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Jan. 25 - SC Judge bars government from working on seismic permits during shutdown

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 25, 2019 - A federal judge has barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling the confusion the government created by recalling workers to process oil-drilling matters while, at the same time, not funding federal lawyers to respond to opponents in court.

Judge Richard Mark Gergel issued an order on Jan. 18 effectively saying that the government could not have it both ways. His ruling concerned a Justice Department request for a pause -- or stay -- in a legal request by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to join a lawsuit filed by 16 South Carolina coastal cities and a group of conservation organizations.

Government lawyers said they could not properly respond to Wilson’s request because of the shutdown. However, Wilson noted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had issued a directive for workers to keep processing a variety of matters needed to move forward with oil drilling. That set up an unfair situation, Wilson argued, of allowing the government to move forward on a controversial project while also sidestepping legal challenges. 

Judge Gergel granted the government’s request for a stay, but told federal lawyers the seismic permitting could not move forward during the shutdown and for the time it takes the Court to rule on Wilson’s motion. 

Practically, that means the case over the seismic permits will be on hold for the duration of the shutdown plus as many as 18 additional days to hear Wilson’s motion to intervene.

“The government was trying to have its cake and eat it too, and we’re pleased the Court did not allow that to happen,” said Laura Cantral, executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, one of the groups suing to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic. “This is an issue of critical importance to the coast, and one that must be handled openly, transparently, and fairly. This ruling will allow that to happen, and that is good for all concerned.” 

The lawsuit was filed in Charleston Federal Court in December by several conservation organizations including SELC, CCL, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Surfrider, and One Hundred Miles. Sixteen South Carolina coastal municipalities filed a separate suit, and the two have since been merged. 

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Jan. 10 - Peacock Subaru and Palmetto Animal League Featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 10, 2019 - Peacock Subaru will be featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV on Super Bowl Sunday, giving national recognition to some of the adoptable pups under the care of the Palmetto Animal League.

Animal Planet crews were in the area in December, filming puppies, ranging in age from 3 to 6 months old, at the dealership and also at PAL’s facilities. That footage is going to be incorporated into vignettes that will air as commercial messages for Subaru during Puppy Bowl XV. Peacock Subaru was selected for the spots by Subaru Of America because of its involvement with local animal welfare organizations.

In celebration of the event, Peacock Subaru will hold a Puppy Bowl Watch Party before the Super Bowl, complete with tailgating refreshments provided by One Hot Mama’s and music from co-host 104.9 The Surf. The party gets underway on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2:30-5 p.m. at the dealership, 111 Drivers Way in Hardeeville at the Peacock Auto Mall.

The Palmetto Animal League will bring adoptable dogs to join the party, so you could leave the event with a new furry family member. Supported solely by individual donors and compassionate “Partners in Rescue” like Peacock Subaru, PAL’s no-kill shelter serves as a temporary residence for approximately 200 dogs and cats while they wait to find a loving home.

Donations will be accepted for this animal welfare organization at the event. Already got your dog? Bring ’em along with you; this party is BYOD (“Bring Your Own Dog”).

“It’s an incredibly touching moment when an adopter falls in love with an animal at our shelter,” explains Amy Campanini, Palmetto Animal League President. “That’s the Hail Mary of animal rescue.”

The Puppy Bowl began as a goofy project that grew into a fun cultural icon. Animal Planet, a cable network focused solely on animal-themed shows, confronted the question of what to program against the Super Bowl with a tongue-in-cheek mock football game featuring puppies playing on a gridiron-marked rug. The idea caught on and now attracts millions of viewers. Since its inception, the program has starred adoptable puppy “players” and has since added kitten “cheerleaders” and other looking-for-a-home pets.

“We are honored to be featured on a national level based on our local efforts at Peacock Subaru," said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Helping homeless animals is something all of us at Peacock Subaru care about, as many of us have rescue pets of our own. Any opportunity to support these animals and the people helping them is a win in our book.”

This year’s telecast will be the fifteenth annual version of the Puppy Bowl. Subaru is a national sponsor of Puppy Bowl XV. For more information, visit the Peacock Subaru website.

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Oct. 16 - Frampton Construction recognized as one of the state’s fasting growing companies

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 16, 2018 - Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, and construction services, has been named a recipient of the 2018 SC 25 Fasting Growing Companies award. The firm ranked third on the list.

Now in its 17th year, the competition recognizes the achievements of top-performing private and publicly-owned companies that have contributed to South Carolina's economy through exceptional increases in revenues and employment.

A statewide luncheon was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 10 to honor this year’s recipients. Jeff Moore, Volvo’s vice president of manufacturing Americas and plant manager for Volvo’s new plant in Charleston, S.C., delivered the keynote address.

“We’re thrilled with this honor and humbled by the growth and success we have had over the years, especially these last several. We are proud of our team and grateful to be a part of this thriving Lowcountry community that we call home,” commented Chad Frampton, president and CEO of Frampton Construction. 

The SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies competition was founded as a way to honor the state's most dynamic businesses and their contributions to the state's economic vitality. It is a part of the SC Business Awards program, presented by The Capital Corporation, and co-sponsored by Integrated Media Publishing (publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and Charleston Business Magazine), BDO USA LLP, PNC Bank, Keenan Suggs | HUB, and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP.

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Dec. 12 - Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 12, 2018 - Peacock Automotive recently held the second annual “Santa’s Workshop” Christmas Event.

“Centered around our family-first values, this Santa’s Workshop has become an annual event for the Peacock Automotive family,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We look forward to bringing Christmas cheer to families in the Lowcountry, and we always receive more joy than we give."

Families enjoyed gingerbread cookie decorating and Christmas caroling with local musician David Ross, as well as a hot chocolate bar and hot dogs. Santa Claus was available for photos. The event was free and open to the public.

There was also a toy collection drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, which operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties with more than 2,200 members ages six to 18 years. Wish-list items included children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large-piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

For more information, please visit www.peacockautomall.com or Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/PeacockAutoMall/.

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