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.
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A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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