Columbia Free Times

Mayor Benjamin No Longer at Parker Poe Law Firm

Also: Viewers Protest WIS' Decision Not to Renew Ben Hoover's Contract
By Dan Cook | Monday, July 7, 1:24 pm

Benjamin Responds to Pinson Verdict, Stripper-Trip Testimony

By Dan Cook | Thursday, July 3, 10:33 pm
Sound Off

Free Times Cover Inspires Search into Nation’s History

Plus: Reagan Wasn’t Deranged, But Obama Is
By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
George Washington’s statue, featured on the July 2 Free Times cover, presents an eye-catching image for Fourth of July celebrations: the State House, the fireworks and the statue itself. But the statue carries more meaning to the day than fun and fireworks.
News. Brief.

Viewers Protest WIS’ Decision to Drop Ben Hoover

Plus: Mayor Benjamin No Longer at Parker Poe Law Firm
By Free Times | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Ben Hoover
Viewers erupted in protests both online and on the streets after WIS-TV declined to renew the contract of popular local anchor Ben Hoover.
Local and State News

Pinson Convicted, Benjamin Responds to Allegations from Trial

Mayor Issues Statement on Verdict, Orlando Stripper-Trip Testimony
By Dan Cook | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
In a case that has riveted onlookers in Columbia because of its close connection to Mayor Steve Benjamin, Jonathan Pinson — former board chair of South Carolina State University and business partner of Benjamin’s — was found guilty July 3 on 29 charges of public corruption.
Local and State News

The Volatile Price of Dying

Costs for Services Vary Sharply Among Columbia Funeral Homes
By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
If there’s one purchase where people avoid comparison shopping, it might well be the one we can all expect to deal with: a funeral service.
Local and State News

Reality TV Star Launches Independent Senate Bid

By Corey Hutchins | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Reality TV star Thomas Ravenel, a former Republican who left the state treasurer’s office in 2007 and spent 10 months in prison on federal drug charges, says he’ll run as an independent in the race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Lexington News Briefs

Lexington Moves to Extend Sunday Alcohol Sales

Also: Chapin Group Launches Drive to Change Town's Form of Government
By Al Dozier | Monday, July 7, 2014
Business. Brief.

Startups Pitch at Main Street Tech Event

Main Street Hopping as Conference, First Thursday Happen Simultaneously
By Dan Cook | Friday, May 2, 2014
My Turn

Can Corporations Pray?

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Continues Trend of Granting Individual Rights to Companies
By Free Times | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
City Watch

Kelly Hunnewell Remembered, Bond Reform Forgotten

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Lighter Side
Crime Blotter

Franks & Beans in Downtown Columbia

Plus: Car Thief Abandons LeSabre
Rant & Rave

Doesn’t He Have a Federal Cocaine Charge?

Plus: Rant & Rave Makes Crazies Feel Comfortable
Featured Messages

Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:

100 State St., 803-791-3443
West Columbia

Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

The Vista, Columbia

Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

West Columbia

Il Giorgione
 Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063

The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


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