Citing “sources familiar with the matter,” The State’s John Monk reports S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell is still being investigated as to whether he misused campaign funding. State Attorney General Alan Wilson has recused himself from the case, which is now being handled by 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe. Sources indicate it will be Pascoe’s call whether to seek an indictment against the House Speaker, seek more information or dismiss the case.
A maternal activist group is calling on Kroger grocery stores to ban the open carrying of firearms in its locations. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a national campaign Monday imploring leaders of Kroger to prohibit guns in their supermarkets, citing incidents of gun violence in and around stores, as well as open carry demonstrations in which people allegedly brought loaded guns into Kroger locations. Kroger operates markets across the nation and in the Midlands.
A man has been charged in the boating crash that killed USC student Hailey Bordeaux. According to a report from WIS, the South Carolina Department of Natural resources arrested 38-year-old Chad Morris and charged him with reckless homicide by boat and failure to render aid. Bordeaux, 21, was killed July 4 on Lake Marion when the boat she was in was hit by another boat. She was a senior at USC.
Not so fast, Johnny Football. While former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is getting most of the headlines as he attempts to win the starting quarterback job with the Cleveland Browns, it was former South Carolina QB Connor Shaw who raised some eyebrows Monday night during the Browns’ preseason game against Washington. Shaw was 8 of 9 passing for 123 yards. He also had a touchdown pass, coming on a 45-yard Hail Mary as time expired.
Authorities in Myrtle Beach are asking for help from the public in solving a number of highly publicized killings that took place during Bikefest over Memorial Day Weekend. According to reports from the Associated Press, three were killed and a fourth person injured in an incident that resulted from a large fight. Officers indicated the killings could be gang related. Gov. Nikki Haley has called for an end to Bikefest, citing the violence.
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!
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!
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!
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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