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Posted: June 18, 2014 - 8:17am
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Amanda Israel
Amanda Israel

Meybohm awards

Sallie Dubay was the May sales leader for Meybohm Realtors in North Augusta.

The top listing agent for May was Amanda Israel.

New deputy site manager at SRS knows the position

A Savannah River Site official serving six months in an interim position was named deputy manager of the site.

Terry Spears served as acting deputy before his appointment, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Energy. He will be responsible for $1 billion in annual operating and construction activities.

Spears has more than 35 years experience working for the Energy Department and Department of Defense. He previously served as assistant manager for waste disposition projects.

MOX contractor donates $57,000 for child care

The contractor for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site raised more than $57,000 for a nonprofit child care organization in Aiken, according to a news release.

Shaw Areva MOX Services donated the money to Children’s Place Inc., which provides social services for at-risk children and families. The company raised it by holding events, including a golf tournament and celebrity waiter night.

The contribution was the largest single donation ever raised by the company.

Free Wi-Fi access will be coming to downtown Aiken

A $4.5 million initiative by At­lan­tic Broadband soon will bring free Internet access to downtown Aiken.

The initiative, known as “FastForward Aiken,” is expected to provide free Wi-Fi to an area bounded by Park Avenue and Barnwell, Greenville and York streets, according to an Atlantic Broadband news release.

About 200 businesses in the area will be able to offer Internet speeds up to 5 megabits per second when the service starts in July.

“Whether it’s posting on social media platforms, shopping online or checking e-mails when they are out and about, we know that having 24/7 access to Wi-Fi is more important than ever before,” Sam McGill, the vice president and general manager of Atlantic Broadband, said in the release.

Augusta ATV moves across river to North Augusta site

A golf cart and utility vehicle business has moved from Augusta across the river to North Augusta.

Augusta ATV relocated June 3 to a larger space at 16 Rest Master Lane, off Edgefield Road. The business formerly operated from a warehouse at 2325 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta.

At 15,000 square feet, the new showroom is more than twice as large as the old shop, said store manager Joe Judson.

Having a larger facility was the main motivator behind the move, Judson said.

“We’ve got everything inside now,” he said.

Augusta ATV is a full-service sales and rental business that specializes in new and used E-Z-GO and Bad Boy Buggies products. The company also rebuilds E-Z-GO vehicles.

Augusta ATV has six employees and is likely to hire more, Judson said.

First Citizens of NC will be buying First Citizens in SC

First Citizens Bank of North Carolina is buying First Citizens Bank and Trust in South Carolina.

The agreement by the Raleigh bank and the Columbia bank is technically a merger, valued between $637 million and $676 million.

Raleigh’s First Citizens is a publicly traded bank, but the Holding family owns a controlling interest. The Holding family also owns a controlling interest in the South Carolina bank.

The Raleigh bank’s chairman and CEO, Frank Holding Jr., will lead the combined operations.

Jim Apple, chairman and CEO of the South Carolina bank, plans to retire once the deal is completed, which is likely in the fall.

“Our similar cultures, values and business philosophies make this transaction a natural fit,” Holding said in a prepared statement.

The South Carolina bank’s branches are in South Carolina and Georgia. The Raleigh-based bank also has offices in Georgia.

Spokeswoman Angela English said there is little overlap in branch locations. First Citizens has several locations in the metro area.

English said the merger could benefit customers by giving them a broader network of branches and ATMs, and a more comprehensive range of products and services.

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