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Posted: October 9, 2012 - 12:45pm

Local man named vice commander

James Holland, a retired Army officer from Aiken and member of The American Legion Post 212, was elected as national vice commander for the Southeast.

Holland was the South Carolina commander in 2008-09 and walked 332 miles across the state to raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund, according to a news release.

Master Buick GMC gets Torch Award

The Better Business Bureau awarded Master Buick GMC of Augusta the Torch Award.

The award “recognizes businesses in the CSRA that go above and beyond in serving their customers, suppliers, employees and communities,” according to a news release.

Chef’s showcase to benefit arts school

The Augusta Mini Theatre will have its 11th annual Alumni & Friends Chefs’ Showcase at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St., Augusta.

The event will feature food from 25 local restaurants, caterers and chefs including Villa Europa, Harvest Table Buffet, French Market Grille, Sconyers Bar-B-Que, DeShawn’s Seafood Restaurant, Wife Savers of North Augusta and Custom Cakes.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 for adults and $16 for students and children ages 18 and younger. Tickets or tables can be purchased at the Augusta Mini Theatre, 2548 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta; by calling (706) 722-0598; or at SunTrust Bank locations.

The mini theatre is also selling $5 raffle tickets for two tickets to the Atlanta Falcons versus Dallas Cowboys football game in Atlanta on Nov. 4. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the theater.

Transworld Business Advisors opens in Augusta

Kim Romaner recently opened Transworld Business Advisors in Augusta.

The business provides “services for business brokering, franchise consulting and franchise development,” according to a news release.

“Becoming a part of the Transworld family is a perfect complement to my business coaching and consulting practice,” Romaner said in a news release. “Now I can help people get into business for themselves, help them grow that business and then help them to sell the business profitably…”

Romaner founded Possibilities Amplified, Inc. in 2007, which is located in North Augusta. She can be reached at (866) 253-2772.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

The American Red Cross is encouraging people to participate in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes effort.

Through Dec. 7, people can create and send holiday cards for members of the military, veterans and their families. The cards should not contain monetary donations or care packages. Glitter and inserts should not be used with the cards, according to a news release.

The cards can be mailed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box. 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Once received, the cards will be screened prior to being sent to military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross of Augusta’s Youth Board will have a card making event on Oct. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. at their headquarters, 1322 Ellis St., Augusta. People can stop by and create holiday cards to send to Holiday Mail for Heroes. The activity is free and open to the public.

For more information and card requirements, visit redcross.org/holidaymail. For more information about the local event, call (706) 922-8490.

New Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan launched

The South Carolina State Treasurer’s office has created an improved Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, according to a news release.

The new plan’s expenses have dropped by 41 percent, it includes mutual funds from some of the country’s top investment managers and there are lower investment minimums.

There is no investment minimum for the direct plan. The advisor-sold plan investment minimum requirement has been lowered to $100 to open an account and $50 for subsequent contributions, the release stated.

Those participating in the plan have three investment options: age-based, target-allocation and single-funded.

For more information, visit www.futurescholar.com.

Trash or Treasure Appraisal Fair

Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism will hold a Trash or Treasure Appraisal Fair at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Kenny Clifford with Antique Liquidators will perform the appraisals. It is free to participate, but deadline to sign up is Thursday and is limited to the first 50 people.

The Aiken County Recreation Center is located at 917 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. For more information, call Tandra Cooks at (803) 663-6142.

Items being collected for those in need

Johnston United Methodist Church is collecting clothes, coats and blankets for the needy.

Drop off items between 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Thursday at the church, 471 Lee St., Johnston, or at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun St., Johnston, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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