Craft brewer Stone Brewing is not coming to South Carolina or North Carolina, according to the Triad City Beat. South Carolina passed a much-discussed, much-heralded overhaul of its brewery law earlier this year in hopes of wooing the major brewer to Lexington. Stone is planning to expand its operations, building an east-of-the-Mississippi facility; it's now narrowed the list to Ohio and Virginia.
Gov. Nikki Haley will grant the Department of Social Services' request for 202 more caseworkers to ease caseloads at the troubled agency, The State reported Friday. That's a 25 percent increase in staff; it would cost $10 million.
All that black smoke in West Columbia Sunday evening was a major fire at a furniture store on Meeting Street.
The rabble-rousing Kim Murphy, a former member of the Lexington-Richland 5 school board, is trying to regain a seat on the board, The State reports. She was booted off it last year when leaders decided she actually lived in Lexington County, not Richland County, and thus could no longer serve as a Richland County representative. Filing for school board seats runs Aug. 1-15.
The Associated Press spoke with Thomas Elzey, president of S.C. State University, which has had some high-profile money problems of late, and whose former board chair was just convicted on public corruption charges. Elzey says things are now on the right track. Among the points of note: that S.C. State was unprepared for the recession, which damaged the school's finances; and that the school just passed a balanced budget for next year that trims administrative expenses. Not trimmed? The $50,000 bonus Elzey was awarded by the school's board last month.
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!
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.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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!
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.
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.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: