The State’s Noelle Phillips keeps the revelations coming with another report on the FBI and SLED investigations into Columbia Police Department leadership. Sounds like interim Chief Ruben Santiago had trouble getting his story straight. Plus former chief Randy Scott was sleeping with subordinates.
The Post and Courier’s new State House correspondent Cynthia Roldan looks at an effort by Rep. Harold Mitchell to repeal South Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which has become a questionable legal defense for avoidable shooting casualties. Mitchell is trying to amend the law so that “Stand Your Ground” protections would apply only to a person on her property or at her place of business.
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) gives a thorough rundown of S.C. State University President Thomas Elzey’s trip to the State House yesterday, during which he had to field questions from lawmakers about his school’s financial woes while asking for $13.6 million to pay bills.
Daytona Beach cops say that the Berkeley County woman who drove her minivan into the Atlantic surf with her three children on Tuesday had been fretting over demons, according to The Associated Press. At least this isn’t quite Susan Smith all over again.
Former S.C. Superintendent of Education Jim Rex explains the circumstances that led him and then-Gov. Mark Sanford to sign on to now-controversial Common Core K-12 academic standards.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found 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.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
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