U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, speaking to an educators' symposium in Charleston via the Internet, blasted South Carolina for opting out of controversial Common Core standards, apparently under the impression South Carolina intends to adopt less rigorous standards. He acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns about Common Core but said that most of the fuss has been motivated by politics, The Post and Courier reports.
After a harrowing year at the helm of Richland County’s historically troubled DSS office, its director, Elizabeth Stroup, is stepping down, The Statereports. Stroup entered the position last May, when the county office was in serious disarray, several months before the violent death of 4-year-old Robert Guinyard Jr. at the hands of his parents. That tragedy, which should have been prevented, propelled the Senate investigation into mismanagement of the state agency, which led to former director Lillian Koller’s recent resignation.
Richland County Council has voted to pursue development of a giant water park and an indoor athletic center on the outskirts of Columbia, part of a push from rural districts to see county tourism dollars spent in their communities. Few details have been settled, according to The State. Council also nixed three other big-ticket proposals: two amphitheaters and an aquatic center.
Lowcountry real estate developer Pat McKinney has withdrawn from the lieutenant governor’s primary, citing deaths in the family, leaving the run-off to Mike Campbell and Henry McMaster. South Carolina Radio Network reports that McKinney narrowly had placed second after Tuesday’s vote, pending a recount.
South Carolina has the 10th highest foreclosure rate in the nation, despite a steady decline in recent months, according to GSA Business. Columbia ranks 15th among metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 or more.
Sidewalk Sale 2015
Devine Street’s Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, January 31st, from 9 AM-6 PM. Save money and shop local at more than 50 stores for all your spring needs! This event is FREE and open to the public. Park your car for free and stroll the beautiful shops and restaurants of Devine Street! Click for a list of some of the great bargains to be found.
In The Red and Brown Water at Trustus
Trustus Theatre’s newest show opening Friday, January 23rd combines poetry, movement, music, and song to tell the story of a young Louisiana girl thrust into womanhood. Click here for a list of performance dates and to purchase tickets. For mature audiences.
Refresh Renew Massage and Facial at Spa 131
Let us put the zen back in your spirit and a glow in your complexion. This 60-minute relaxing massage and cleansing, nourishing facial are available at a special rate now through the end of January. Click here for location info, pricing, testimonials, and more.
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NorthStar Child Development Center now hiring staff. Require 1yr exp. in licensed center. To apply click here.