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Interview: Hip-Hop Event The Message Looks to Raise Awareness About Mental Illness

By Michael Spawn | Thursday, July 24, 11:59 am
Friday at the Earlewood Park Community Center
Ahead of the concert, Free Times spoke with Mandy Medlock, director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mid-Carolina and one of the event’s organizers, about its origins and what message it’s meant to send.
This Just In

DSS Needs 200 New Case Workers to Curb Problems

Also: Voters Not Happy with General Assembly
By Dan Cook | Thursday, July 24, 9:39 am
Agency says it needs more workers to address shortcomings in handling child welfare issues.
FT Happenings

Brett Favre; Robert Newton Memorial; Steely Dan

What's happening in Columbia SC? A lot, and FT Happenings helps you sort it out.
By Free Times | Wednesday, July 23, 10:52 pm
What's happening in Columbia SC? A lot, and FT Happenings helps you sort it out.
The Side Line

The Internet Asked Stephen Garcia Anything. Here’s What We Learned.

Former Gamecock quarterback participates in Reddit free-for-all, says funny things.
By Patrick Wall | Wednesday, July 23, 9:33 am
Former Gamecock quarterback participates in Reddit free-for-all, says funny things.
This Just In

Homeless Receiving Services Spikes in Columbia Area

Also: Sheheen Releases Road Plan, Republicans Praise Obamacare Ruling
By Dan Cook | Wednesday, July 23, 9:23 am
The number of homeless people — or those on on the verge of homelessness — receiving services in Columbia has spiked in the past few years, with 7,000 served by local agencies in fiscal year 2013-14, up from 2,652 in 2010.
The Playlist

The Whig Starts Local Music Listening Series

Kicks Off Tonight with a Preview of Dear Blanca's New LP
By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, July 23, 9:18 am
Beloved Columbia dive bar The Whig launches its local music listening party, aimed at increasing awareness of the community’s robust music scene. The weekly series starts tonight with a preview of Pobrecito, the new album from Dear Blanca.
This Just In

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.
Nibbles and Sips

No Pigs Allowed

By Xavier Edwards | Monday, July 21, 2:57 pm
Festival favorite banned from future events
This Just In

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
This Just In

Online Extra: Free Times Music Podcast

By Xavier Edwards | Monday, July 21, 10:29 am
Cracked Rear View, North Elementary, Fork & Spoon compilation
Arts Beat

Poet Nikky Finney Keynote Speaker at Statewide Arts Conference

Also: Indie Grits Awarded Our Town Grant, ETV wins New York Festival Award
By Amanda Ladymon | Sunday, July 20, 9:26 pm
South Carolina native and Award-winning poet Nikky Finney is the keynote speaker at the Statewide Arts Conference to be held on Sept. 18. Since 2013, Finney is the chair of John H. Bennett, Jr. Southern Literature and Creative Writing at USC. Her fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry.
This Just In

Attorney: Mayor Asked Ethics Commission If He Should Report Florida Trip

In Letter to Ethics Commission, Benjamin's Attorney Makes Case that Trip Was "Personal Business"
By Eva Moore | Sunday, July 20, 5:28 pm
In a letter to the state Ethics Commission, an attorney for Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin claims the mayor twice consulted commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood about whether he should report a 2010 trip to Florida as a gift, and was told he didn’t need to.
Tales from the Script

Once Again, Bloodthirsty Americans Target Each Other in “The Purge: Anarchy”

By James Scott | Saturday, July 19, 5:56 pm
A holiday on which Americans can legally kill each other becomes more popular than Christmas.
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