DHEC official: S.C. likely to meet clean air standard

Brian Barnes of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (Photo by Bill Poovey)

A state environmental agency official told the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee that areas of South Carolina outside the Charlotte region will likely be in compliance with new federal clean air standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make the change Oct. 1. Read More...

The GSA Business Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Each event is a moderated panel discussion with panelists and audience members. Video clips from recent events:


  • Economic Prosperity - Key economic developers from the Upstate gathered to discuss their progress in getting outside companies to locate here.  (August 7th, 2014)

  • Taking Flight - Aerospace executives discussed one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina.  (October 9th, 2014)

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Ponzi receiver seeks $1.2M from ex-Anderson County administrator

The court-appointed receiver in an Upstate Ponzi scheme that duped hundreds of investors is seeking a $1.2 million repayment from former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston. A court petition trying to recover money in the Atlantic Bullion and Coin Inc. case gives Preston 30 days to say why he shouldn’t repay “ill-gotten monies.” Read More...

Greer Bancshares reports profit for 2014, deposits slip 3%

Greer State Bank holding company Greer Bancshares Inc. reported 2014 net income attributable to common shareholders of $3.03 million, compared with net income of $8.21 million in the prior-year period. In the same period, total deposits decreased 3.16%, from $253 million to $245 million, and checking and savings deposits increased by 4.8%. Read More...

Poll: Upstate votes itself worst of the worst drivers

More than half of respondents to this week’s GSA reader poll rated the Upstate as having the worst drivers in South Carolina. The Lowcountry came in a distant second with less than 18% of the vote. Read More...

7-year bank fraud scheme gets 6-year prison sentence

A 62-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and environmental charges as owner of a rivet company in Anderson County has been sentenced to six years in prison. A psychiatric report said she was guided by “unusual perceptions, maybe delusional.” Read More...


Mauldin-based Ob Hospitalist Group opening 6 new programs

Ob Hospitalist Group, started by a physician and his brother in Mauldin, has continued expanding nationally with the opening of six programs providing board-certified OB-GYN physicians at hospitals. The private company has grown to about 500 employees. Read More...

S.C. jobless rate falls in December as more people find work

The unemployment rate in December dropped to 6.5%, down from November’s rate of 6.7%. Meanwhile, the number of South Carolinians holding down a job rose by 7,243 people to a record of 2,058,657. Read More...