This week, the city will hear an appeal by the owners of Taboo, the Devine Street adult sex toy store that caused so much uproar when it quietly opened two years ago. The owners contend that city officials cost the store money when they passed sweeping changes to city ordinances right after the store opened, limiting the hours of X-rated businesses to 6 a.m. til midnight. Taboo is the city's only adult business.
Gov. Nikki Haley's fashion sense is "unpredictable and erratic," according to a Politico story in which two leading fashionistas review the wardrobes of the 2016 presidential contenders. "You never know what you’re going to get with Haley," they wrote. So, who earned positive reviews? Joe, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Michele Bachmann, Cory Booker, Martin O'Malley, Elizabeth Warren and others. Rand Paul got in trouble for wearing pleated, oversized pants: "Between the sizing and the pleats, Paul’s suits suggest he’s prone to poor judgment. He should go for a tailored, slimmer-fitting look to appear more self-assured."
There were a lot of shootings in Columbia over the weekend. So many that Mayor Steve Benjamin called for change: "“The people of this city are fed up and so am I and it is simply not enough to voice our frustration and outrage."
"The most dangerous time and place to be in Five Points is around 2 a.m. on a Sunday, standing somewhere between the 700 and 800 blocks of Harden Street, an analysis by The State newspaper shows."
Government watchdog group Common Cause is pushing hard for Attorney General Alan Wilson to review a trip taken by Gov. Nikki Haley to determine whether it was a campaign trip and she should reimburse taxpayers. The State Ethics Commission has decided the governor's in the clear.
The Lowcountry has experienced several small earthquakes recently.
Despite beating Florida Saturday, the Gamecocks dropped a spot in the AP Poll, to No. 12. Clemson, meanwhile, rose to No. 7 after beating Georgia Tech Thursday. The Gamecocks could still end up SEC East champions if Missouri loses one of its two remaining conference games.
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.
Not Your Typical Greek Restaurant
Ariana’s in West Columbia serves up delicious all-natural, low carb dishes, as well as homemade bread and baklava. Come try the best salad dressing in town! Location info and hours here.
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
A two-day outdoor art and crafts show celebrating its 38th year. Being held on September 5 & 6, 2014, Click for details
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
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.
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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
Pool Cleaning-Full and part time available. Must have a clean driving record, be organized and have a professional appearance. Starting Pay is $10.00 per hr, please call for an interview, please bring a copy of your Driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Cal 803-865-1200
Company seeking carpenters, plumbers, masons work is year around with a 40 year old company. Starting pay is $10.00 but experienced individuals will be compensated accordingly. Must have a clean driving record and must bring a copy of your driving record to the interview. Please call 803-865-1200.
Real Estate Spotlight
Mungo Homes. Celebrating 60 years of our family building for your family. mungo.com