Columbia City Council members will take up the baseball stadium issue at a meeting Tuesday, though it's unclear whether they'll vote on anything. Mayor Steve Benjamin has been making his final case for the city putting money toward a $42 million multi-use stadium at Bull Street. Councilwoman Leona Plaugh, meanwhile, weighed in against baseball, saying the deal is no good.
Nobody knows how much South Carolina has spent defending itself against a lawsuit brought by Occupy Columbia after the governor ousted its members from the State House grounds in 2011. According to the Charleston City Paper, "Haley's attorney, Kevin Hall of Columbia, declined to to say how much public money has been used to pay for the defense, and a state agency that covers the legal fees of public officials — the S.C. Insurance Reserve Fund — won't release financial documents related to the case."
Some South Carolina Democrats want to raise the minimum wage.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn asked his grandson to quit playing football because of the danger of traumatic brain injuries, The Hill reports.
South Carolina State University debuted a slick new $24.5 million science and math complex. Meanwhile, the school has just told the state it is more than $4.4 million in debt and "needs $13 million to pay bills and loans," according to the Associated Press. State Sen. Shane Massey, (R-Edgefield) is calling for an investigation into the university's finances.
More than two dozen people have applied to head up the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The post was left vacant when Ike McLeese stepped down last fall; he died shortly thereafter.
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.
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!
$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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: