Today, a jury takes up the corruption charges against businessman and former S.C. State board chair Jonathan Pinson and his business partner Eric Robinson. According to WIS, "Pinson's attorneys say he never benefited from any of the deals. They also said several co-defendants exaggerated Pinson's role to authorities to avoid prison time."
The State's Cindi Ross Scoppe says rumors about the Harrell-Wilson case have so far been eerily spot-on — which suggests to her judges are running their mouths outside the courtroom about how they view the case, which pits the state attorney general against the House Speaker, who he's investigating on ethics charges. She pins the blame, in part, on a judiciary appointed by the Legislature — and thus one that has to curry social favor with legislators. "As a journalist, I’m a huge fan of loose tongues," she writes. "But as one who believes deeply in the importance of an apolitical judicial system, I’ve been troubled by how much people who are not directly involved in this case seem to know."
Lanie Hudson, aka Miss Anderson, was crowned the new Miss South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia.
Latta Town Council rehired Crystal Moore as its police chief Friday night. First, though, Council had to terminate police chief Freddie Davis, whom Mayor Earl Bullard had hired Wednesday morning, the day after Latta residents voted to divest the mayor of hiring and firing authority. Moore and others believe the mayor fired her in April because she is gay, though Bullard has denied that.
Why was Winthrop University's president recently fired? Maybe because, just a month after she took the job, she instructed a staffer to create a new temporary job for her husband and hire him at a salary "low enough not to attract critics," the Rock Hill Herald reports.
There's a rift between Gov. Nikki Haley and Rep. Mark Sanford, The State reports. Sanford reluctantly gave Haley's initial gubernatorial campaign a bunch of money, and Haley never thanked him, according to a New York Times Magazine profile of Sanford.
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Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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.
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.
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