The General Assembly nailed down a budget compromise Wednesday. According to The Associated Press, the $7 billion spending package includes funding to expand 4-year-old kindergarten, assistance to local governments and a 2 percent pay raise for state workers.
The General Assembly passed a statewide ban on texting while driving Wednesday, bringing South Carolina alongside most states in the nation. The Post and Courierreports that the legislation allows for a driver to text while stopped at a stoplight and imposes a $25 fine on violators.
A Richland County Council special committee has met to review the findings of a $100,000 study of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The Statereports that members of the committee have agreed to focus on three key areas for improvement, including improving guards’ pay, converting paper records to digital and establishing and operating a wing for mentally ill inmates.
The New York Daily News has an article on a professor who lost his job at Charleston Southern University after an image of him and his impressive beard appeared on a beer can.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: