Tax refund anticipation checks on decline

Although national data shows more Americans looking to defer income tax filing fees, often through costly payment advances, many local preparers say they haven't noticed area taxpayers express interest in such programs.
By Jenna Martin

Food industry asks farms to breed no-horn cows

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.
By David Pitt

Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

CONCORD, N.H. - There is broad agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that natural gas could be a short-term answer. But how to do so is a challenge. 
By Rik Stevens

On The Money: Home appraisal comes in below your sales price, now what?

Housing market trends bode well for sellers this spring, but some may encounter hurdles even after they land a buyer.
By Alex Veiga

Smart Spending: From the venue to the menu, how to save on wedding food

You can save a bundle on wedding food if you're willing to be flexible on these items.

Smallbiz Small Talk: Bosses can't get even when staffers gripe on social media

NEW YORK — Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Of Mutual Interest: Muni bond returns to be more muted

After a stellar 2014, municipal-bond mutual funds are likely to offer more moderate returns.
By Stan Choe

Car service demand booms during Masters Week

Sporting events bring in the most business for Anthony Jones' local car service company, and Masters Week tops the list.
By Jenna Martin

From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

From Starbucks to Lululemon, a look at corporate missteps and their impact.
By Mae Anderson

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cuttings from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Final Cut store reopening in Augusta

Closed for about a month, the Final Cut outlet store will return in a former furniture store building at Washington and Furys Ferry roads.
By Jenna Martin

Restaurant inspections

Search databases of the latest restaurant inspection reports for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

On The Move

On The Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honor people and businesses that get awards, earn certifications or become appointed to civic boards.
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Pearl the obese dog gradually losing weight

After six months in the care of DNA rescue and through a careful rehabilitation program, Pearl has lost 15.7 pounds, down from the 76.5 she weighed when she was found as a stray on Kensington ...
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