Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen called yesterday for a "pause in the legal battles" over South Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue. Since Monday, reporters had been asking for Sheheen's reaction to the news that a federal appeals court had ruled Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
South Carolina has a Democrat as governor for a few hours this morning. While Gov. Nikki Haley undergoes outpatient surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, she's asked Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill to act as governor. The last Democrat to occupy that position was Gov. Jim Hodges in 2003.
Employees at the local Dorn VA Medical Center wrote down incorrect appointment times in order to hide their long wait times, according to a new internal audit. For months, the VA has been embroiled in a scandal over long wait times resulting in poor patient care.
Superintendent of Education Mick Zais now says a rewrite of the state's education standards can take into account the national Common Core standards. Previously, he'd said the Education Oversight Committee must start with the state's previous standards, entirely ignoring Common Core — "We’re going to start with S.C. 2007 standards, Texas standards and a couple of other states, and we’re not even going to have a copy of Common Core state standards in the room for the writing panels," he'd said July 7. He was persuaded to change his view after consulting with a staff attorney, according to The State. Conservatives across the country have agitated against the federal standards, and South Carolina legislators voted earlier this year to toss them out in South Carolina, forcing the rewrite.
South Carolina's sales tax holiday is this weekend. Here's the Department of Revenue's list of eligible items.
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!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found 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.
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!
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.
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: