Endorsements are piling up on both sides of the strong-mayor issue ahead of Tuesday's vote. The latest to weigh in against a strong-mayor system for Columbia are former Columbia City Council members Hamilton Osborne and Anne Sinclair, and attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson. Meanwhile, the pro-strong-mayor side is trumpeting the support of Gov. Nikki Haley, former council member Belinda Gergel and S.C. Sen. Kay Patterson, among others.
Speaking of The State, by its own reporter's count last week it had published some two-dozen editorials and columns in support of a strong mayor system, including a planned four front-page editorials. The number has now likely exceeded 30.
The Gamecocks are now ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll after beating Clemson in Columbia Saturday. It was the Cocks' fifth straight win over the Tigers, a school record. This also marks the third straight year that USC is not going to the SEC championship despite having beaten the SEC East champion.
The New York Times visited BMW's South Carolina plant to report on a European-style apprenticeship program to train younger workers in manufacturing jobs. It's not every day someone says something like this about the Palmetto State: “'South Carolina offers a fantastic model for what we can do nationally,' said Ben Olinsky, co-author of a forthcoming report by the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington research organization, recommending a vast expansion in apprenticeships."
USA Today wrote about Rev. Leon Winn, a black pastor from Manning who's planning to take on Rep. Jim Clyburn in the general election next year. Winn switched from the Democratic to the Republican party five years ago.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
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. Click to find out how!
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.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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: