Midlands area people and achievements, May 26


The South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has honored South Carolina’s top public relations campaigns with Mercury Awards. Award winners include LRADAC and Lexington Medical Center, Lexington; and from Columbia, Chernoff Newman, Municipal Association of South Carolina, Davis Public Relations, S.C. Chamber of Commerce, SCANA Corp., The Carolina Agency and Palmetto Health Foundation.


For the second consecutive year, Robert W. Shealy Jr. of Lexington has been designated as a member of the Wells Fargo Advisors Premier Advisors Program.


Matt Montgomery has joined LCK in Columbia as project manager and will manage both green field developments and tenant improvements.


Midlands Technical College students Matthew Derrick and Shayla Smith have been named to South Carolina’s All-State Academic Team, which recognizes the scholarly achievements of students enrolled in community, technical and junior colleges.


Leadership South Carolina has announced its Class of 2013 graduates, which include Emily Brady, Joseph Davis Jr., Patti Embry-Tautenhan , Daniel Hamilton, Ariail Kirk, Barrie Kirk, Stuart Lee, Sue Maner, Shane Massey, Phil Midden, Henry Moore, Matthew Nichols, Russell Rushe , Keith Shah , Matt Stanton, Yarley Steedly, Emily Stowe, Stacy Thompson, Vicki Whichard , Scott Wilhide and Amanda Williams.

Lexington Town Councilwoman Kathy Maness has been appointed to the National League of Cities Strategic Plan Task Force.


Bradley Insurance Group, which represents Auto-Owners in Columbia, has been named one of the Top 10 growth agencies for the company in South Carolina for 2012.


U.S. News and Best Lawyers have named Columbia’s Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado a first-tier law firm in the Criminal Defense category.

Sheila M. Bias has joined Richardson, Plowden & Robinson as an associate attorney in the Columbia office.


Several Columbia companies have been named winners of the PICA Awards, which are given by the Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc. The winners include Carolina Letterpress Inc., Colonial Printing, Service Printing Co., Spectra Integration and USC Printing Services.

Richland Library has unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Eastover location. The 5,200-square-foot facility is located 20 miles southeast of Columbia at 608 Main St., Eastover.