Fireflies see ways for minor league team to succeed

Picture2In minor league baseball, the teams have an affiliation with a big-league club but are owned by somebody else and run locally. Baseball can be played on any diamond, but it takes the right stadium to make money in today’s minor league baseball.

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State to withhold Richland County’s Penny Tax revenues

1456771658-penny-tax-logo_thumbRick Reames, director of the S.C. Department of Revenue, said his agency would stop making allocations because the Richland County Council has not implemented a “common uniform standard” to ensure tax money is being spent solely on transportation projects as required by state law. Council Chairman Torrey Rush said current construction projects “will continue to move forward as planned” and that the county would work to resolve the problem. Read More...

Lightning victim’s family sues Columbia airport, airlines

After sitting in the plane for more than 30 minutes, Sonya Dockett and the other passengers were ordered to deplane as a line of thunderstorms approached Columbia Metropolitan Airport. She was struck by lightning while running across the tarmac toward the concourse and died Aug. 5 of injuries, according to a lawsuit filed in Lexington County.

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Aflac earnings climb 10.2% in Q1

A stronger yen/dollar exchange rate helped revenues climb 4.3% to $5.5 billion during the first quarter of 2016 compared with $5.2 billion in the first quarter of 2015, the company reported. Aflac employs 1,000 people at its Group Insurance Operations in Columbia.  Read More...

Commerce launches online hub for state’s tech community

innovation hub screen shot - CopyThe Innovation Hub, a creation of the agency’s Office of Innovation, offers individuals and businesses in the technology sector a place to find resources and connect with one another, according to a S.C. Commerce Department press release. In addition, the site allows registered users to post news stories, events and other information, the agency said. Read More...


SCANA sees earnings decrease in Q1 results

Cayce-based energy provider says a milder-than-expected winter contributed to the dip from 2015 numbers, which also reflect profit from the sale of two subsidiaries. SCANA subsidiary SCE&G also experiences earnings decrease but sees uptick in both electrical and natural gas customers for the first quarter.  Read More...

Security Federal earnings up 15.3% in Q1

The Aiken-based bank company, which has locations in Columbia, Ballentine, Lexington and West Columbia, said earnings rose primarily because of an increase in net interest income combined with a decrease in non-interest expense. Read More...