State and local agencies will be conducting hurricane evacuation drills on major thoroughfares running inland from the coast today. They will be testing lane reversal plans for I-26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in the event of coastal evacuation orders from the governor, but lanes will not be closed or reversed today, according to news reports. Motorists traveling between Columbia and Charleston can expect a heavy law enforcement presence along I-26.
Citing SLED statistics, News 2 in the Lowcountry reports that fatal shootings involving law enforcement officers are on the rise in South Carolina, with deadly incidents having tripled from 2009 to 2013. There were 42 officer-involved shootings in 2013, 18 of which were deadly.
Atlantic Beach officials and residents have spoken out in support of Atlantic Beach Bikefest, also known as Black Bike Week, defying Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to end the motorcycle rally after a violent incident in nearby Myrtle Beach left three dead and seven injured on Memorial Day weekend. Former Atlantic Beach mayor Joe Montgomery told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News, “What happened in Myrtle Beach had nothing to do with our event. They are habitual criminals that came to Myrtle Beach. ... We are in good shape and nobody is going to stop this Bikefest.”
A Charleston County councilman is threatening to nix $1 million in county funding to The Citadel if the military college doesn’t agree to remove a Confederate flag from its chapel. The school has responded by saying the flag is a “Confederate Naval Jack” that is protected by the state’s Heritage Act. "I really feel saddened by this. It's just still as if they are trying to preserve the Confederacy," Councilman Henry Darby told The Post and Courier. He plans to introduce his proposal at a council meeting tonight.
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. Click to find out how!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info