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.
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.
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.
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!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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U.S. Security Associates
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Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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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.
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.
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