The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced this week that President and CEO Ike McLeese is stepping down from his duties at the end of the year to take a smaller role with the organization. McLeese, who's been with the Chamber for 19 years, has been recovering from a heart attack that he suffered in early September. His future role with the Chamber will be as a military affairs consultant. McLeese took over in 1994 when the Chamber was $3.8 million in debt and helped it regain its financial footing.
Small Columbia Bank Wins $2.7 Million in Federal Trial
Spartanburg-based First South Bank of Columbia was awarded $2.7 million in damages this week after suffering what it called “gross mismanagement and fraud” at the hands of Fifth Third Bank, a large institution headquartered in Cincinnati. First South and Fifth Third had been locked in a 10-day federal trial before the jury decided to side with the small South Carolina-based bank. First South had loaned $4 million to Fifth Third so that it could refinance a planned North Carolina residential subdivision. A jury found that Fifth Third committed fraud and breach of contract. First South was represented by Collins & Lacy.
State Gets Good Economic Report
After declining for three straight months, the South Carolina Leading Index rebounded in August, according to numbers released by the S.C. Department of Commerce. In what's a good sign for the Palmetto State economy, August’s index of leading economic indicators was 100.96, gaining 0.29 points. A value of 100 indicates improving economic conditions for the next three to six months. The uptick was attributed to a decline in claims for unemployment insurance, an increase in building permits and an average workweek increase to 40.9 hours.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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U.S. Security Associates
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Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info