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.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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