Carolina Public Relations, a Charlotte public relations and marketing communications firm with Rock Hill ties, has merged with Chernoff Newman of Columbia.
With the merger Chernoff Newman will have offices in Charlotte, Charleston, and Orlando, Fla., and its headquarters in Columbia.
Carolina Public Relations’ principals Adam Bernstein and Louise Dixon will be part of the ownership team for the combined firm. Sig Huitt of Rock Hill, a founding partner of Carolina Public Relations, will continue as a senior counselor.
Carolina Public Relations will continue to operate under its current name and its existing office, 1017 East Morehead St. in Charlotte.
Founded in 1983, Carolina PR offers services such as news media relations, social media, crisis communications, marketing communications, corporate communications, employee communications and community relations.
Chernoff Newman was formed in 1971 and has experience in health care, energy, food and beverage, education and workforce development, retail, financial/insurance and issue management.
“Joining Chernoff Newman expands the breadth and depth of strategic communication counsel and creative services that we can deliver,” Adam Bernstein said. “Together, Carolina PR and Chernoff Newman are stronger, deeper and smarter.”
David Campbell, Chernoff Newman’s president and chief operating officer, said, “This gives us an established presence in the Carolinas’ largest market and one of the fastest growing regions
• Historic interpreter
has received the 2014Preserving Our Places in History Lifetime Achievement Award
from theSouth Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Wilson-Evans, an alumna of Winthrop University, and a former resident of Lancaster, has been reenacting the slave experience for more than two decades. She started at Historic Brattonsville in 1991 as a volunteer.
Wilson-Evans has played a number of slave roles, but the one that made her reputation is Kessie, one of 139 slaves on the Bratton plantation.
In 2010, Ms. Evans retired from Historic Brattonsville. She has traveled extensively in continuing her interpretation of enslaved African Americans and her storytelling in an effort to educate the public about the life of the slaves in South Carolina from pre-Revolutionary times through the Civil War era.
• The nonprofit faith-based ministryMy Father’s Choice
has expanded to Rock Hill providing temporary, transitional housing for men and women in need. My Father’s Choice now operates 12 drug-free houses in the Charlotte region.
Pastor Denise Smith-Lewis, founder and director of My Father’s Choice, said, “This expansion allows us to serve our South Carolina neighbors who have nowhere else to go. There just aren’t very many resources in the area for them.”
The nonprofit is collecting new and gently used blankets, bedsheets and towels for its new clients. Toiletries for men and women also are needed.
My Father’s Choice provides: continuing education, GED and ESL classes, vocational skills trainings, job search and resume writing help, health assessments, heart disease prevention and intervention sessions including exercise and nutrition; substance abuse education; and HIV education.
For information about My Father’s Choice go to: www.myfatherschoice.org.
, communications manager for theRock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
has earned the “Travel Marketing Professional” certification after completing a three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College.
Burris was one of 57 graduates recognized at the society’s spring meeting in Lexington, Ky.
The STS Marketing College is a professional development program that turns the facilities of University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga., into a laboratory to teach tourism marketing for one week each summer.
• ThePrint Shoppe
has moved to 2211 Ogden Road in Rock Hill. The move allows the shop to house more equipment and help with efficiency.
•Two Men and a Truck
of Rock Hill
recently re-opened at 114 Ebenezer Avenue to serve walk-in customers. Prior to the re-opening the location served only to dispatch moving crews.
As a full-service moving company, Two Men and a Truck offers local and long-distance moves. Full or partial packing and unpacking services are available. The location is managed by Brandon Silvers.
Boxes and packing supplies are sold at the store, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
, acertified manufacturing executive, has been named chief operating officer of InChem Corp., a custom and toll chemical manufacturer based in Rock Hill.
McCracken was previously global operations director for a major coatings manufacturer, where he was responsible for several industrial operations worldwide. McCracken has acquisition experience.
“As our company continues to grow nationally and internationally, including operations of three manufacturing plants in the Carolinas, we believe Jon can be a very valuable asset for our management team,” said Steve Crownshaw, InChem president. “We created this new position of COO to utilize his experience and capabilities.”
• TheWindy Hill Orchard & Cidery
of York again won medals at the annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. Windy Hill won a gold medal for its gala peach sweet cider, silver medals for its rusty gold cider and its Hopping Johnny dry hopped cider and its ginger gold cider.
The Orchard & Cidery will be open for tastings on Saturday and Sunday during April and May.
• Applications for the 2014-2015Youth Leadership York County
(YouLead) program are being accepted from sophomores and juniors at any York County high school. The youth leadership program, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of York County, is an eight-month long experience for students at both public and private schools. YouLead participants will meet local and state government officials, tour area businesses with local industry leaders, volunteer with York County service agencies and gain a greater understanding of the community that they call home.
Applications are available online at www.yorkcountychamber.com, on the Youth Leadership York County Facebook page (facebook.com/youleadyork), or through any Chamber of Commerce office in York County. Completed applications must be submitted to the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce by April 30.
For information on YouLead call the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce at 803-324-7500.
•Living Art Salon and Spa
held a ribbon cutting Friday at 1510 Onyx Ridge Road #105 in Rock Hill.
The salon has five hair stylist including owner Melissa Bennett Gray. The salon also offers nail and massage services in addition to the Esthetic services. The salon is open Monday - Saturday, but stylists and others at the salon have varied hours.