As forecast, the Midlands are blanketed with snow and ice Wednesday, with the forecast showing plenty more ice on the way. State troopers are asking drivers to stay off the roads. There've already been plenty of accidents, many of them single-car sliding episodes. If you do have to drive, though, here's the state Department of Transportation's road conditions website. (As of 8:30 a.m., it lists all major highways as covered with snow and ice.) The rest of the day could bring ice accumulations of 1/2 to 1 inch, which would mean downed branches and power outages as the day progresses. The Comet bus system is shut down. Amtrak is shut down across the Southeast. City, county and state offices are shut down. Schools are shut down. You get the idea.
As a result of the weather, this week's Free Times might not be in its customary rack as early as we'd like. Downtown boxes are stocked, but papers to outlying areas will be delivered when conditions allow. (But here you are on the website, so it's OK!)
Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Tuesday that allows concealed weapon permit holders to carry their guns into bars and restaurants, unless the business owners post a sign banning it. The signing actually drew some last-minute protests. Here's a story we wrote on how bars and signmakers are preparing for the law. Haley also said she supports a so-called Constitutional Carry law, under which people could carry guns, concealed or otherwise, without a permit or training.
WIS takes a look at the IT security improvements the state has made since a massive hacking of the Department of Revenue two years ago. Bottom line: It's better, but not great.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: