Police are investigating after an alleged armed robbery on the University of South Carolina campus early Tuesday morning. According to a report from The State, USC officials issued an alert to students notifying them of the armed robbery, the third such alert sent to students in the last week. Tuesday’s robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Whaley. The victim said the suspect was wearing all black clothing and carrying a bat. The suspect reportedly assaulted the victim and demanded money. Columbia Police and USC Police were investigating.
USC is not the only local college dealing with armed robbery problems. According to a report from WIS, Benedict College Police Deputy Chief Gregory Bellamy said campus police are searching for an armed robbery suspect and two associates who have been preying on “easy targets.” The lead suspect is described as a light-skinned black man who worked with two accomplices with dark complexions and dreadlocks. Anyone with information about the suspects can call the Benedict Police Department at 803-253-5400 or 803-705-6455.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was one of a host of Republican politicians in attendance Monday at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual “Faith and Freedom” barbecue in Anderson. Gov. Nikki Haley was also among those on hand. According to a report from the Associated Press, Rubio touched on a number of topics, from immigration reform to education and beyond. He also took time to decry military spending cuts. "When America steps back from the national stage, it is chaos," Rubio said. "Does that mean that we should be involved in every conflict? Of course not. ... Only America can play that role. In the absence of us playing that role, no one does, and crisis ensues."
Now that the Charlotte NBA franchise has a new – well, old actually – name, the city is looking to freshen up the team’s arena. According to the Associated Press, the City of Charlotte is considering using funds from a pair of hospitality taxes to make about $30 million in improvements to the downtown Time Warner Cable Arena, which is home to the Charlotte Hornets. The “Hornets” moniker recently returned to the Charlotte franchise. The club had been operating as the Bobcats since 2004. The proposed $30 million upgrade to TWC Arena would include larger video screens, upgraded restrooms, additional seats in the lower bowl, improved restaurant access and more.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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