In Brief

Comporium adds security contract

Comporium Communications recently announced that Wilkes Telecommunications has entered a contract for Comporium's Security Dealer Program.

Located in the North Carolina Piedmont, Wilkes is a cooperative with more than 11,000 access lines. In addition to local and long-distance telephone, they also offer Internet service. Comporium will provide Wilkes with security system services for its customers.

Supported by industry leaders Honeywell and ADI, the Comporium Security Dealer Program is designed to deliver products, services, advertising and pricing to security dealers.

Comporium received recognition as the second top security dealer based on sales growth in 2007.

Arthur State Bank to celebrate 75 years

Arthur State Bank in Rock Hill will celebrate the bank's 75th anniversary Friday with a customer appreciation day and drawing for a flat panel TV and other items.

Arthur State Bank was founded April 1, 1933, in Union by Gen. Harry Arthur and continues to operate in the same location today. Since 1933, the bank has grown to 24 branches in South Carolina

The Rock Hill office of Arthur State Bank, located at 201 S. Herlong Ave., has been open since February 2004.

ZaLu's pet boutique adds grooming service

ZaLu's pet boutique has added groomer Anita Freedom to its staff.

Freeman, a native of Rock Hill, brings 17 years of grooming experience to the pet store, which also offers do-it-yourself dog bathing and sells a variety of pet accessories. Grooming hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call (803) 981-9258 to make an appointment.

ZaLu's is located in the Shiland Hills Shopping Center behind Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts off Celanese Boulevard in Rock Hill. ZaLu's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Rock Hill IAAP chapter to meet Tuesday

The Rock Hill area Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a program titled, "We've Got to Stop Meeting Like This."

Speaker Sara Hancock will discuss how to effectively facilitate group meetings. The meeting will be at the School of the Deaf and the Blind, Midlands Outreach Center, 197 Piedmont Blvd., Suite 202.

All administrative and office professionals are encouraged to participate. More information is available by e-mailing Debi Burt, membership chair, at or visiting the Web site sc/iaap-rock-hill.

S.C. exports rise 21 percent in 2007

CHARLESTON -- Exports from South Carolina increased more than 21 percent last year, in large part because a weaker dollar is making American goods more attractive to foreign buyers, officials said Tuesday.

The state Commerce Department and State Ports Authority reported that $16.5 billion worth of goods were exported in 2007, with cars, machinery and plastics leading the list.

"The weak dollar has benefited us as a state, and this would be a reflection of that," Commerce spokeswoman Kara Borie said.

Clarke Thompson, international department manager for the Commerce Department, said the numbers reflect exports of goods made in South Carolina, but not necessarily shipped through the state's ports.

Germany has replaced Canada as South Carolina's top export market. Last year, the state exported more than $3.7 billion in products to Germany, an increase of 80 percent from the previous year -- an increase Thompson attributed to the German automaker with its U.S. operations here.

Raycom Media closes deal to buy WBTV

Raycom Media officially acquired heritage Charlotte TV station WBTV on Tuesday and installed 30-year broadcast veteran Nick Simonette as vice president and general manager.

Simonette -- formerly general manager of the Raycom's Baton Rouge, La., station, WAFB -- replaces Mary MacMillan, who has held the WBTV position since July 1998.

Simonette, 55, a native of New Orleans, met with the Channel 3 staff and told them he realized there would be some culture shock in working for a broadcasting company. Since going on the air in 1949 as the first TV station in the Carolinas, WBTV was owned by insurance and financial services firms, first Jefferson Standard, later Jefferson Pilot, and Philadelphia-based Lincoln Financial.

"I think it's actually going to be good for them," Simonette said. "I've worked for several major broadcast corporations in my career, and Raycom is by far the best to work for. They get it."

-- The Charlotte Observer