Senate votes to remove flag; House gives 1st reading

The S.C. Senate has given third reading approval to a bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. (Photo/Ciapha Dennis)The Senate gave final approval to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds today when it voted 36-3 to approve third reading of bill S.897. The House also gave the bill, which would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, its first approval today and plans to give it second reading on Wednesday. Read More...

Morris Sokol Furniture closing after 94 years on Upper King Street

Morris Sokol opened the furniture store on Upper King Street in 1921, and his son Joe Sokol began working there in the early 1950s. Joe Sokol, who is now president of the company, is preparing to retire and close the three-story showroom. A final sale is scheduled to begin July 16.  Read More...

S.C.’s jobless rate in construction sector 2nd-highest in nation, report says

South Carolina moved from eighth-highest in April to second-highest in May at 9.8%, according to Associated Builders and Contractors. Its May rate was unchanged from April and 0.3 percentage points higher than in May 2014. Mississippi’s construction and unemployment rate was highest nationwide at 10.9%. Read More...

MWV completes merger, renamed to WestRock; land division remains

MWV is now WestRock Co. after the merger with RockTenn Co. closed July 1. The combined companies create a $16 billion packaging firm. MWV’s land division in Summerville will continue to operate the same way with the same leadership.  Read More...

Anonymous donors pledge $3 million to scholarship fund for Emanuel AME

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also an S.C. state senator, was one of nine people killed in shootings June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Photo/Emanuel AME Church)Anonymous donors have given at least $3 million to the Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit corporation registered in the state, to provide scholarships for members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting victims’ families. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and William M. Lewis Jr. will serve as the initial board members of the corporation. Read More...


On the Menu for July 7, 2015

CocktailPunchEventThe Cocktail Club will hold a Summer Punch Cocktail Class from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Cocktail Club’s creative development team — Jeremiah Schenzel, Matt Soeder and Ryan Welliver — will take guests step-by-step through the making of three recipes.  Read More...

Hot Properties for July 6, 2015

Jack V. Owens of Lee & Associates Charleston represented the buyers, 107 Brigade Street LLC, and NOMO Investment Partners II LLC, in the purchase of 5.87 acres of land on Romney Street in downtown Charleston for $4.28 million.  Read More...