Sen. Joel Lourie called on the governor to fire Department of Social Services director Lillian Koller yesterday, saying the director has “has violated state statues and endangered the lives of children in DSS care.” Koller told senators last week that her agency’s doing pretty well, and refused to resign.
A hearing is set for next week in the grand jury investigation of whether House Speaker Bobby Harrell improperly used his position to benefit his company and used campaign funds for personal use. Harrell’s attorneys tell the Post and Courier they’ll ask the circuit judge to rule that Harrell should be investigated by a panel of House members instead of by the grand jury. But a key reason the Harrell investigation was taken up by the attorney general and forwarded to a grand jury in the first place was out of fear that, as speaker, Harrell wields too much influence over the House Ethics Committee.
An audit by a Michigan firm called Funston Advisory Services has found the state’s pension agency “doesn't overpay in investment fees but rather reports those fees more thoroughly than any other public pension fund in the nation,” according to the Post and Courier. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has spent years arguing the fund is mismanaged, pays too-high fees and performs poorly. Auditors say the fund is actually quite transparent. They did admit, however, that it pays higher-than-average management fees, though they say that’s because the fund deals in a lot of alternative investments. In fact, reports the Post and Courier, “Funston's nearly-300-page report says the dysfunctional relationship between the commission and Loftis, a member of the agency's board, is one of the most significant risks to the $27 billion portfolio that benefits more than 550,000 public workers, retirees and their beneficiaries.”
The New York Times profiled the College of Charleston's recent travails yesterday, notably the state Legislature's rage over students having been assigned Alison Bechdel's memoir, which deals in part with her coming out; and the college's hiring of Confederacy-lovin' Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell as its next president. According to the Gray Lady, these incidents "have thrust this oldest college south of Virginia into protracted turmoil as the latest flash point in the nation’s culture wars."
Richland County cops also say a man jumped off the I-20 bridge into the Broad River during a traffic stop Tuesday. Department of Natural Resources patrollers have been unable to locate his body. The man who bystanders say jumped off the Gervais Street bridge last week has not been found, either.
Richland County sheriff's deputies shot at a suspect Tuesday, hitting him in the arm. WIS says the man is accused of selling drugs, and that he threw marijuana out of his car during a chase.
The first major task of Skip Holbrook, Columbia’s new police chief, will be hiring a bunch of new cops to fill vacancies at the department, The State reports. He’d particularly like to focus on hiring minorities and females so the department’s demographics better represent the Capital City.
Lexington County Council is considering raising taxes for the fourth year in a row, The State reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Sen. Lindsey Graham for reelection Tuesday, surprising nobody.
Music Break at Music Farm Columbia
Join COR for an evening of networking for music and business leaders on September 3rd, featuring performances by Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Death of Paris, Fat Rat Da Czar, and Lazy A and the Green Thang. Free admission for musicians and members! Register here.
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 two-day outdoor art and crafts show celebrating its 38th year. Being held on September 5 & 6, 2014, Click for details
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Learn and hone audition skills, monologues, and scenes from Shakespeare and modern works! Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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Pool Cleaning-Full and part time available. Must have a clean driving record, be organized and have a professional appearance. Starting Pay is $10.00 per hr, please call for an interview, please bring a copy of your Driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Cal 803-865-1200
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Company seeking carpenters, plumbers, masons work is year around with a 40 year old company. Starting pay is $10.00 but experienced individuals will be compensated accordingly. Must have a clean driving record and must bring a copy of your driving record to the interview. Please call 803-865-1200.