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.
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!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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!
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!
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: