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.
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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!
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!
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.
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