Findings from a joint SLED-FBI investigation into alleged “black ops” at the Columbia Police Department have been forwarded to an outside solicitor to avoid the appearance of impropriety, 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson told The State. The operation in question supposedly involved top city cops trying to plant drugs on an assistant city manager.
Charlotte police arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting Mayor Steve Benjamin’s brother-in-law, Donald Gist Jr., 38, on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. Police said the killing did not appear random as Gist and suspect Arthur Givens, 40, had known each other.
The Republican National Committee has been quietly moving to overhaul its presidential nominating process in 2016, CNN reports, but the bellwether states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada would keep their early primaries in February. The RNC hopes to push most states’ primaries to late June and punish any states that attempt to leapfrog, prompting further reshuffling, by threatening to strip the state-level Republicans of convention delegates.
SLED Director Mark Keel has requested a $15 million budget increase in order to hire 65 additional agents, which would return SLED’s manpower to pre-recession levels, The Associated Press reports. Keel also requested permission to spend $3.5 million on a new helicopter.
South Carolinians signed up for health insurance via healthcare.gov in November at five times the rate they did in October, but the two-month total of 2,761 falls far short of projected activity, The Statereports.
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.
$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.
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.
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: