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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: