South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in November from 7.5 percent the previous month, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported. Richland County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.9 percent, and — as usual — Lexington County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 5.2 percent. Statewide, the largest job gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities sector (4,600 jobs), followed by government (2,700) and manufacturing (1,100).
The Columbia-based Edens firm landed a major capital investment of $1.5 billion, The State reported, $1 billion of it from investment firm Blackstone. Edens develops shopping centers — including Cross Hill Market locally — nationwide. The new investment will boost the company's potential to grow and its national profile.
A conference committee of state lawmakers met Dec. 19 to discuss government restructuring proposals, Adam Beam reported. Among the ideas under discussion is abolishing the Budget and Control Board and replacing it with a Department of Administration. They came to no agreement and agreed to reconvene in January.
The University of South Carolina men's basketball team continues to struggle, the latest manifestation being a humiliating loss to USC-Upstate. The women's team, however, is 9-1 and ranked No. 10 nationally in the most recent AP poll.
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.
$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
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.
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.
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: