Local & State
New Shaw AFB leader named
Brig. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, who has been selected for the grade of major general, will be the new commander of Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command, at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter.
Kelly is commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He replaces Maj. Gen. H.D. Polumbo Jr., who is retiring.
Kelly entered the Air Force in 1986, receiving his commission from the Air Force ROTC program at Southwest Texas State University, according to his official biography.
Kelly is a command pilot with more than 5,300 flying hours, including over 400 combat hours in fighter aircraft. He has served in operational units in the Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Combat Command, where he led combat missions over Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq in support of operations Deliberate Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Columbia boutique opens new location
Just the Thing, a family owned boutique in Columbia, will open a new location on Tuesday on Devine Street.
The store, originally based in Atlanta, has been in business for 25 years, 13 of those in Columbia. The new boutique is at at 2734 Devine St.
The new location will be a clothing and shoe boutique. The current location, at 2732 Devine St., will continue to sell jewelry, handbags, gifts and personalized items.
Nation & World
Chrysler recalls 703,000 vans, SUVs
Chrysler is recalling nearly 703,000 minivans and SUVs to replace faulty ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.
The company is warning people to remove everything but the ignition key from their key ring until repairs can be made.
The recall covers Dodge Journey SUVs and Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Caravan minivans from the 2008 through 2010 model years.
Chrysler says it will replace the switches, but parts won’t be available until April.
• In another milestone for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the venerable Dow Jones industrial average on March 19, the manager of the index announced Friday. The move isn’t likely to impact the 30-stock index much, and will have no effect on the fortunes of the two companies. But market experts say has symbolic importance.
• Coastal Carolina University will pay bonuses to faculty and staff if the school meets its goals for retaining students. The university’s board of trustees voted last week to fund an incentives program that includes $300,000 for employee bonuses if the school retains 68 percent of its freshman class. The current retention rate is 67 percent.
• North Carolina law compels winners of significant lottery prizes to reveal their identities, but a proposal in the legislature would keep that information confidential unless the winner says otherwise. While the N.C. Education Lottery opposes the measure, some players think it’s not such a bad idea.