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.
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.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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.
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.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com