Will Boeing's Charleston plant unionize? That's the hope of the International Association of Machinists, which opened an office in North Charleston on March 14. “I think the workers there will come to understand the value of a union, when they’re putting together an airplane and making less money than counterparts who are making the same airplane model in Puget Sound," union president Tom Buffenbarger told the Puget Sound Business Journal. The union's office is a mile away from the plant and has five employees.
The City of Columbia has named William "Skip" Holbrook as new police chief. Holbrook, who most recently was police chief of Huntington, W. Va., steps into a politically charged situation marked by turmoil during the search for a chief and controversy over allegations surrounding the past two chiefs.
State Circuit Judge Robert Hood announced a Friday morning hearing in the ethics case of S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell. The high-profile case has drawn increased attention after The State reported that Harrell's attorneys had wanted a secret hearing in an effort to have state Attorney General Alan Wilson removed from the case.
The S.C. Senate Medical Affairs Committee approved a bill to allow the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy in children, The Associated Press reported, but supporters say the action taken — which would only allow the use of the oil in very limited clinical trials — is too narrow to help in most cases. "This is South Carolina, and we take baby steps," said Sen. Brad Hutto, an Orangeburg Democrat.
Under a bill passed by a state House subcommittee, drivers convicted of driving with an alcohol level of 0.15 or higher would be required to have ignition locks placed on their car; the special locks contain a breathalyzer that would keep drivers from starting their car if it detects alcohol. The subcommittee weakened the original bill, which called for ignition locks on anyone arrested (but not necessarily convicted) with a level of 0.12 or higher. The bill is called Emma's Law after a 6-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver.
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Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
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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.
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!
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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: