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.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: