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Boland named senior VP

South State Bank announced that Christi Boland has been named senior vice president, responsible for managing enterprise risk.

In her role, she leverages her nine years of experience to design, execute and maintain the enterprise risk management program for South State. Prior to this role, she served as the bank’s compensation manager.

A graduate of Converse College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Boland holds professional designations as a certified professional in human resources and a certified professional in the Society of Human Resources Management SHRM-CP.

A native of Orangeburg, Boland is based out of the South State Support Center in Columbia.

Century 21 honors two

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recognized two Orangeburg area sales affiliates with the Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award.

Jeannine Kees, broker/owner of Century 21 The Moore Group, recognized Tina Goddard and Janelle Mitchell.

"These Century 21 agents’ relentless pursuit of the extraordinary, and the standards they are setting in the market are helping to set us apart from the sea of sameness space in real estate," said Nick Bailey, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC.

The annual award is based on results from the Century Quality Service Survey, which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home.

Support for expanding high-speed internet

WASHINGTON -- Over 5,500 rural homes and businesses in South Carolina that are currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future.

These homes and businesses are in unserved areas of South Carolina eligible for financial support from the next phase of FCC’s Connect America Fund, which helps offset the high cost of extending broadband service into rural areas. The FCC will be distributing these funds through an innovative “reverse auction,” which is scheduled to launch on July 24.

Nationwide, providers will compete for up to $2 billion in support to expand access to broadband to nearly 1 million homes and locations in unserved rural areas over the next decade. The auction will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility broadband providers.

The application period for providers seeking to participate in the auction runs from March 19-30.

In Orangeburg County, 112 homes and business are in areas eligible for support from the auction. In Bamberg County, the total is 138, with six in Calhoun.

Loftis returns $33M to owners

COLUMBIA – S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the Unclaimed Property Program returned nearly $33 million in 2017, bringing the total amount of money returned during his administration to $137 million, more than all previous state treasurers combined.

“We may have paid back nearly $32.9 million last year, but we still have $550 million in funds waiting to be claimed,” Loftis said.

Visit to see if the treasurer’s office is holding unclaimed property for you or your family.


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