The S.C. Board of Economic Advisors reported that state legislators have another $108 million in revenue they can spend. The money comes from a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline ($28 million) over its marketing of the drug Avandia and higher than expected lottery revenues ($80 million), according to The Associated Press.
Speaking of the lottery, The Associated Press reported earlier this week that some educators worry South Carolina's lottery-funded scholarships could be creating a perverse incentive, whereby high school students choose not to take the hardest classes for fear of losing their scholarships.
More than 240,000 South Carolina residents were still without power as of Friday morning, The Associated Press reported.
What are the roads looking like out there? So glad you asked: Here's the state Department of Transportation's rundown on conditions throughout South Carolina.
The University of South Carolina men's basketball team picked up a much-needed win against Vanderbilt. The team is 9-15 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.
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!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: