Unemployment Rate Up Statewide, Down Locally

Also: Secretary of State Issues $1 Million Fine
By Dan Cook | Wednesday, October 22, 9:26 am
The unemployment rate declined to 6.8 percent in Richland County (from 7 percent) and to 5.4 percent in Lexington County (from 5.8 percent).

Haley Still Leading Sheheen in Polls

Plus, Republican House Candidate Compares Gay People to "Gremlins"
By Chris Trainor | Tuesday, October 21, 8:59 am
A look at what's going on in Columbia and across the Palmetto State.

USC Scores Collection of Crime Writer Elmore Leonard

By Rodney Welch | Thursday, October 16, 9:03 am
At a Wednesday ceremony at Hollings Library, USC President Harris Pastides announced that the university had acquired the complete archive of Leonard, who died in August of last year at 87.

2014 Elections Coverage

News. Brief.

Haley Pulls Further Ahead

Plus: Joe Wilson Warns of Ebola-Infected Terrorists
By Free Times | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Incumbent Republican Gov. Nikki Haley is ahead of Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen by a whopping 20 points in a poll commissioned by The Post and Courier and several TV stations and released Oct. 20.
Local and State News

Who Wants to Be Lieutenant Governor, Anyway?

Bakari Sellers and Henry McMaster Vying for S.C.'s No. 2 Office
By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The lieutenant governor’s race in South Carolina is a study in contrast.
Local and State News

South Carolina 2014 Elections

A roundup of this season's election coverage — so far
By Free Times | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Free Times 2014 election coverage.
Local and State News

Superintendent of Education Race Flies Under the Radar

By Amanda Coyne | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
All three candidates for South Carolina’s superintendent of education are cautiously optimistic with less than two weeks left in the campaign.
Local and State News

Two S.C. Same-Sex Marriage Cases Now Pending in Federal Court

By Eva Moore | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The march toward same-sex marriage in South Carolina took a new turn last week, bringing another federal judge and another pair of plaintiffs into the mix.
Local and State News

A Biden Boost? For Dems, It’s All About Turnout

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
There is little question South Carolina is still a red state.
Growth & Development

Council Eyes Redesign of Roy Lynch Park

“Child Safe Zone” Rears Head Again
By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
In recent months, tiny Roy Lynch Park has been the topic of much discussion during Columbia City Council meetings.
USC & Higher Education

From Paganism to Prudery: How Christianity Changed Sex

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
What impact has Christianity had on sex for the last 2,000 years?
Lexington News Briefs

Cayce Council Votes to Give Itself Pay Raises

Plus, Irmo Bookkeeper Sentenced to 87 Months
By Al Dozier | Friday, October 17, 2014
News from the Lexington County area
Business. Brief.

IT-ology to Hold Conference on the Internet of Things

Plus: SCE&G Receives Negative Rating
By Xavier Edwards | Thursday, October 9, 2014
IT-oLogy will host research firm Gartner Inc. on Nov. 6.
City Watch

Not Since Strom, Not This Year

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sound Off

Keeping Shining That Light, Free Times

Plus: Letter Writer Lacks Credibility on Guns
By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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