No Deal, Jimmy

By Chris Trainor | Thursday, December 18, 9:14 am
A look at news in the Midlands and across the Palmetto State.

Dead Horses Found in Laurens County

Also: Metts Resigns, Accepts Plea Deal
By Dan Cook | Wednesday, December 17, 9:36 am
More than 20 dead horses were found in Laurens County, according to NBC affiliate WYFF-4 in the Upstate.
News. Brief.

Metts Expected to Plead Guilty

By Free Times | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Longtime Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is expected to plead guilty in federal court, according to the Associated Press.
Local and State News

Police Chief, City Manager Make Play to Recruit, Retain Police Officers

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Columbia Police Department has trouble recruiting and retaining officers. The department currently has 45 vacant police officer positions, a number Chief Skip Holbrook calls “an unprecedented high.”
Local and State News

Solar Power Gets Boost with Net Metering Agreement

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Although environmentalists and power company officials are often at odds, they were on the same page on Dec. 11 when both sides reached a settlement agreement over solar net metering.
Local and State News

DSS Gets New Director

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
“A lot of chaos.” Those were the words Gov. Nikki Haley used Dec. 10 to describe the state of affairs surrounding the South Carolina Department of Social Services this year.
Local and State News

South Carolina Places 42nd in National Health Rankings

Richland County Ranks Ninth in the State; Lexington Ranks Third
By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The ranking is up one spot from a year ago and two spots from 2012.
Growth & Development

Local Bike Co-Op Gets a Home

Group Aims to Help Cyclists, Foster More Bike-Friendly Community
By David Travis Bland | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
You might not know there’s an organization in Columbia that fixes bikes for free, teaches about safety and provides refurbished bikes on the cheap, as well as fosters community for cyclers.
USC & Higher Education

Alumnify Aims to Bring Donor Relations Into the 21st Century

Local Startup App Forms Online Communities of Alumni
By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A year and a half ago, A.J. Agrawal and Eghosa Aihie were living in a car, wondering if they had made a big mistake.
Lexington News Briefs

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Prayer at School Board Meetings

Also: Lexington 3 Superintendent Chester Floyd Retiring
By Al Dozier | Saturday, December 13, 2014
Students and the Freedom from Religion Foundation argued that such prayers violated the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
Business. Brief.

SOCO Event Highlights Columbia Creatives

Pecha Kucha Night Draws Crowd to Vista Co-Working Space
By Xavier Edwards | Monday, December 15, 2014
The format for Columbia’s Pecha Kucha Night Vol. IV, held on Dec. 12 in the co-working space SOCO in the Vista, was simple enough: A handful of Columbia’s most creative minds gave presentations on what they love and what drives them.
Opinion
City Watch

Bringing Down Harrell Was Women’s Work

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sound Off

Fisher’s Assault on Runyan Unjustified

By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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