Entries by Meg Feagin

Chamber ambassadors expect Florence growth

By: Andrew Boardwine, Morning News FLORENCE, S.C. — Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce ambassadors from several organizations and businesses from around the area met Wednesday at Hotel Florence for a luncheon to kick off the 2018 year. The Chamber announced Zach Hearne of Signature Wealth Strategies as the 2017 Ambassador of the Year. “It’s humbling […]

First Reliance completes purchase of Independence National Bank

FLORENCE, S.C. — First Reliance Tuesday announced that it completed the acquisition of Greenville, South Carolina-based Independence National Bank. The combined company is expected to have approximately $550 million in assets, $370 million in gross loans, $440 million in deposits, 11 banking offices in South Carolina — including a branch in Myrtle Beach expected to […]

Chick-fil-A near mall in Florence is expanding

By: Andrew Boardwine, Morning News FLORENCE, S.C. — For more than five years, the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at Magnolia Mall has been pushing to become a full-service, sit-down restaurant. On Jan. 24, that vision became a reality. Last week, Chick-fil-A got approval to begin construction on a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant to be built across from the […]

Future Entrepreneurs Foundation cuts ribbon in Effingham

By:Andrew Boardwine, Morning News EFFINGHAM, S.C. — Nanaefua Eshun believes investing in the lives of youth today will result in stronger and better leadership tomorrow. Eshun, the president and chief executive officer of Future Entrepreneurs Foundation, joined ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon cutting for the organization on Tuesday […]

Greater Pee Dee Realtor Association holds ribbon cutting

By: Andrew Boardwine FLORENCE, S.C. — The Greater Pee Dee Realtor Association’s motto for 2018 is “it’s a new day.” The association kicked off the new year by joining ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning. Keon Jordan-Aldrich, president of the realtor association at 1375 Celebration […]

Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School cuts ribbon for a new building

By: Rebecca Cross DARLINGTON, S.C. – Construction is complete for a new academic building and dining hall at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. Representatives from the school’s board of trustees, First Reliance Bank, Hunter Builders and Munnerlyn Architects participated in a ribbon cutting on Wednesday evening at the school. Dr. William Naso, chairman of the Trinity-Byrnes Board […]