Originally created 01/18/98

Business briefs



Coastal Directories of Savannah announced that it has acquired four telephone directory markets from MAST Publishing and Advertising, Spring Hill, Tenn. The newly acquired South Carolina markets are: Anderson, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Barnwell/Allendale. The acquisition will bring a local company with a proven track record to these markets, which will in turn bring better service and a better product.

Coastal Directories has been in the telephone directory publishing business for four years. They currently publish directories in Savannah, Augusta and Aiken. 1998 will bring the opening of the Hilton Head, S.C., and the Greenwood, S.C., markets, a total of 34 employees and with nine directories a total circulation of 700,000.

The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the following 1998 officers and directors: J. Pat Timmerman, chairman; David Jones, vice-chairman; Abram Serotta, treasurer; Carolyn Usry, secretary; and Moses Todd, Ulmer Bridges, , Abram Serotta, B.J. Blackwood, David Jones, Michael Jones, L. Keith Claussen, Darryl Leech and Jim Whitehead to the board of directors.

The Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will prepare basic federal and state income tax returns free of charge in Augusta. VITA serves low income, elderly, non-English speaking, and disabled persons.

The following Augusta VITA sites will offer free tax assistance Feb. 7 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Augusta State University, Markert Building, Room 11, 2500 Walton Way; Augusta Tech, 3116 Deans Bridge Road; Bi-Lo food store, 3449 Peach Orchard Road; Boys Club, 1903 Division St.; IRS office, 2743 Perimeter Parkway, Building 200; Regency Mall, 1700 Gordon Highway; Augusta Urban Ministries, 303 Hale St.

To help VITA volunteers prepare your return properly, please bring the following items to the site: last year's tax return, W-2 forms, any tax forms/packages received in the mail, social security numbers for individuals on the return, interest statements, and any other documents required to file your 1997 return. For further information call IRS' Taxpayer Education office at (404) 331-3808.

The Internal Revenue Service and the American Association of Retired Persons' Tax-Aide/Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program are looking for volunteers.

Volunteers are trained by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns free of charge. Generally, volunteers help taxpayers who are 60 or older in banks, libraries, malls, senior centers and other public areas. The program also educates volunteers on federal tax law.

For information, call the IRS taxpayer education office at (404) 331-3808.

The Biz Briefs column is a free public service listing of The Augusta Chronicle. Information, typewritten, about businesses and organizations should be received no later than noon Tuesday. Please send items to The Augusta Chronicle, Biz Briefs, Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903; bring them by the News Building at 725 Broad St. in Augusta; or send a fax to (706) 722-7403. Include a contact name and telephone number.