Another shooting in Five Points rattled the city and prompted USC president Harris Pastides to write a letter explaining steps the university is taking to keep students safe, including reinstituting shuttle service between Five Points and campus. The victim, who was shot in the leg following an argument, appears to be doing OK.
Columbia police and fire officials shut down four bars over the weekend and warned several others about overcrowding, The State reports.
The USC women's basketball team lost to UNC over the weekend, ending its run in the NCAA tournament. The team finishes its year with a final record of 29-5.
Filing ended Sunday for South Carolina elections. Among the surprises: attorney Joe McCulloch wants a piece of Rep. Kirkman Finlay again; former state representative and circuit judge Tom Ervin of Greenville will challenge Gov. Nikki Haley in the GOP primary; and state Sen. Brad Hutto will face Democrat Jay Stamper in a primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Also, Morgan Bruce Reeves is running again on the United Citizens Party ticket, but that's not really a surprise.
Barring a few exceptions, today is the last day to sign up for Obamacare for 2014.
Irony: A 25-year-old man arrested for DUI over the weekend has a father who's a major supporter of Emma's Law, a pending bill that would increase breathalyzer-linked ignition lock requirement for those convicted of DUIs. Supporters of the law plan to rally at the State House Wednesday.
Whatcha doing this weekend? Oh, you know, just taking a Georgetown cop's cruiser and driving it to North Carolina.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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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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.
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.
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