Emanuel AME Survivors Address DNC

Plus, Andre Bauer Is on TV Again
By Eva Moore | Thursday, July 28, 10:12 am
The day's news from Columbia, S.C.

Ballpark Digest Hails Fireflies’ Stadium as Park of the Year

Plus, Benjamin Makes Speech at DNC
By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 27, 9:16 am
A look at headlines in Columbia and around the world.

USC Charging New $250 Fee for Greek Members

Money would cover meeting facility and parking garage, but fraternity leader fears rising costs will hurt recruitment
By Andy Shain | Thursday, July 21, 12:03 pm
The University of South Carolina will start charging most fraternity and sorority members on campus $250 a year to pay for building a new meeting facility and parking garage, but a Greek leader fears the new fee could hurt recruitment.

Haley’s Office Can Use Free USC Football Tickets and Suite, But Only for State Business

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 20, 4:02 pm
The University of South Carolina can continue to give season football tickets and use of a suite at Williams-Brice Stadium to the office of Gov. Nikki Haley, but the state Ethics Commission has modified its opinion the permissible use of the tickets.
News. Brief.

Davis Tapped to Lead Richland Two Schools

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Baron R. Davis will be the next superintendent of schools in Richland District Two. The Richland Two board named Davis the district’s superintendent elect for the 2016-17 school year, and he will become the superintendent for the 2017-18 year.
Local and State News

Vista Leaves City Center Yellowshirt Deal, Operating Its Own “Clean and Safe” Team

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
In a blow to connectivity between two key downtown Columbia districts, the Congaree Vista Guild is now operating its own hospitality tax-funded “clean and safe” team and has ended its nearly two-year “yellowshirt” arrangement with Columbia’s City Center Partnership.
Local and State News

Watchdog: Ethics Commission Opinion “Ill-Advised”

By Chris Trainor | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The state Ethics Commission says it’s OK for politicians to use campaign contribution dollars to pay their own family members for various campaign services, provided those services are “bona fide.”
Local and State News

Hitting the High Note: Columbia Creating a College Marching Band Championship

By Andy Shain | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Columbia wants to be known for something other than being hot.
Growth & Development

Pressure Is on for SCE&G to Lessen Rate Hikes, Rein in Nuke Spending

By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A coalition of public interest groups announced a campaign last week to put pressure on South Carolina Electric & Gas to reduce the utility’s recently announced 3 percent rate hike.

Opinion

City Watch

Lexington Medical Center Jumps the Shark with Fraud Case Comments

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Sound Off

College Police Chief Shows Little Respect

Plus: Why Asking About Black-On-Black Crime is ‘Inhumane’
By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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