Several businessmen facing federal corruption charges have had more extensive dealings with the City of Columbia than previously known. Citing documents and interviews, The Statereports that Jonathan Pinson and Richard Zahn, an admitted dispenser of kickbacks, met with Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members Tameika Isaac Devine and Brian DeQuincey Newman, hoping to gain their support for several Columbia development deals that would have involved public money. Their two proposals went nowhere. Pinson is the subject of a sweeping federal corruption investigation that sprawls from S.C. State, where he once chaired the board of trustees, to the failed Village at River’s Edge development in north Columbia, in which Benjamin was a partner before divesting to run for mayor.
The S.C. Public Service Commission met with solar and wind energy proponents for more than two hours Tuesday, The Statereports. While the PSC has taken no actions as a result of that meeting, it has the power to broadly influence energy policy in South Carolina. The meeting came three months after the PSC cancelled a similar event that was to focus on solar energy after receiving complaints from the state’s powerful utilities, which have been slow to embrace renewable energies.
A Chinese textile company, Keer Group, has announced it will open its first factory outside of its home country in Lancaster County, The Greenville Newsreports. The factory, which will produce industrial cotton yarn, is expected to bring $218 million in investment and more than 500 jobs to the area. A company official cited area cotton producers and the Port of Charleston as selling points for the location. Keer Group is expected to break ground in February.
A hearing stemming from a 69-year-old Clarendon County murder trial has been scheduled for Jan. 21 in Sumter, The Statereports. Attorneys representing the family of George Stinney Jr. requested the hearing in hopes of exonerating the 14-year-old black boy who was accused of murdering two white girls in 1944. Based on flimsy evidence and dubious legal practices, Stinney was convicted and handed the death penalty, making him the youngest American executed in the 20th century.
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.
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
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.
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!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: