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.
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.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: