A campaign ad from Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen attacking Gov. Nikki Haley over her handling of the Department of Revenue hacking scandal in 2012 is misleading, according to FactCheck.org. The ad says Haley "covered up theft for two weeks" after the hacking incident was discovered. What it doesn't say, however, is that "Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators." According to SLED Director Mark Keel, "She did what we asked her to do."
A case involving Columbia restaurant Rockaways and illegal gambling is headed to the S.C. Supreme Court, John Monk reports in The State. The court has agreed to take up Rockaways' appeal of a 2013 decision in which a lower court ruled that a woman could sue over losses on illegal gambling machines.
Sheri Few, a former GOP candidate for superintendent of education, blasts state officials over their stance on Common Core standards in an op-ed published by The State. Few says officials at the State Board of Education want to "simply rebrand the standards." She calls instead for a concerted effort to replace the standards. Republican Molly Spearman, whose views on Common Core are subtler, won the state's June primary.
A 21-year-old man from the Upstate pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in a case in which he bit a baby, pulled her hair out and broke her bones. The guilty plea comes just months after the man pleaded guilty to "assaulting his wheelchair-bound great-grandmother after she refused to give him money for cigarettes," WYFF-4 reports.
Are you ready for 2016? The politicians are. Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will be in Columbia today. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland is moving staffers into South Carolina, according to CNN. And U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent democratic socialist from Vermont, is paying visits to Iowa and South Carolina, both key early states in the presidential race.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found 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.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
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!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: