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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: