As fallout continues from Richland County's latest vote-counting failure, the City of Columbia's election board meets Tuesday morning to discuss additional ways it can make sure votes are accurately counted. The county's elections office runs elections for the city, including next week's strong mayor referendum.
Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago is applying for the permanent top job for which the city is currently advertising. But according to The State, he might not be qualified for it.
Ten schools in Lexington County are closed Monday due to a water main break, meaning thousands of students aren't at school.
Teen smoking in South Carolina has dropped significantly, says DHEC. About 15 percent of high school students have smoked, according to the latest South Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey In 2011, the rate was nearly 24 percent.
Someone recorded a zookeeper at Riverbanks Zoo trying to fend off a kangaroo with his fists. It went viral.
This morning, the Columbia chapter of the Police Benevolent Society and Mayor Steve Benjamin hold a press conference in front of the bar formerly known as The Library for "a special announcement regarding the upcoming December 3 strong mayor referendum." The group has endorsed Benjamin's previous campaigns. Various law enforcement types have identified the bar as a gang hangout and trouble spot in Five Points.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: