The Queen City of Charlotte has gracefully provided a diversion for Columbia residents weary of dysfunction at our own City Hall. Yesterday, the FBI arrested Mayor Patrick Cannon on charges of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash, passed to him in a briefcase in his office by an undercover agent. Cannon’s hometown paper has more.
People grow old and die. It’s what we do. But, with the state’s senior population expected to double in 15 years, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell yesterday warned a joint session of the General Assembly of an impending “grey tsunami” — expected budget and humanitarian crises that aging boomers and their demand for services will inflict on South Carolina.
A judge presiding over a motion to have Attorney General Alan Wilson removed as prosecutor when embattled Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell faces corruption charges before a state grand jury says he’s pushed back his decision, granting an extension for the attorney general’s office and Harrell’s lawyers to file briefs. The Post and Courier has a few more details.
WIS reports on planned ground-up overhauls for two of Columbia’s oldest public housing developments — Gonzales Gardens and Allen Benedict Court. Built in the 1940s, the projects currently lack central heating and air and handicap access and are home to some of Columbia’s most concentrated poverty.
The Tapp’s Arts Center is undergoing a change in management. Columbia businessman Tom Prioreschi, who owns residential apartments in the building’s upper floors, is taking over with an eye on expanding the space’s use as a wedding and event venue in addition to maintaining studio and gallery space for local artists, The Statereports.
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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!
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.
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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Real Estate Spotlight
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