Having gone on Charleston talk radio Monday and claimed that the public corruption complaints against him are part of a conspiracy to weaken Lowcountry influence at the State House, House Speaker Bobby Harrell is now distancing himself from that far-fetched theory, telling The Post and Courier it’s been pushed not by him but by other Charleston Republicans.
Upstate attorney Tom Ervin, who pulled out of the GOP gubernatorial primary to challenge Nikki Haley as an independent, is galling the hell out of party officials who want him to shed his “independent Republican” label. The State reports SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore saying his staff has contacted party-affiliated organizations to discourage them from hosting the insurgent, and party officials have tarred Ervin as a “closet Democrat.”
Everybody wants a piece of local meteorologist and climate change crusader Jim Gandy. First it's President Barack Obama, now The New York Times is all over his jock.
Speaking of climate change, its effects are getting closer to home, becoming less about drowning polar bears and more about violent storms, damaged crops and coastal erosion, which all come with hefty pricetags. The Greenville News looks at what we can expect here in South Carolina, and it ain’t pretty.
Columbia prosecutors have dropped charges against the Progressive Network’s “Truthful Tuesday” protesters, who were arrested in March for blocking access to the State House parking garage, while calling for South Carolina to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act so poor people can have access to health care.
Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson was set to explain his controversial suspension of the town clerk to council members Tuesday night, but, before he could do so, three of the four council members staged a walk-out, WIS reports. Wilson and the remaining council member carried on without them.
Columbia’s YMCA has entered into a contract to sell its historic Sumter Street building to nearby First Baptist Church, subject to the church’s approval, The State reports.
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. Click to find out how!
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.
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.
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!
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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