at $37.37 a share, after the earnings report. However, that is still far below a $48-a-share buyout offer for the utility by Virginia-based Dominion Energy.

New café opening on Main

Bonita Clemons’ Rare Variety Café, which features food and space for community gathering, is opening at 4622 N. Main Street.

Group opposes charter school

Citing increased traffic and tax concerns, the board of the Cottontown/Bellevue Historic District Neighborhood Association is opposing a charter school planned at the former Jim Moore Cadillac dealership on North Main.

The Mousetrap reopening

Closed since May, The Mousetrap restaurant at 2711 Middleburg Plaza, has been reopened by new owners George Floyd and Andy Jerry.

Business tax rates decrease

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce says the 2019 tax rates for businesses will be an average of 18.8 percent lower than in 2018—the largest decrease in the rates so far, putting $52 million back into businesses’ pockets.

Big brewery opening in Cayce

Steel Hands Brewing, which says it will be the Midlands’ largest brewery, is opening in early December at 2350 Foreman Street in Cayce.

Clemson newspaper going digital

Clemson’s student newspaper, The Tiger, says it will no longer publish a print edition. Instead all content will be posted to www.thetigernews.com.

Palmetto Seafood reopens

The Palmetto Seafood restaurant and market at 2200 Gervais Street has reopened. The longtime business closed briefly following a death in the Moultrie family.

State now licensing mopeds

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has begun registering and tagging mopeds ahead of a November 19 change in state law that treats them much the same as passenger vehicles.

Dominion wants to run Santee-Cooper

Dominion Energy has offered to take over and manage Santee Cooper to help it save costs after the state-owned power company racked up $4 billion in debt on the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.

COMET extending service routes

COMET bus service is extending riding services including Route 28 to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport every two hours Monday through Saturday and Route 84 to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens on request every 60 minutes during business hours.

BOA funding workforce programs

Bank of America has announced $421,000 in funding in workforce development programs across the state. Among Midlands area programs in the effort are: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands, City Year, Columbia Urban League, Communities in Schools of the Midlands, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA), Midlands Tech College Foundation, Palmetto Health Foundation, Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), and Youth Corp.

Local farmers growing hemp

Two Richland County farmers, Vanessa English and Michael Todd Stamps, are among 40 growers selected by the S.C. Department of Agriculture to participate in the 2019 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

Lexington workplace opens

A new collaborative workspace, CoCreate, has opened at 714 South Lake Drive in Lexington. The 10,000-square-foot space includes full-size swings for stress relief, a cozy couch area, and a play area for members’ children.

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