In a ruling that could have consequences for South Carolina, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court's ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. South Carolina is in the Fourth Circuit, and appeals of this state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage were on hold pending the Virginia decision.
The State reports that Columbia City Council has granted line-item status to the Famously Hot New Year's Eve festival, meaning it will no longer have to compete with other organizations and events that seek money through the city's hospitality tax committee process; instead, it's now more like the zoo or the Columbia Museum of Art, which get a stable amount of funding each year. As Free Times reported earlier this year, the amount of tax dollars flowing to the one-night event tripled over the previous year.
The Columbia Blowfish, a college summer-league wood-bat baseball team, will move to Lexington County for next year's season, team owner Bill Shanahan announced Monday. The county is building a 3,000-seat stadium for the team; it will cost $3 million, part of a $23 million recreation bond. The stadium will also host college and high school baseball championships, baseball camps and events throughout the year.
Gov. Nikki Haley meets today with city leaders in Atlantic Beach, which hosts a motorcycle rally each year; Haley wants the rally shut down because of associated violence.
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.
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!
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.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
NorthStar Child Development Center now hiring staff. Require 1yr exp. in licensed center. To apply click here.
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
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