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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought life in Columbia to a relative standstill. But Free Times presses on, looking for ways to better serve the Midlands during this pandemic.

We continue to explore the coronavirus' impact on the Midlands — such as in Chris Trainor's recent cover story about the disease's disproportionate effect on the African American community — making all such stories free, with no need for an online subscription

We’ve partnered with One Columbia, Richland Library and SceneSC for the new performance series 1 or 2, through which we’re bringing you local art across different disciplines, and giving the artists a paycheck during these lean times. Look for these weekly posts, also presented for free, at

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