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Cover Story: The Best of South Carolina Music

FT Family - Life: Craig Melvin’s Christmas

Cover Story: What Columbia Needs, Vol. 2

City Watch: Runyan Makes Mockery of the Law, Fool of Himself

City Watch: Bringing Down Harrell Was Women’s Work


FT Roundup: Dead Horses Found in Laurens County

Drink of the Week: Towards Now at Motor Supply Co.

On Tap: Wear Bad Sweaters for a Good Cause

Editor's Picks

Growth & Development: Local Bike Co-Op Gets a Home

Local and State News: Solar Power Gets Boost with Net Metering Agreement

S.C. Authors, S.C. Books: One Dead Black Man — And Many

Special Sections

Holiday Guide 2014

Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Winter 2014-15

Events in Columbia

Chris Brown Breezes Through the Colonia Life Arena

R&B singer Chris Brown will forever be known as the guy who assaulted his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, back in 2009. But that’s not the only thing he’s famous for.

On The Cover

The Best of South Carolina Music

In 2014, Palmetto State acts released a variety of intriguing recordings. To take stock of these efforts, we consulted with tastemakers from across the state as well as Free Times’ regular music contributors, asking each of them to list their favorites.

News + Opinion

Police Chief, City Manager Make Play to Recruit, Retain Police Officers

The Columbia Police Department has trouble recruiting and retaining officers. The department currently has 45 vacant police officer positions, a number Chief Skip Holbrook calls “an unprecedented high.”
Growth & Development: Local Bike Co-Op Gets a Home

Music + Nightlife

Ryan Alexander’s Emotionally Charged DYEL Pushes Into New Territory

The album art for Whoever We Are, the new EP from Columbia band DYEL, is a warm and rosy photo of the shore at Folly Beach.

Food + Dining

Food Lang Syne

New Year’s resolutions have become so clichéd and trite that even resolving to not make any is just as tired.
Bite of the Week: Catfish Po Boy at Bourbon

Arts + Lifestyle

Abstract Artist Returns to Columbia as Up-And-Coming New Yorker

There was a bit of “Who’s On First?” happening last Thursday when it came to the opening reception for Watch Paint with Osamu Kobayashi at Gallery 80808.
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