Gustafson to manage F&M Bank in Bowman

Farmers & Merchants Bank of South Carolina in Bowman has named Kathleen “Katy” Thompson Gustafson as branch manager.

She is a native of Branchville and a 2008 graduate of Branchville High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lander University in 2012.

She began her employment at Farmers and Merchants Bank of South Carolina in 2013 as a part-time teller. She is married to Bruce Gustafson and they currently reside in Branchville.

Briggman S.C. Personnel Administrator of Year

CHARLESTON – Orangeburg native Bill Briggman was named 2018-19 S.C. Personnel Administrator of the Year during the South Carolina Association of School Administrators 2019 Personnel Winter Conference in Columbia.

Briggman is the son of Sheila and William Briggman Sr.

This statewide award is presented to a personnel director at the district level. The award recognizes involvement with regional or statewide SCASA educational issues, and the nominee's impact on improvement in his or her school district.

Vanessa P. Brown, principal of Baptist Hill Middle High School, nominated Briggman for the award.

Briggman has 27 years of experience in human resources and currently serves as the chief human resources officer of Charleston County School District.

Hallmon to manage outreach

Bamberg Legal LLC announced that Orangeburg native Anthony Hallmon is new deputy director of community outreach.

Hallmon will be managing the firm’s community outreach in Orangeburg County. He is a 2008 graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Claflin University. For the last three years, he has served the citizens of Orangeburg as an estate clerk for the Orangeburg County Probate Court.

Hallmon will be work to ensure that the law firm continues to offer grassroot support for community-oriented initiatives. He will be monitoring community calendars, attending community events on behalf of the firm in support of those hosting them, and working on youth development strategies.

Claflin ‘Shark Tank’ is Monday

Claflin University students will compete for cash prizes at the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition on Monday.

Developed in 2014, the competition is loosely modeled after the popular ABC television show "Shark Tank." It will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Grace T. Kennedy Building auditorium on the Claflin campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Claflin was one of the first schools in South Carolina to create a business plan competition resulting in market-ready products.

Cash prizes for the winners are:

  • First place - $5,000
  • Second place - $3,000
  • Third place - $1,250
  • Fourth place - $500
  • Fifth place - $300


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