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Stone Brewing Not Coming to S.C.

Plus, Gov. Haley OK's 202 More Social Services Caseworkers
By Eva Moore
Monday, July 28, 2014 |

Craft brewer Stone Brewing is not coming to South Carolina or North Carolina, according to the Triad City Beat. South Carolina passed a much-discussed, much-heralded overhaul of its brewery law earlier this year in hopes of wooing the major brewer to Lexington. Stone is planning to expand its operations, building an east-of-the-Mississippi facility; it’s now narrowed the list to Ohio and Virginia.

Gov. Nikki Haley will grant the Department of Social Services’ request for 202 more caseworkers to ease caseloads at the troubled agency, The State reported Friday. That’s a 25 percent increase in staff; it would cost $10 million.

All that black smoke in West Columbia Sunday evening was a major fire at a furniture store on Meeting Street.

The rabble-rousing Kim Murphy, a former member of the Lexington-Richland 5 school board, is trying to regain a seat on the board, The State reports. She was booted off it last year when leaders decided she actually lived in Lexington County, not Richland County, and thus could no longer serve as a Richland County representative. Filing for school board seats runs Aug. 1-15.

The Associated Press spoke with Thomas Elzey, president of S.C. State University, which has had some high-profile money problems of late, and whose former board chair was just convicted on public corruption charges. Elzey says things are now on the right track. Among the points of note: that S.C. State was unprepared for the recession, which damaged the school’s finances; and that the school just passed a balanced budget for next year that trims administrative expenses. Not trimmed? The $50,000 bonus Elzey was awarded by the school’s board last month.

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