Black, Green, McLeod, Heitzman become faces for pro- and anti-tax campaigns

If Lexington County residents want to learn more about the county’s proposed sales tax increase, chances are their information will somehow have come from Talbert Black, Mike Green, Earl McLeod or Tiffany Boyce Heitzman. Those four surfaced as opinion leaders on the issue well before the campaigns heated up this fall. Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Black, Green, McLeod, Heitzman become faces for pro- and anti-tax campaigns

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Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

  Activists in the ground war for public opinion about Lexington County’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase began their campaigns in part by establishing beachheads on social networking sites like Facebook. Campaigners used their pages as low-cost vehicles to interact with residents, distribute talking points and even coordinate their campaign efforts.  Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

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Neighborhood residents want more for Hyatt Park

Columbia’s Hyatt Park could be so much more than what it is today, residents of the surrounding neighborhood say. They want renovations at the 11.5-acre park in North Columbia, and they’re upset at what they say have been the city’s broken promises.

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SC’s naturalist, Rudy Mancke, winding down career, not ending it

Naturalist Rudy Mancke, who taught generations of South Carolinians about nature’s wonders, has “retired.” But don’t tell him his nature walks are over. Mancke reflects on his career and how he plans to continue educating people as long as he can.

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Craft breweries, aided by law changes, making impact on SC economy

Columbia’s craft beer scene is scheduled to grow to three breweries by this summer. With less-restrictive rules on serving beer in tasting rooms and possible liberalization of the rules for brewpubs, South Carolina’s craft beer industry is starting to produce economic benefits.

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Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

Tim Smith has owned Papa Jazz in Five Points for over 30 years and has found himself right in the middle of a vinyl resurgence. We talk with him about the record store business and what he sees ahead. By Zach Newcastle May 6, 2014 Step into Papa Jazz on Greene Street, and the sea… Read More Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

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Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

Village Idiot owners Brian and Kelly Glynn reel college students in with pizza and beer – two late-night favorites. It’s not that simple, though, to avoid the fate of so many Five Points bars that are now just memories. The Glynns understand it takes more than just good food and cheap drinks to keep customers… Read More Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

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New restaurant wants to take the world by storm – one strip of bacon at a time

Bacon is the ingredient of choice at Sizzle, a restaurant Chef Gary Uwanawich and his business partner, Matthew Canyes, are opening in Five Points. They say their creative take on the classic ingredient will create unique, inventive dishes.

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Developer: Tax rules hinder Curtiss-Wright Hangar restoration

It’s been more than two years since a developer said he wanted to restore the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport. Businessman Scott Linaberry says he’s having trouble securing investors, and he blames the tax code.

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Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

Classical Glass of South Carolina owners Bill and Hi Roberson lead a double artistic life. You’ll find them in films like “Forrest Gump” and “Radio,” and you’ll find their stained-glass work in churches throughout the area, at a Georgia vineyard and at Fort Jackson, among other places. By Kathryn Duggan April 24, 2014 As sunlight… Read More Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

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