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 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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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