Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The state NAACP chapter holds its annual King Day at the Dome rally, which begins with a march from a Washington Street church to the State House, with the rally beginning at 10:15 a.m. Other events continue throughout the day; see our event listings for information.
Pit bull owners marched their dogs around the State House Sunday to raise awareness as Columbia City Council discusses restrictions on the breed. The idea floated at a recent Council meeting would require the city's Animal Services division to charge a higher registration fee for unaltered pit bulls than it does for other dogs.
South Carolina may be at the bottom of a lot of lists, but it leads the nation in workplace immigration enforcement. "South Carolina is the gold standard, if you believe in a lot of enforcement. ... They spent a lot of money to set up a separate infrastructure and did a very effective enforcement of their workplace stuff," the head of an employer lobbying group told McClatchy.
Some Columbia City Council members are none too impressed with the feasibility study they commissioned to help them decide whether to build a minor-league baseball stadium. Now, local policy analyst and baseball fan John Ruoff has weighed in: "You really didn’t need to pay someone $47,000 to answer the question: 'If a city the size of Columbia builds a nice enough ballpark for her, can a minor league operator make money on an A level team?' The answer is always 'Yes' if the deal is sweet enough." Council hosts a public hearing Tuesday at noon on the baseball question.
If you hear some war-related noises over the next few days, fear not: It's just a highly secretive training exercise being carried out in Lower Richland County in conjunction with North Carolina's Ft. Bragg. According to the sheriff's department, “Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordinance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel." So, you know, relax.
This week sees Columbia's State of the City address (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) and South Carolina's State of the State address (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
Here's a report, with video, of a UFO sighting in the Lowcountry.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
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.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: