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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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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.
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.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info