Business In Brief - October 17, 2007

Guynn Savage to speak on growth today

FORT MILL -- Carolina Business Leaders is hosting Fort Mill Town Councilwoman Guynn Savage as guest speaker this morning.

The title of her presentation is "Territorial with Good Intent: City Growth and Annexation Issues." The talk will be 7:45 a.m. at Ida Roselle's, 235 Main St. For more information, contact Carolina Business Leaders president Ben Link at (704) 442-3417 or e-mail him at

Chamber's after hours event to be Thursday

TEGA CAY -- DR Horton Homes will host the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly business after hours event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its High Rock Model Home located at 405 Halyard Lane.

All chamber members are invited to attend the beach-themed after hours networking event. RSVPs are not required to attend the event. For more information, call Trina Ricks at the chamber at (803) 324-7500.

Lake Wylie chamber to host business after golf

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will host business after golf at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Hills Country Club.

The event is sponsored by First Properties of the Carolinas, Haselden, Owen & Boloyan, Lake Wylie Pilot, McGee Enterprises, River Hills Country Club, Wachovia and Watson Insurance.

Fort Mill fitness center to have ribbon-cutting

FORT MILL -- Anytime Fitness will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Thursday at 855 Gold Hill Road, Suite 103.

Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour health and fitness center that opened in January. Refreshments will be provided at Thursday's event, sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (803) 802-9091 or visit

Economic development is Lancaster chamber topic

LANCASTER -- Ronnie Bryant of the Charlotte Regional Partnership and Keith Tunnell of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. will be guest speakers at Thursday's "Third Thursday" membership meeting for the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

The free meeting will begin at 8 a.m., and the discussion topic will be economic development in Lancaster County. This meeting, as well as November and December's meeting, will be held at the city of Lancaster offices, in the Council Chambers. Parking is available across the street from the building. All chamber members are encouraged to attend. Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

For more details, call the chamber office at (803) 283-4105.

Advantage Inspection opens Rock Hill franchise

Advantage Inspection home inspection company has added a Rock Hill franchise to the parent company's network.

After more than 20 years as Sherlock Homes Inspection Service, new franchisees Bill and Ellen Kay have joined Advantage Inspection. The name of the new business will be Advantage Inspection-Sherlock Homes and will continue to serve both Carolinas.

Advantage Inspection-Sherlock Homes will celebrate its grand reopening throughout the month of October. The office telephone number remains (803) 366-7337. For the Charlotte area, call (704) 337-2864.

Roger Taylor named pediatrics chair at USC

Rock Hill native Roger Caughman Taylor, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and named senior medical director of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.

Taylor, the son of Wilma Taylor and the late B.R. "Bo" Taylor of Rock Hill, began his career with Rock Hill Pediatrics after graduating from the USC School of Medicine in 1983. The Presbyterian College alum is a 1975 graduate of Northwestern High School.

Home loans available through state program

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority's Board of Commissioners announces the availability of $82.3 million for qualified South Carolina homebuyers.

These funds, in response to a tumultuous housing market, are offered at fixed, below market interest rates. In addition, this loan issue offers a one-time waiver of the authority's first-time homebuyer requirement for discharged veterans in Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Greenwood, Greenville, Lancaster, Lexington, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg and York counties. Veterans discharged from military, naval or air service with any type of discharge, other than dishonorable, may qualify.

The loans offer qualified borrowers three-tiered rates based on income, size of family and the county in which the house is located. These loans are available through a statewide network of participating lenders, credit unions and brokers.

For more information, visit the authority's Web site at or call 1-800-432-5007 or (803) 896-9508.

Scripps to spin off newspapers business

CINCINNATI -- Media company E.W. Scripps, searching to capitalize on its fast-growing cable and Internet-based businesses, said Tuesday it plans to split its stagnant newspaper business into a separate company.

Scripps signaled in January that it planned to focus on its growing businesses and might sell or spin off its newspaper operations. Scripps' television stations would be part of the newspaper company, which some analysts have labeled "old media" business.

McClatchy's profits drop sharply in third quarter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Blaming the continuing slump in advertising, The McClatchy Co. reported another drop in profits Tuesday and said it will record a non-cash charge that will depress profits even more.

Sacramento-based McClatchy, which owns 31 daily newspapers including The Herald, The (Columbia) State, the (Myrtle Beach) Sun News, the (Hilton Head) Island Packet, the Beaufort Gazette, the Charlotte Observer and the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer in the Carolinas, said earnings for the third quarter totaled $23.5 million, or 29 cents a share, down from $51.8 million, or 64 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 9.8 percent to $540.3 million.