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A first look at Columbia’s proposed budget for the next year reveals a water and sewage rate hike averaging 9.5 percent for in-city residents, a step back from the earlier suggested 12 percent increase.
A South Carolina teen tried to run cyclists off the road with his car, threw fireworks at them and spit at them during a months-long effort to seek revenge for two friends' deaths in a vehicle accident, the sheriff's office said.
I’d argue that Walter Scott shouldn’t have even been shot at, let alone shot. North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager had his driver’s license and Mr. Scott had fled, leaving his car — and a passenger — behind. Officer Slager knew who Mr. Scott was; officers could have picked him up another time.
A proposed development could have been a sign of the boom starting to stretch north of Columbia’s traditional downtown area. But does this mean the city’s multi-family downtown housing trend isn’t yet ready to cross the Elmwood Avenue divide?