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Army Pvt. Robert Portee, Army Pvt. Breshae Bannister, Army Pvt. Tyisha Watson, Army Pvt. Kayla Byrd, and Army Pvt. Alexia Pena have graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson. Portee, a 2005 graduate of Richland Northeast High School, is the son of Connie Woods. Bannister, a 2014 graduate of Columbia High School, is the daughter of Janice and Michael Bannister. Watson, a 2013 graduate of Lower Richland High School, is the daughter of Tyrone Green and Victoria Watson. Byrd, a 2013 graduate of Dreher High School, is the daughter of Vivian and Kevin Byrd. Pena is the daughter of Cesar and Marisol Pena.

Air Force Airmana Gregory Rawls and Air Force Airman Fredrick Simmons have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Rawls, a 2015 graduate of Columbia High School, is the son of Jacquelin Sease and Gregory Rawls. Simmons, a 2013 graduate of Blythewood High School, is the son of Cynthia Freeman-Robinson.

NAIAvant has received the Adaptive Use Preservation Award from the Historic Columbia Foundation for its work on the DuPre Building. Built in 1919, the building was a design of prominent architect James B. Urguhart. It was a showroom for DuPre Auto Co., a dealer for Ford cars and Fordson tractors.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has received the Notable State Document Award.

Those who have been elected to the 2015- 2016 Therapy Place Board of Directors include Jeff Davis, president; Mary King, vice president; Jason Burkett, treasurer; and Lynn Robertson, secretary.

Tim Sease, executive vice president and director of South State Investment Services, has been selected as #2 on the list of 2015 Bank Investment Consultant Top Program Managers.

WelVista has received the 2015-2016 Public Service Award from the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands.

Abacus Planning Group has received the 2015 American Institute of Architects South Carolina Design Award for Adaptive Reuse/Renovation Merit.

Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina has received a grant for $7,200 from the UPS Foundation.

Mayor Steve Benjamin has been elected as president of the African American Mayor’s Association.

The Mental Illness Recovery Center has received CARF International accreditation for a period of three years for its community housing, community integration, and supported living programs.

Providence Northeast Family Care, Providence Inter nal Medi – cine Nor theast , Providence Internal Medicine Downtown, Providence Family Medicine Clemson Road, and Providence Family Medicine Heathwood have received Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Matthew Gerrald, with Barnes Alford, has graduated from the 2015 South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy.

Joseph Guido has been appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a three year term beginning in April 2015.

David Cuda, of Colliers International, has been elected president of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.

Chuck Gerald has joined Russell and Jeffcoat real estate.

Tim James, former councilman for the City of Cayce, has resigned from his seat on the city council.

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