Blazer band member to perform in the Rose Parade

Trevor Ousey, a tenth grade clarinetist at Ridge View High School, has been selected for membership in the 2005 Bands of America Honor Band. Ousey will be one of 330 performers selected from an open national audition for this elite group, which includes exceptionally talented musicians, color guard members, and dancers. Honor Band members come from 206 schools nationwide and […]

Dog loses home to foreclosure

Amber, an amiable senior yellow lab, waits on her front porch on my street, not knowing her people aren’t coming home anymore. They had money problems, split up, and their home is in foreclosure. They already took their blind, elderly black chow to the shelter to be euthanized and were going to take Amber there, too, but the volunteers at […]

Inquiring bodies want to know

First impressions may be deceiving

Popular detective novels, murder mysteries, and prime time investigation programs would like the public to believe that only systematic sleuthing and the latest forensic techniques resolve the criminal investigations. The current best selling books about body language would also lead readers to believe one can automatically recognize deceptive behavior by the crossing of the legs, the overuse of hand gestures, […]

SCORE helps business owner light up the sky

John Casey of Casey’s Fun Fundraising brought the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) volunteers an unusual business case when he came to them for assistance. His business expertise is fireworks, a product many people think of only at New Year’s and July 4th. Sales only twice a year were too limiting for success. What Casey wanted was to expand […]


Francesca Macchiaverna has become an associate of the firm Cooper Coffas Moore & Gray, P.A. Elizabeth A. Shuffler has become an associate with Finkel & Altman, L.L.C. Frederick F. Fisher and Christopher M. Drury have become associates of the Hood Law Firm, L.L.C. Bobby J. Long has joined Morris, Schneider & Prior, L.L.C. Daniel C. Leonardi has become an associate […]

Sales manager gets promotion

The corporate office of Southern Imaging Group of Florence, SC promoted Don McPherson of the Columbia sales office to president of the company. The employee– owned company has six offices located throughout the Carolinas. McPherson’s sales staff generated over $14,000,000 in sales revenue this year. The former president, Robert Satcher, was promoted in an executive position inside the Sister Company, […]

The Fair Tax: a primer

Conclusion: Summary of Fair Tax

The Fair Tax is a federal retail sales tax that replaces the entire federal income and Social Security tax systems, including personal, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security/Medicare, self–employment, and corporate taxes. The Fair Tax allows Americans to keep 100% of their paychecks (minus any state income taxes), ends corporate taxes and compliance costs hidden in the retail […]

Business briefs

By John Temple LigonHoliday travel tips include Charleston Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards recently announced San Francisco, Santa Fe, New York, and Charleston as the top four favorite travel destinations in the US. Florence is the European favorite, followed by Rome, Venice, and Paris. Good news for next year About 24% of US employers plan to increase hiring in […]

Blazer band member performs

The two families have already established a significant friendship built on the foundation of a common interest and commitment to music. Ousey’s travel buddy is also one of the ten South Carolinians heading to Pasadena. Ousey began his musical career in the sixth grade in an Augusta, GA middle school. At the time, he enjoyed the band but didn’t have […]

Governor Sanford says SC spends 30% more

One of Governor Sanford’s illustrations of SC wrongdoing is the percentage of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) dedicated to local and state government. The state GDP is the sum of all output produced by economic activity within the state. SC spends 11.3% of its GDP on local and state government, and the national average is 8.7%. If SC’s 11.3% […]