John Rainey, the Republican donor and philanthropist who GOP Gov. Nikki Haley said she believed is a racist and a bigot, will unveil two statues he financed in Camden this week – one of Larry Dolby, the first black baseball player in the American Leagues, and of Jewish financier Bernard Baruch, both from Camden. Expected to attend the event are Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who Haley appointed to the Senate, and philanthropist Darla Moore, who Haley unceremoniously booted from the board of trustees at the University of South Carolina, The State reports. (Haley doesn’t like Rainey because he accused her of ethics violations.)
Vice president Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker for the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner May 3. “Biden has been leading the fight to restore faith in the legislative process in Washington while at the same time protecting middle class families,” state party chairman Dick Harpootlian said in a statement. “His steady hand has helped President Obama through some of his toughest challenges and he is an inspiration to all South Carolinians regardless of political affiliation.”
The Associated Press gives a by-the-numbers look at how many South Carolinians were impacted by the infamous data breach the state Department of Revenue this fall.
“South Carolina, home to some of the nation’s deadliest highways, is among a minority of states where texting while driving is allowed despite mounting evidence of its dangers,” reports the Charleston Post & Courier.
Another crooked sheriff goes down in South Carolina. The Palmetto State has a problem with crooked sheriffs. Five of them have faced criminal charges in the last three years.
If you went to the University of South Carolina, no doubt you remember its computer system VIP. It’s getting overhauled.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
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Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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.
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