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West Columbia Grows as Neighbors Vote for Annexation

By Al Dozier | Wednesday, July 27, 1:57 pm
The population of West Columbia grew by about 10 percent July 26 as voters approved the annexation of a mile-square area with several neighborhoods.
FT Roundup

Ballpark Digest Hails Fireflies’ Stadium as Park of the Year

Plus, Benjamin Makes Speech at DNC
By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 27, 9:16 am
A look at headlines in Columbia and around the world.
FT Roundup

Benjamin Sits With Bill Clinton on First Night of DNC

Plus, Bond Denied for Man Accused of Double Murder at Lake Murray Bar
By Chris Trainor | Tuesday, July 26, 8:50 am
A look at what's in the news in the Midlands and elsewhere.
FT Roundup

Democratic National Convention Kicks Off, Features Benjamin, Others from S.C.

Plus, Corrosive Water in Midlands Raises Lead Risk in Small Water Systems
By Eva Moore | Monday, July 25, 8:59 am
The day's news from Columbia, S.C.
Nibbles and Sips

Primal Gourmet Brings Approachable Paleo Food to the Midlands

By April Blake | Sunday, July 24, 10:44 pm
Tucked back in a small shopping center in Irmo is an unassuming shop that has people stopping by on and off throughout the day, emerging with bulging black plastic bags. They are coming from Primal Gourmet, one of the only paleo-specific restaurants in the Midlands.
Nibbles and Sips

Ally and Eloise Bakeshop Opening Downtown Space

By Eva Moore | Saturday, July 23, 12:33 pm
The beloved Forest Acres bakery Ally and Eloise is opening a "bakery closet" just off Main Street.
The Playlist

Album of the Week: Boris’ Pink (Deluxe Edition)

Masterpiece of Droning Psych-Rock, Metal and Classic Rock Boogie Gets Expanded Reissue
By Bryan C. Reed | Friday, July 22, 10:45 am
The Japanese trio’s masterful balance of drone and dynamic, blown-out noise and bold melody, blunt-force and intricate subtlety is sublime.
FT Roundup

Trump Gives “Strikingly Dark” Acceptance Speech at RNC

Plus, NBA Flushes Charlotte All-Star Plans Over HB-2
By Chris Trainor | Friday, July 22, 9:12 am
A look at headlines in the Midlands and elsewhere.
Nibbles and Sips

The Casual Pint Opens in the Vista

By Eva Moore | Friday, July 22, 9:03 am
Columbia's latest entry in the bar-and-bottle-shop category open July 22 in The Vista.
Tales from the Script

Americans Love to Shoot Each Other in The Purge: Election Year

By James Scott | Thursday, July 21, 3:15 pm
Once you try to justify a mythological concept, it can't help but lose some of its impact.
This Just In

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.
Tales from the Script

Plenty of Spirit, Not So Much Soul, in Rebooted Ghostbusters

By James Scott | Thursday, July 21, 12:00 pm
There's a single factor I believe is largely responsible for Ghostbusters' longevity, and it's not proton packs.
FT Roundup

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.
This Just In

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.
The Playlist

Nickelodeon Theater to Host First S.C. Screening of Toro Y Moi Concert Film

Toro Y Moi: Live From Trona Plays on Aug. 4
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, July 20, 9:50 am
A great thing about a town the size of Columbia, is that the community really embraces the local musicians from who attain greater success. Case in point: Toro Y Moi, the constantly shifting, typically danceable outlet of California-via-Columbia artist Chaz Bundick.
FT Roundup

Henry McMaster Seconds Trump’s Nomination at RNC

Plus, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers Love Nikki Haley
By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 20, 9:11 am
The day's news from Columbia, S.C.
FT Roundup

Three More Richland County EMS Workers Depart After Social Media Posts

Plus, City Wants to Delay Bull Street Parking Garage Construction
By Chris Trainor | Tuesday, July 19, 8:50 am
A look at news in Richland County and elsewhere.
This Just In

D.C. Chef with Columbia Ties Opening Restaurant at Dianne’s Site

Longtime dining-scene staple gets new life three years after closing with menu featuring “French meets Southern” cuisine
By Andy Shain | Monday, July 18, 9:59 am
Three years after Columbia staple Dianne’s on Devine closed, Russell Jones, a Columbia native who spent the past 12 years cooking in Washington, D.C. restaurants, is returning home to open Tallulah at the same spot.
The Playlist

Interview: Hillsong UNITED

July 18 at Colonial Life Arena
By Jordan Lawrence | Monday, July 18, 9:53 am
To get a little context on the group’s existence as a worship band, Free Times conducted an email interview with Jonathon Douglass, one of Hillsong UNITED’s leaders.
FT Roundup

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.
Nibbles and Sips

Pokemon Go is Even Getting Into Your Food

Catch 'em all and catch lunch at the same time
By April Blake | Friday, July 15, 8:30 pm
People are milling around a lot more than they really should be at this time of year in Columbia, flocking to historical sites, restaurants, bars, and even their own carports in search of the magical Pikachu and his digital pals. Local restaurants and bars are getting in on the action as they’ve seen more people coming in with their phone held in the air, capturing Pokemon.

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