Tougher rules on the handling of food could be coming to South Carolina, Sammy Fretwell reported in The State. "New rules for restaurants and delis would ban some workers from handling food with their bare hands, require eateries to use nationally certified equipment and take other steps to better protect food from germs that can make diners sick," according to The State. The plan, put forward by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, would require legislative approval.
Jadeveon Clowney is expected to start for South Carolina as the Gamecocks take on Arkansas tomorrow. Clowney made a last-minute decision last week not to play against Kentucky, sparking much speculation that he was intentionally sitting out with an eye toward his future NFL career. Coach Steve Spurrier said earlier this week that the situation had been handled badly, and Clowney said he is fully committed to the team.
South Carolina's foreclosure rate has been falling for months, but the state nonetheless ranks No. 10 nationally, according to a RealtyTrac report cited by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. One out of every 820 homes in the state is in foreclosure; nationally, the figure is one out of 998.
A South Carolina man who'd advertised his truck on Craigslist was killed when he went to meet what were supposed to be the prospective buyers.
A West Columbia home that was almost destroyed because of heavy rains eroding the ground around it — creating a 35-foot drop near the home — has been saved through a stabilization project, WLTX reported.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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