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.
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.
Not Your Typical Greek Restaurant
Ariana’s in West Columbia serves up delicious all-natural, low carb dishes, as well as homemade bread and baklava. Come try the best salad dressing in town! Location info and hours here.
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.
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.
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.
A two-day outdoor art and crafts show celebrating its 38th year. Being held on September 5 & 6, 2014, Click for details
SEARCH FREE TIMES
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
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
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.
Real Estate Spotlight
Mungo Homes. Celebrating 60 years of our family building for your family. mungo.com