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January 16, 2013 

Credit, debit cards may have been compromised at Zaxby’s

Zaxby’s has warned that suspicious computer files have been found at more than 100 of its locations in 10 states – including 16 in South Carolina. The Athens, Ga.-based restaurant firm says customers of those locations could be at risk for fraud. Zaxby’s Franchising Inc. said in a statement that the suspicious files may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information at the stores. A statement to customers from the company said Midlands-area locations affected include: 9840 Two Notch Road and 7713 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia and 3591 Saint Matthews Road in Orangeburg. Company officials say the issue involves malware files, which could have been used to export guest names and credit and debit card numbers. The company says it notified law enforcement of the potential criminal activity.

Refrigerator filter maker moving some operations from China to Clarendon Couty

A maker of replacement refrigerator filters for water and ice dispensers said Tuesday that it will move some of its operations from China to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarendon County, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Commerce. Swift Group of Industries, based in Vancoucer, British Columbia, will make an initial $3.5 million investment, with further investment planned later. The company expects to generate 60 new jobs. The company currently is hiring for a range of positions at the Manning plant, including mold makers, injection mold machine operators and assembly line workers. For jobs, send an email to marge.suri@gmail.com.

Broadway at the Beach nightclub bans smoking

A nightclub at the Broadway at the Beach complex in Myrtle Beach has banned smoking. The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reported that a spokesman for the complex says Crocodile Rocks is the first nightclub at the attraction to go smoke-free. Crocodile Rocks says it implemented the new policy earlier this month to prohibit smoking inside the dueling piano bar. Club spokesman Craig Smith says the company thinks the decision will make it more attractive. Smith says the club hosts parties and special events for all ages and wants to create an environment everyone can enjoy.

U.S. could lose top credit rating again in debt ceiling fight

The United States could lose its top credit rating for the second time from a leading agency if there’s a delay in raising the country’s debt ceiling, Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday. Congress has to increase the country’s debt limit, which effectively rules how much debt the U.S. can have, by the end of February or face a potential default, Fitch says. There are fears that the debate will descend into the sort of squabbling and political brinkmanship that marked the last effort to raise the ceiling in the summer of 2011. If Fitch does move to downgrade the US, it will join Standard & Poor’s, which was so concerned by the dysfunctional nature of the 2011 debate that it stripped the U.S. of its triple A rating for the first time in the country’s history.

Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Associated Press contributed.

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