A South Carolina textile family dynasty is the focus of this multigeneration novel set in the 1950s to 1980s. A smart and ambitious working-class man marries into a Southern society family, and there are plenty of passions and secrets as the years go by. The story is set against the beginning of the decline of the American textile industry. This is Claud’s first novel, but she has spent three decades writing for magazines and newspapers. She lives on the border of North and South Carolina.
Zero the Lock Dog: A Tale of the Canal du Midi
Author: Jean Marcel
Publisher: RoseDog Books
When a golden retriever puppy is born with only three legs, the owner, a lock keeper on the 150-mile-long Canal du Midi in southern France, figures the pup is worthless, hence his name: Zero. But the dog becomes a source of comfort and joy for those whose lives he touches. The author is from Aiken and became interested in the history of the canal and its lock dogs. The author’s profits will be donated to the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
The Closer I Get: The Escape
Author: Latoya Coppedge
Publisher: LSDV Productions
This is the second in a series of novels about a teenager in California named Roxanna, who is on her own and struggling to find her way in life. Mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel, she finds herself in a dangerous world of money, sex, drugs and murder. The first volume of the series, The Closer I Get, was published last year. The author lives in Columbia.
Tales of Indifference: An Anthology of Sultry, Secretive & Simplistic Short Stories
Author: Tracey Girlz
The Columbia author’s short stories cover a wide range of topics: love, friendship, mental illness, road rage, military connections, suicide and commitment. She works in inspirational, entertainment and empowerment services.
Just Jackie: A Teacher’s Memoir
Author: Jacqueline Miller Carmichael
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
The Columbia author is a retired educator, and in this book she shares her teaching legacy and encourages readers to renew their skills as they strive toward their personal and occupational calling.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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