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.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
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.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: