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Vista Getting New Boutique Hotel

Also: SC Ranks Near Bottom in Education Report; Supporters Launch Fort Jackson Letter-Writing Campaign
By Eva Moore
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |

A 108-bed boutique hotel is coming to the Vista, Jeff Wilkinson reported. “The Aloft hotel will feature hip, high-end contemporary furnishings and interior design, ground-floor retail space and a bar called WXYZ,” Wilkinson wrote. Observers had long known a hotel was coming but hadn’t known exactly what it would be. “It’s contemporary and artsy and interesting,” said Fred Delk, director of the Columbia Development Corporation. “It will be like nothing else we have in Columbia.”

South Carolina ranked No. 50 out of 51 in an education report released by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (the report included the District of Columbia). The report looked at state standards; private, charter and online options; teacher quality; and home school regulations. The top three states were Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey; the bottom three were Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Local supporters of Fort Jackson have launched a letter-writing campaign to show their support for the base. George Goldsmith, a retired general who leads a military committee at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, said the Army is looking for evidence of support in the community. The campaign comes as the federal government reviews military bases throughout the country in an effort to consolidate.

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