South Carolina households rank low in financial security, according to a new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development; it found 47.3% of South Carolina households are "in a persistent state of financial insecurity," placing the state 47th out of 50 states, and "the number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s level of 47.2%." Not only that, but "state policies are doing little to improve the financial security of South Carolinians."
Soon, it might not make as much sense to fly out of Charlotte rather than Columbia, as parking fees at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport are set to rise by up to 50 percent. Parking at CLT has long been a better deal than at other regional airports.
The Atlantic profiles South Carolina's Governor's School for Arts and Humanities.
Hospitals in South Carolina lag behind in getting newborn blood samples to labs for testing, The State reports. The tests look for "a variety of potentially deadly conditions that occur in about one in every 800 babies." It's unclear whether the slow testing has affected any babies' health outcomes.
South Carolina State University did not follow its own policy in handling an on-campus shooting last week, WIS finds — particularly in that it did not notify students and lock down campus immediately after the shooting.
A South Carolina company that makes protective window coverings has apologized for sending a marketing email to Connecticut school administrators featuring a police photo of the shot-out front of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
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 Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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.
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!
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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: