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.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
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.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
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.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
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