‘He never let us down:’ Rep. Neal remembered as champion for voiceless

State Rep. Joe Neal was remembered Monday as a man who wore many hats but remained true to God, himself and the “underdogs” that he represented at the State House. More than 2,000 filled the pews of Columbia’s First Nazareth Baptist Church to mourn the pastor and Richland Democrat who died unexpectedly at 66 last Tuesday.

This business-friendly bill is friendly to some businesses — but not most

For years, businesses have complained about the hassle of local business license taxes: separate forms to fill out in every jurisdiction, with different deadlines and different bookkeeping requirements everywhere they do business. Finally, a bill in the House would standardize all that — and do a whole lot more.

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Apartment fire off Garners Ferry Road

Columbia firefighters respond to a two-alarm apartment fire Monday afternoon on Burnside Drive near Garners Ferry Road and I-77.
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Apartment fire off Garners Ferry Road 0:48

Apartment fire off Garners Ferry Road

USC's Frank Martin previews Florida Gators vs. Gamecocks matchup 2:56

USC's Frank Martin previews Florida Gators vs. Gamecocks matchup

Frank Martin on criticisms of the State of South Carolina 0:56

Frank Martin on criticisms of the State of South Carolina

Frank Martin on underhand free throws: Its not sexy, but it works for Canyon Barry 1:37

Frank Martin on underhand free throws: Its not sexy, but it works for Canyon Barry