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.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: