Even though the state of South Carolina opted not to expand its Medicaid program under Obamacare, the state's Medicaid rolls are still growing, the Post and Courier reports: Enrollment grew more than 5 percent between October and March "as residents who were previously eligible but unenrolled for a variety of reasons started signing up," what the paper calls "the woodwork effect." Medicaid officials say comparisons with past enrollment years are difficult, though.
It's a big week for political debates in South Carolina. The conservative Palmetto Family Council sponsors a live Town Hall for seven Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate candidates — including Lindsey Graham — on Friday at 7 p.m. on the USC campus. As for televised debates, the GOP superintendent of education candidates face off Tuesday night at 7 p.m.; and the Democratic Senate candidates meet Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the GOP lieutenant governor and GOP U.S. Senate candidates face each other next week. All debates will air on SCETV.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department arrested a Columbia cop for allegedly threatening his wife with a gun over the weekend, multiple media reported. The cop was suspended without pay.
Richland County election officials tell The State they're totally ready for the June 10 primary, despite problems with elections over the past few years.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: