Lexington County Sheriff Jimmy Metts, who was suspended after being indicted on bribery charges recently, appears in federal court today.
Five months after Richland County Council screwed up the selection of a contractor to handle its $1 billion penny tax project, the county has selected a new contractor. Three companies, ICA, Brownstone and MB Kahn Construction, will make up the project development team. The tax is being used to build and refurbish roads, intersections and greenways across the county.
The Carolinas are likely to have a brush with the first tropical storm of the season this week, the Post and Courier reports.
The jury will continue deliberating today in the corruption trial of local developer and former S.C. State board chair Jonathan Pinson.
The election for Lexington County coroner is today. Seven candidates are in the running. If no candidate gets 50 percent or more of the vote, there'll be a runoff election between the top two candidates two weeks from now.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that many corporations can decline to cover contraception as part of their health insurance plans if they hold religious objections to birth control. The 5-4 decision is being heralded by the Palmetto Family Council, a Columbia-based Christian fundamentalist group that filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, who won the case.
A Columbia couple will appear on the rivetingly bad new TV show Sex Sent Me to the ER, in which couples recount sexual escapades that landed them in the hospital, with actors dramatizing the scenes. The segment featuring the Columbia couple unfolds thusly: "[A] sexy nighttime motorcycle escapade turns painful for Cicely when she and Chuck decide to take their love into the great outdoors and onto a motorcycle. After rushing to the ER, the doctor is left stumped as to what could be causing her allergy-like reactions." The show airs Saturday, July 5, at 9 p.m. on TLC.
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!
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.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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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
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