Business In Brief - July 12, 2007

Prudential employee gets award for volunteer work

Vickie Kessinger of Prudential Carolinas Realty's Rock Hill office has won a Prudential CARES Volunteer grant from Prudential Financial. The program annually awards grants to charitable causes that sales associates volunteer their time and money to.

Prudential CARES distributes more than $450,000 each year nationally.

Kessinger was awarded a $1,000 volunteer grant for the Children's Attention Home Society of Rock Hill. She has supported the organization for more than six years and has served on the board since 2002, volunteering more than 375 hours last year alone.

Prudential Carolinas Realty is a full-service residential real estate firm that offers residential real estate, mortgages, title insurance, relocation services and more.

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Palmetto Fresh Market to hold ribbon-cutting

YORK -- Palmetto Fresh Market, 1724 Old York Road, will hold a ribbon-cutting 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The store sells Boars Head products as well as homemade sausage and slaw, barbecue sauces, salsa, soups and cobbler mixes. They also have a butcher to cut meat to order. A lunch counter is available for dining.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. The phone number is 684-9932.

The Greater York Chamber of Commerce will assist with ribbon-cutting.

United Way has brochure for laid-off employees

In response to recent layoffs affecting York County residents, United Way of York County has developed an informational brochure, "Another Door Opens," to assist employees through the employment transition. The brochure includes local health and human services information, job-finding tips and services provided by the South Carolina Onestop office in Rock Hill.

Brochures can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed by calling United Way's office at 324-2735 or e-mailing a request to The brochure also is available for download on the United Way's Web site at

United Way identifies community needs, facilitates collaboration and maximizes resources to impact the York County community. For more information about United Way, call 324-2735 or visit their Web site.

Carolina Sports to hold grand opening

Carolina Sports has opened a store in the Rock Hill Galleria, across from American Eagle, and will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21. Carolina Panthers' mascots, Sir Purr and Big Daddy Purr, will be at the store for photos and autographs. Free gifts will be given.

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First National announces growth for the quarter

First National Bancshares, the bank holding company for First National Bank of the South, announced earnings of $1.64 million and earnings per diluted share of 37 cents for the six months ended June 30.

Net income for the quarter was $792,000, or 18 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $904,000, or 20 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year, according to a written statement from the company.

The company reported assets $554.9 million as of June 30, an increase of $169.2 million or 43.9 percent compared to last year. Total loans increased 38.2 percent, and deposits were up 43.4 percent.

First National Bancshares was incorporated in 1999 to conduct general banking business through its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, First National Bank of the South. The banking division operates six full-service branches in Spartanburg County, Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Greenville. First National operates loan production offices in Columbia, Daniel Island and Rock Hill.