Columbia’s Paul Grant has more people to sell to than he did earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the typical restaurant customers of his Freshly Grown Farms have reopened as South Caroli…
If this were another summer, maybe things would be different.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Linda Bell has toiled in the realm of public health in South Carolina.
Back in late December, Free Times ran a cover package with the headline “2020 Vision: Stories to Follow as a New Decade Dawns in Columbia.” Wh…
Some stories can never hope to span the entirety of their chosen subjects. And some issues, while timely in the present tense, should never le…
This year’s list of the most powerful people in Columbia is a little different.
He stands there, watching over it all.
As Free Times went to press Monday, protests in Columbia had been going for nine days, taking aim at police brutality and systemic racism in r…
Through the early afternoon on Saturday, May 30, the only problems with the I Can’t Breathe South Carolina protest were trivial.
This time of year, no matter what’s going on in the world, people will always want to get outside.
As South Carolina reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Phill Blair doesn’t have to look far to gauge how people attending events might act when…
As doors reopen, workers return and interact with the public, and the public interacts with each other, again. It’s a situation that indisputably creates a higher chance of coronavirus continuing to spread. For workers, it creates a crushing dilemma between returning to work or prioritizing their health — and that of the public at large.
It's a cool but bright spring morning, and activity is swirling at the Columbia Fire Department’s training center just off Bluff Road in south…
Darrell Barnes has been stripping the walls at Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern of 43 years worth of memories.
Kambrell Garvin has a knack for summing things up.
For the BullStreet District, this was supposed to be the spring when the ball started to roll downhill.
John Katz isn’t entirely sure what to do with himself these days.
The message, at this point, couldn’t be much clearer.
Cabin fever. Stir crazy. Cooped up. Regardless of what label you attach to it, that restless internal feeling that bubbles to the surface when you’ve been stuck inside for too long is relatable to almost everyone.
It’s not easy to get an entire city to change the way it goes about its daily life.
At this point, any large event slated for the next three months that isn’t already either canceled or postponed is in serious jeopardy.
When you live in a town, you’re not the most likely to frequent its hotels. So Columbia residents might not realize that our downtown is enjoy…
It’s a brisk February evening, and Main Street’s Hendrix is bumping.
In November, third-term Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced he would be supporting billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in his run for the Democratic nomination for president.
The 78-year-old senator rides into South Carolina’s Feb. 29 “First in the South” Democratic primary on a wave of momentum, having finished at or near the top of the Democratic field in contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
It increasingly seems as if there is the potential that it could be the place where Biden's political house burns down.
The Columbia beer scene is changing. Conquest Brewing Company, the first production brewery to open in Columbia since prohibition, ceased oper…
These days, there isn’t much in Fat Rat da Czar’s life that you can’t trace back to Love, Peace & Hip-Hop and its annual Hip-Hop Family Da…
As the guitarist of Metallica, Kirk Hammett has always had a knack for bringing flashes of bright tones and classically inspired flourishes to…
Some names just ring out more than others.
“Why Annual Manual?” you might ask.
Since premiering in 2003, the Broadway smash Wicked has upended the traditional portrayal of one of film and literature’s most famous villains.
South Carolina lawmakers always have a big slate in front of them at the outset of a new legislative year. But the 2020 session — which began …
It’s hard to overstate the cultural impact of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Calendars are a construct. They’re a human conceptualization of the passage of time, incremented into 365-day intervals because laps around th…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also one of the most stressful, tiring and suffocating spots on the calendar.
There are people in Columbia who will go to what some might consider unwise lengths to cop a particularly desirable pair of sneakers.
“I’m a motherf#!kin’ train wreck / I don’t wanna be too much,” sings Ariana Grande on the first verse of “Boyfriend,” her latest collaboration…
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, every family has its own little quirks.
When you hear the “zap” you know things are about to get serious.
The Richland County one-cent sales tax increase for transportation was born in controversy.
Two years ago, few people seemed interested in running for Columbia City Council.
Phill Blair admits that the most striking aspect of this week’s Jam Room Music Festival wasn’t intentional. At least, not at first.
This spring and summer, the University of South Carolina’s faculty, students, alumni and several local elected officials got a rude awakening …
The ride was called the Himalaya.
In 30 years, S.C. Pride has shifted from a protest by a group viewed as outsiders seeking equality and acceptance to an annual celebration, 80,000 strong, largely embraced by the city of Columbia and the surrounding area. The weekend-long Pride events start Friday.
She still has the shoulders. They are the shoulders of a swimmer.