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.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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.
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.
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U.S. Security Associates
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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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