U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford tells the Associated Press he's changed since his earlier days in Congress, and now works harder to understand other people's positions. The former South Carolina governor and former representative returned to Washington after winning a special election in 2013.
For the next few days it is going to be extremely cold.
The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at the potential impact of a massive potato farm along the Edisto River after environmentalists lodged a complaint.
Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan is the new chair of the city's Finance, Audit and Budget Committee. He talked to The State about his plans. Among them: Reintroducing the idea of Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott managing the city's police department, an idea several of his colleagues panned; and a freeze on all general fund budget increases except for police, fire and 911 services. Runyan also reminded us of former Councilman Kirkman Finlay III when he said, "I’m going to do everything I can to make them fiscally responsible,” of his budget suggestions to council. “If they aren’t, then, yeah, I may vote against the budget.”
City Council hired a consultant to do a feasibility study of bringing minor-league baseball back to Columbia. Surprise, surprise: The study [that's a PDF file], which was released late Friday, gives the idea a thumbs-up.
A circuit court judge denied an appeal by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina to expand its lawsuit against the Diocese of South Carolina. The latter group split from the national Episcopal Church over its support for gay marriage, among other theological issues. The national church is accusing the Diocese of South Carolina of conspiring to leave the church and take assets with them. Indeed, new court documents show the splinter group may have been planning to split from the national church as far back as 2005.
Some Richland County residents will get new recycling rollcarts this week.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info