Business Notebook

August 6, 2013 

Local & State

Midlands

Accounting firm acquires another firm

Columbia accounting firm Derrick, Stubbs & Stith has acquired the public accounting practice of Frankie and Karen Dial, who retired from the firm of Dial, Hite & Associates of Lexington in May. Under the acquisition, JoAnn Hebda, formerly with Dial, Hite, & Associates, has joined Derrick Stubbs as a familiar face for transitioning clients. The Dials also will remain as part of the transition team through the end of the year. The firm will offer clients the same services, as well as a range of new services and expertise, Derrick Stubbs managing partner David Masters said.

Remodeled Kroger on Two Notch reopens Wednesday

Kroger will reopen its newly renovated store at 10136 Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland County at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The store, which opened in 1997, has been undergoing a remodel since January. Customers can expect layout changes, including a relocated pharmacy for added convenience and an enhanced and expanded deli and bakery area. The store also will feature new self-checkout lanes, new décor and renovated bathrooms.

Coast

Charleston School of Law graduates get own lawyers

Lawyers who graduated from Charleston School of Law are lawyering up. The school’s Alumni Board has hired Charleston lawyer Peter Wilborn to represent the group as it struggles to learn more about the school’s possible sale to InfiLaw System, a for-profit company that owns three other law schools. Charleston School of Law leaders late last month announced that they had entered into a management services agreement with InfiLaw; such arrangements sometimes are the first step in a sale. Since then, law school leaders and InfiLaw representatives have refused to answer questions about whether a sale is in the works. John Robinson, president of the Alumni Board, said the group will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Charleston Music Hall. He had hoped law school leaders would attend to address graduates’ fears that a sale to InfiLaw would diminish the value of their degrees. Robert Carr, one of the school’s founders and a member of its board, said in an email to alumni that he would not attend.

Nation & World

Amazon founder is buying

The Washington Post

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million. The longtime publisher, The Washington Post Co., announced the deal Monday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Amazon.com Inc. is not involved. Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a “uniquely good new owner.” He said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges. The company, which owns the Kaplan education business and several TV stations, will change its name but didn’t say what the new name will be.

Kristy Eppley Rupon, The (Charleston) Post and Courier and The Associated Press contributed.

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