Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook shut down the city's drug lab Thursday after an investigation showed one of its main employees didn't have sufficient training in drug analysis and that the lab itself was compromised, with shoddy operating procedures and poor storage and equipment. 5th Circuit Solicitor announced the closing in a widely circulated memo Friday; in it, he said drug cases that employee Brenda Frazier had handled were being assessed "on a case-by-case basis." On Sunday, The State took a lot at whether people may have been wrongly imprisoned because of the lab's faulty work.
Have you seen the campaign sign in West Columbia featuring a photo of Mayor Joe Owens alongside shots of President Obama and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin? It reads, "Want to have ONE voice controlling our government? Me neither. Vote NO! to Strong Mayor. Unite Our City." Owens tells WIS he thinks the signs are racist and improper.
Senator Party! U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in Anderson today speaking to Republicans at a barbecue fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina; Gov. Nikki Haley is also scheduled to be there, as is independent Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be at a Rock Hill barbecue fundraiser Monday for U.S. Rep Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. And U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina addresses Columbia Rotary in Columbia today.
EdVenture Children's Museum announced Friday that it's received an enormous $893,308 grant from NASA to build an interactive exhibit "focused on the science and technology of flight." This comes on the heels of the South Carolina State Museum's major new space-centered expansion right next door, featuring a planetarium, observatory, 4D theater, historic telescope collection and more. Here's a semi-critical analysis of Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election prospects by an online English-language Indian newspaper.
University of South Carolina student Elizabeth Scarborough spent the summer touring as a professional Taylor Swift impersonator, The Daily Gamecock reports.
Speaking of USC students, the university sent out a text alert at 1:30 a.m. Sunday that read "ARMED SUBJECT near Russell House. Seek safe shelter. Obey officials." Details remain spotty; a student had seen someone with a gun running across campus. It was the second sighting of an armed suspect spotted on campus in less than a week.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
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
Local business is searching for new associates who are looking for a fun environment to earn great wages. Great position for college students/recent graduates. Must be well-mannered with excellent customer service skills/work ethic/ability to lift heavy items/must have valid Driver’s License. Call 803-376-4884 or email resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.