The state House and Senate both passed a bill that would demolish the Budget and Control Board and create a cabinet Department of Administration. The long-hoped-for reforms, though less than some had hoped for, would fundamentally change the way South Carolina's government operates, giving more executive authority to the governor and more oversight power to the Legislature. Haley has supported a Department of Administration in the past, but it remains to be seen whether she'll sign the current bill.
Columbia City Council took some tentative steps Tuesday toward bringing minor-league baseball to Columbia, voting 5-2 to begin formal negotiations and information gathering about a stadium at Bull Street. The vote came near the end of a six-hour public hearing, at which a majority of the speakers told Council they're none too psyched about paying for a stadium.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin gave the State of the City address Tuesday night, and though you might have been expecting him to say the state of the city is "strong," or maybe "sound," Benjamin opted for, "You ask, 'What is the State of our City?' and I say 'We shine.'” Among the plans the mayor rolled out in the speech: building a new baseball stadium; generating more property tax revenues; launching an initiative to help African-American boys succeed; and more.
Gov. Nikki Haley gives the State of the State address tonight at 7 p.m. Watch it on SCETV.
A Clarendon County court is holding a hearing into whether 14-year-old George Stinney got a fair trial 70 years year ago before being executed for murder.
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
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!
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.
$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.
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: