Following Firefighter Firings, City to Strengthen Social Media Policy

Plus, Cruz Punks Trump
By Chris Trainor | Thursday, July 21, 8:57 am
A look at headlines in South Carolina and elsewhere.

Three Police Officers Killed in Baton Rouge

Plus, Consolidated Richland-Columbia Government Getting Fresh Attention
By Eva Moore | Monday, July 18, 9:02 am
The day's news from Columbia, S.C.

USC Charging New $250 Fee for Greek Members

Money would cover meeting facility and parking garage, but fraternity leader fears rising costs will hurt recruitment
By Andy Shain | Thursday, July 21, 12:03 pm
The University of South Carolina will start charging most fraternity and sorority members on campus $250 a year to pay for building a new meeting facility and parking garage, but a Greek leader fears the new fee could hurt recruitment.

Haley’s Office Can Use Free USC Football Tickets and Suite, But Only for State Business

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 20, 4:02 pm
The University of South Carolina can continue to give season football tickets and use of a suite at Williams-Brice Stadium to the office of Gov. Nikki Haley, but the state Ethics Commission has modified its opinion the permissible use of the tickets.
News. Brief.

Number of Syrian Refugees in S.C. About to Double

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Twenty-two Syrian refugees have been resettled in South Carolina, according to The Post and Courier.
Local and State News

Supreme Court Decision Gives Dems a Rare High-Profile ‘Win’ in SC

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
When the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a July 13 ruling in the long-simmering showdown between state Attorney General Alan Wilson and First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, it was significant on a couple of fronts.
Local and State News

Mayor Touts $4 Million Being Made Available for Homebuyers

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The City of Columbia is throwing its support behind a program that will make more than $4 million available to help Midlands residents make down payments on buying homes.
Local and State News

Rec Commission Mum After Legislators Express Concerns

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Some members of the Richland County Legislative Delegation continue to rattle the cage of the embattled Richland County Recreation Commission.
Local and State News

Slick New Coroner’s Facility Offers Services for Dead and Living

By David Travis Bland | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Death smells a lot like new carpet, judging by the brand spanking new headquarters of the Richland County Coroner’s office, headed by Gary Watts, which officially opened its doors July 14.
Growth & Development

With New Projects, Downtown Columbia Grows Sideways

By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
With a modern apartment tower planned for Assembly, and a newly announced renovation of historic buildings along Taylor and Sumter streets, downtown Columbia’s growth is expanding beyond Main Street.


Sound Off

College Police Chief Shows Little Respect

Plus: Why Asking About Black-On-Black Crime is ‘Inhumane’
By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
City Watch

If That’s Nettles’ Story, He Owes Benjamin an Apology

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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