The number of applications for concealed weapons permits in South Carolina has more than doubled over the last three years according to TV station WSAV. There were 40,270 applications in 2011, 64,437 in 2012 and 86,686 in 2013, according to State Law Enforcement Division records. According to SLED Chief Mark Keel, the main reason for the increase in CWP applications is "talk of federal gun restrictions," the station reports. The State reports that developer Bob Hughes could begin construction at Bull Street as soon as next month. Apartments along Calhoun Street are the first item on the construction calendar for the massive live-work-play development Hughes is planning for the downtown site. He'll also begin other site development: "Crews should begin this fall tearing down what amounts to a minimum security prison along Harden Street and daylighting a creek that runs through the property to turn it into a park. ...The park will include a pond, jogging trails, sculpture garden and a dog park, Hughes said."
Andy Milovich, general manager of the minor-league Myrtle Beach Pelicans, will get a prostate exam live at the stadium during the seventh-inning stretch of Thursday’s game to raise awareness of prostate cancer. "It's not like I would be getting it at home plate," Milovich told ESPN.com. "I'll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up."
Congaree National Park brought in 120,341 visitors last year, and they spent $5.82 million in areas near the park, supporting 74 Midlands jobs. That's according to a new economic impact report by the National Park Service. The peer-reviewed study was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists, and looked at parks across the nation, finding that national parks generate $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.
South Carolina continues to rank among the worst states when it comes to educating children, according to a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Post and Courier reports. The state also ranks poorly in measures of children's economic wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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