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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: