Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was the first pick in this year's NFL draft, which began Thursday night. He'll play for the Houston Texans. No other Gamecocks were picked in the first round, but the draft continues through Saturday. Clemson's Sammy Watkins was the No. 4 pick; he'll play for the Buffalo Bills.
An advisory panel has finalized the list of 69 projects that would be funded by a 1 percent sales tax hike set to go before Lexington County voters this fall, The State reports. The package includes $194 million in road construction and improvements, $53 million for water and sewer projects, and $21 million for recreation projects, all spread across the county.
The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina will allow congregations to perform blessings of same-sex couples, The State reports. The diocese covers the Upstate and Midlands. The same-sex blessing debate has caused rifts in the Episcopal church nationwide, and was one reason Lowcountry bishop Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence split from the church.
The state Senate might form a panel to help South Carolina State University right itself. The historically black university has struggled with debt; it got a $6 million emergency loan last week to help it stay afloat. Vice President Joe Biden is in town to give USC's commencement address. He'll also headline a fundraising lunch for the state Democratic Party.
It's Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed.
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!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: