Columbia residents reflect on the solar eclipse

Months after the August total solar eclipse, residents of Columbia, South Carolina, still share their experiences of being in the path of totality and their thoughts on the universe now.

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U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

Lexington County’s top-priority transportation project is under fire from a grocery store owner who says it will kill a chunk of his business. While supporters of raising the county’s sales tax say realigning Mineral Springs and Hope Ferry roads at U.S. 378 will eliminate a dangerous bottleneck, Ed Elbrecht, owner of 14 Carrot Whole Foods,… Read More U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

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Sales Tax Proposal forces Chapin to Assess its Future

  Lexington County’s potential sales tax increase has highlighted Chapin’s debate about what it wants to be. There’s consensus on the need to upgrade the roads, especially the main route into the once-rural town now surrounded by suburbia. But how to pay for it is the issue.

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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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