The total taxpayer investment in the Bull Street project is likely to hit at least $199 million, The State reports today. The previous highest estimate had been about $137 million. The city plans to borrow $86 million, $57 million of it for roads, water and sewer, two parking garages and other infrastructure, and $29 million of it to build a baseball stadium. But if one factors in the latest estimates of interest and loan issuance fees, "[r]epaying $86,126,000 in loans would cost $198,809,599 by the year 2052," say the city's finance folks.
Circuit Judge Casey Manning might decide today whether the state attorney general can continue to pursue a criminal investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, or whether that power should rest with elected officials on the House Ethics Committee.
Gary Burgess, a black candidate for state superintendent of education running in the GOP primary, is calling on the NAACP to end its boycott of South Carolina because the boycott hurts schools, WIS reports. The group has boycotted the state since 1999 over its placement of the Confederate flag on the State House grounds. Burgess claimed that "at a recent conference in D.C. he asked the NAACP for help but because of the boycott they refused."
Following defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's first overall pick in the NFL draft last week, another Gamecock was selected in the draft over the weekend: wide receiver Bruce Ellington will play for the San Francisco 49ers. Former USC quarterback Connor Shaw was selected as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns — the same team that chose the much-hyped Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel late in the first round. Gamecocks everywhere are hopeful that Manziel will crumble, allowing Shaw a chance to prove himself on the field. (One pundit called Shaw's selection "the most brilliant thing the Browns could have done post-Manziel drafting" and predicted Cleveland fans would turn on Johnny Football within two years.) Also selected as undrafted free agents were Kelcy Quarles, Jimmy Legree and Chaz Sutton.
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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. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
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.
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.
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Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
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Free Times is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter to assist in gathering material from advertisers, coordinating between the sales and production departments, and handling routine clerical tasks. Must be proficient on a Mac, able to conduct business via phone, email, text, Dropbox, social media platforms and face to face while under deadline in a fast-paced, sometimes distracting work environment. The position requires the ability to multitask, excellent oral and written communication skills, and solid experience in quickly learning new computer programs. This is a full time position with benefits. Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to firstname.lastname@example.org.