Lexington County’s Pennies for Progress Commission has released a tentative list of projects to be funded by a proposed penny on the dollar sales tax that would have to be approved by voters in November.
At the top of the list of 139 projects are nearly $200 million in transportation improvements that would go into road paving and extensions, sidewalks and other infrastructure projects.
Major road projects in the plan include widening Longs Pond Road off I-20, adding a new entrance off I-26 to an industrial area near Cayce and widening Columbia Avenue from I-26 through the center of Chapin.
The list also includes baseball fields in Gaston, civic centers in Gaston and Swansea, and library upgrades in Lexington, Cayce-West Columbia and Irmo.
The tax is estimated to raise $290 million over a period of eight years.
Coroner Filing Now Open
Two candidates have filed for the office of Lexington County Coroner, a position left vacant by the recent death of Harry Harman.
So far, candidates seeking the Republican nomination on the July 1 primary ballot are former Richland County coroner Frank Barron and former police officer Clay Burkett. Barron lost a challenge to Harman in 2012. Radio broadcaster Charlie Benton considered running but decided not to, according to The State.
Gov. Nikki Haley appointed veteran forensic scientist Earl Wells to handle the job on an interim basis.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations 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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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.
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.
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