Wednesday is the last day to apply for the job of Police Chief of Columbia. City Manager Teresa Wilson told City Council on Tuesday that 40 people have applied for the job so far. Eleven are from South Carolina; the others are from states across the country. Twelve are minorities. No women applied. Despite the broad search, Mayor Steve Benjamin and Councilman Cameron Runyan were still pushing Tuesday to have an outside consultant perform a national search, something the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce has offered to pay for. But Wilson and Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine pushed back, saying search firms tend to have a slate of candidates they bring in for every search, and that the search committee Wilson has assembled has unique knowledge of Columbia's troubled history of revolving police chiefs and systemic issues. The search committee will begin interviewing candidates in January, after some initial screening.
A massive potato farm that would draw "potentially billions of gallons of water" from the scenic Edisto River is causing concerns among environmentalists. Michigan-based Walther Farms already has one of the two state permits it needs — DHEC granted it last year — but the Department of Natural Resources is raising questions about whether the farm will deplete the river. The company supplies potatoes to Frito-Lay.
The officer who pursued Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for speeding got up to speeds of 142 mph himself, according to newly released dashcam video, The Daily Gamecock reports. Clowney was ticketed for driving 110 mph. "The trooper drove above 100 mph for at least a minute and 15 seconds, the video shows," according to the Gamecock.
Costco is not coming to Piney Grove Road. The discount superstore ran into unexpected cost overruns and asked Richland County Council for economic incentives — usually reserved for manufacturers, as The State notes — but although Council agreed to offer some tax incentives, the amount wasn't enough for the company. According to The State, "council was told governments in other states had offered up to $10 million in incentives and Costco’s cost overruns were less than $3 million."
Shaw Air Force Base removed a nativity scene after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation — or, as Fox News put it, "The Baby Jesus has been kicked off Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, according to an organization who relishes any opportunity to eradicate Christianity from the U.S. military."
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.
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!
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.
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
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: