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 State reports.