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.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
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Real Estate Spotlight
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