Local and State News

FT Roundup: Richland Recreation Commission Says It Will Cooperate With Investigation

Plus, Bond Denied for Alleged Heathwood Home Invasion Suspect
By Chris Trainor | Thursday, August 25, 2016
A look at headlines in Columbia and elsewhere.
Local and State News

No Fare: Columbia Airport Boots Independent Taxi Drivers

By Eva Moore | Tuesday, August 23, 2016
On Aug. 15, the 12-member Richland-Lexington Airport Commission voted to award contracts for airport service to the area’s three biggest cab companies: Checker Yellow, Original Blue Ribbon and Capitol City Cab. The change takes effect Oct. 1.
Local and State News

S.C.’s Voter ID Law Confusing, Hard to Assess, Critics Say

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, August 24, 2016
A recent 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down a North Carolina voter identification law will likely have no effect on South Carolina’s 2011 voter ID law.
Local and State News

Despite Red Ink, City Keeps Ice Skating Rink Going

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Columbia City Council has decided to bring back a downtown ice skating rink for another season, despite the fact the city has lost more than $300,000 on the rink in the last four years.
Growth & Development

Main Street Gets 10,000 New Lights in Trees

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The City of Columbia and the City Center Partnership have collaborated on a project to install 10,000 decorative lights in trees in the 1200-1700 blocks of Main Street in downtown Columbia.
USC & Higher Education

USC Archaeologist Finds Evidence of 16th Century Spanish Fort

San Marcos, Missing for Centuries, Once Occupied SC Island
By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, August 10, 2016
After 20 years of searching, University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter has detected evidence of what was once a Spanish fort.
News. Brief.

Feds Begin Laying Out Roof Case

Plus: Gay Latta Police Chief Running for Dillon County Sheriff
By Free Times | Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof became “self-radicalized” in his beliefs in white supremacy before an African-American pastor and eight parishioners were killed last year, according to new federal court filings.

USC’s President Gets Pay Raise, New Bonuses

Harris Pastides Will Get Bonuses Each Year He Stays Past His 10-Year Anniversary in Office
By Rodney Welch | Friday, August 19, 4:14 pm
University of South Carolina trustees voted Friday to give USC President Harris Pastides a $100,000 raise as well as ongoing retention bonuses that kick in every year after his reaches his 10th anniversary in office.


City Watch

It’s Two Decades Too Late, But Good for DHEC

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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