The number of applications for concealed weapons permits in South Carolina has more than doubled over the last three years according to TV station WSAV. There were 40,270 applications in 2011, 64,437 in 2012 and 86,686 in 2013, according to State Law Enforcement Division records. According to SLED Chief Mark Keel, the main reason for the increase in CWP applications is "talk of federal gun restrictions," the station reports. The State reports that developer Bob Hughes could begin construction at Bull Street as soon as next month. Apartments along Calhoun Street are the first item on the construction calendar for the massive live-work-play development Hughes is planning for the downtown site. He'll also begin other site development: "Crews should begin this fall tearing down what amounts to a minimum security prison along Harden Street and daylighting a creek that runs through the property to turn it into a park. ...The park will include a pond, jogging trails, sculpture garden and a dog park, Hughes said."
Andy Milovich, general manager of the minor-league Myrtle Beach Pelicans, will get a prostate exam live at the stadium during the seventh-inning stretch of Thursday’s game to raise awareness of prostate cancer. "It's not like I would be getting it at home plate," Milovich told ESPN.com. "I'll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up."
Congaree National Park brought in 120,341 visitors last year, and they spent $5.82 million in areas near the park, supporting 74 Midlands jobs. That's according to a new economic impact report by the National Park Service. The peer-reviewed study was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists, and looked at parks across the nation, finding that national parks generate $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.
South Carolina continues to rank among the worst states when it comes to educating children, according to a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Post and Courier reports. The state also ranks poorly in measures of children's economic wellbeing.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
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Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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Real Estate Spotlight
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