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I’m afraid you still haven’t closed the DIV properly (see right after </article>):

    <!-- Section -->
    <section id="blue-panel">
    <!-- Wrapper -->
    <div class="wrapper container_16" id="content">
    <div class="columns col2 container">

            <div class="column first">
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            <div class="column last">
                <img src="//"/>

        <!-- Article -->
        <article id="post-25" class="post-25 page type-page status-publish hentry">

            <br class="clear">

        <!-- /Article -->

        <!-- ******** THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO ADD A CLOSING </div> !!!!!!! ******** -->

    <!-- /Wrapper -->

    <!-- /Section -->
    <section id="gray-panel">
    <a class="blue-link scroll" scrollTo="gray-panel" href="#"></a>
        <div class="wrapper-1000">

If you start using IE-only code you’re setting yourself up for more trouble. What you basically do then, is fix one of your coding errors by adding an (IE8-only) solution.

Fix the code properly, don’t patch it with IE8-only code just because the error is only visible in IE8.