House Speaker Bobby Harrell dropped a bomb on South Carolina politics over the weekend, announcing at a House Republican Caucus retreat that a grand jury investigation into him has ended and Attorney General Alan Wilson has recused himself from the case. Wilson's office has not confirmed Harrell's announcement, saying simply, "We are unable to comment because the Supreme Court order directs that we are not to disclose these matters." The Post and Courier, which broke the news, quotes Harrell saying, "I said from the beginning I just wanted somebody to look at this who was independent and didn't have political motives ... and I hope this accomplishes that."
It was freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina who came up with the idea of suing President Obama — an idea U.S. House Republican leadership has been running with. McClatchy talks with Rice, who filed a bill in December proposing a lawsuit against the president for a variety of perceived abuses of executive power. House leadership decided to write a separate bill with a narrower scope; it recently won approval of a majority of the House.
The State got a hold of some confidential court documents in the case of Robert Guinyard, the 4-year-old boy murdered by his parents last year. The case drew broad attention because Guinyard had previously been in custody of the Department of Social Services; advocates said the agency failed to protect the boy, as it has failed other children. The documents show Guinyard's parents faced allegations of child abuse and neglect for several year before Guinyard was even born. However, it also backs up DSS' assertions that they'd tried to have Guinyard adopted, but that his court-appointed advocates opposed that move.
A man from Prosperity, South Carolina won the top prize in the Forrest Wood Cup, a massive bass fishing tournament hosted in Columbia and at Lake Murray over the weekend. He'll take home half a million dollars.
The state's unemployment rate grew slightly in July, from 5.3 percent the previous month to 5.7 percent. Richland County's rate is 6.6 percent, up from just 6 percent the month before, but down from 7.7. percent last July.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
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Cupcake now hiring a closing manager. Must be outgoing, customer service focused, able to work evenings and weekends. Apply in person. 1213 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201. freshcupcakes.com