Columbia Free Times

Concealed Weapons Permit Applications in S.C. Double in Three Years

Plus, S.C. Baseball Manager to Be Focus of Probe
By Eva Moore | Tuesday, July 22, 9:56 am
News roundup from Columbia, S.C.

Judge Rules Attorney General Must Make James Brown Estate Records Public

Plus, State Senator Will Propose Laws to Fix Anti-Transparency Rulings
By Eva Moore | Monday, July 21, 10:46 am
Morning roundup: Transparency Edition
Sound Off

Funeral Consumers, Beware

By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
On behalf of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina, I’d like to thank Rodney Welch and Free Times for calling attention to our most recent survey of funeral prices in the Columbia area (News, The Volatile Price of Dying,” July 9).
News. Brief.

Columbia Baseball Future Gets Clearer

Plus: T-Rav Signs on for Another Season of Reality Show
By Free Times | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Savannah Sand Gnats will play another season in Savannah, and the City of Savannah took some initial steps last week toward building a new stadium for the team — though after the 2015 season, things are still up in the air.
Local and State News

Small-Town Governments 
Have Big Battles

West Columbia, Chapin Voters to Have Chance 
to Change Government
By Al Dozier | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
West Columbia and Chapin council meetings used to be friendly community gatherings with that small-town flavor.
Local and State News

Penny Tax Road Projects to Finally Get Underway Next Year

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Richland County residents will begin seeing the results next year of a 1 percent sales tax that took effect in 2013, as road improvements around the Midlands are scheduled to begin construction.
Local and State News

Attorney General Wins One Round of Court Battle Against House Speaker

By Corey Hutchins | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
South Carolina’s highest court last week ruled that Attorney General Alan Wilson can continue his state grand jury investigation into House Speaker Bobby Harrell of Charleston.
Growth & Development

Uber Launches in Columbia, 
But State Agency Says It’s Illegal

By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Popular Transportation Service Debuts in S.C., Threatens Taxi Market
Lexington News Briefs

Council Sets West Columbia Strong Mayor Vote for Sept. 30

Plus, Lexington Elections Chairman Resigns in Protest of Penny Tax Ballot
By Al Dozier | Friday, July 18, 2014
News roundup from Lexington-area governments
Business. Brief.

Startups Pitch at Main Street Tech Event

Main Street Hopping as Conference, First Thursday Happen Simultaneously
By Dan Cook | Friday, May 2, 2014
City Watch

Feds Should Indict Benjamin — Or He Should Sue Them

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
State House Report

Ask This More Often: “Is It Fair to All Concerned?”

By Andy Brack | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Lighter Side
Crime Blotter

North Columbia Man Tattoos Teens

Plus: 16-Year-Old Lexington Boy Steals Computer, Cokes
Rant & Rave

Sure, Coupons Are Nice, But Shut Up Already

Plus: Do Witches and Ghosts Really Exist?
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Featured Messages

Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:

Il Giorgione
 Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063

Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

West Columbia

100 State St., 803-791-3443
West Columbia

The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

The Vista, Columbia

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