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Past articles by Bristow:

Bikers for Trump founder says he’ll challenge SC’s Joe Cunningham for Congress seat

Chris Cox, the SC man who founded Bikers for Trump, announced Sunday he is running for Congress against Charleston’s Joe Cunningham. Cox is the most recent Republican to challenge the congressman in 2020. → Read More

Billy Bob Thornton will give away his shirt at band’s Columbia show. How you can win

Actor Billy Bob Thornton and his band the Boxmasters will perform at The Senate in Columbia, South Carolina, in July. If you’ve ever wanted to see Thornton before, and not just in a movie, now’s your chance. → Read More

Confederate flag rally planned for day of racial justice event at SC State House

A group of Confederate flag supporters will rally ahead of a racial justice event meant to counter a Confederate flag rally on the anniversary of the Confederate flag coming down on the SC State House. → Read More

Someone in SC has a $2 million winning lottery ticket

Someone in South Carolina doubled their lottery winnings on July 3. A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in the state with a winning “Power Play” option that doubled their winnings, but they were one short of the jackpot. → Read More

Meth suspect was placed in handcuffs. He tried to run anyway, police say

A suspect who was placed in handcuffs by Kershaw County SC sheriff’s deputies attempted to run from a drug search. Brian Mitchell was quickly apprehended and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. → Read More

101-year-old SC man missing

Police say 101-year-old Clinton Kearse went missing from his Orangeburg, SC, home near William Clark Middle School. Anyone who sees him is asked to contact the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. → Read More

Richland County OKs Blythewood golf course housing, residents seek compromise

Richland County Council voted to allow a re-zoning that will turn an unused golf course near Blythewood, SC into residential homes, despite neighbors’ objection to building the houses near Columbia. → Read More

A new group arises to fly the Confederate flag at the SC State House this summer

After a split in the SC Secessionist Party and efforts by a racial justice group to preempt the raising of the Confederate flag at the State House, it looked like the anniversary event wouldn’t go forward this year. → Read More

Russian trolls are coming for 2020, smarter than ever, Clemson researchers warn

2 Clemson University professors built a database of tweets sent by Russian trolls. Now the SC college professors are warning that social media will be a bigger battle ground in the 2020 election. → Read More

A racial justice group replaced a Confederate flag rally at the SC State House

The Columbia SC chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice didn’t want the South Carolina Secessionist Party to raise the Confederate flag at the State House on this year’s anniversary of its removal. → Read More

Upscale burger bar coming to Forest Acres

The new development on the site of the old Cardinal Newman School has its first tenant. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar will open its first Columbia, SC, location in the Cardinal Crossing in Forest Acres. → Read More

Penny tax group says it can move roads projects forward. Richland County doesn’t bite

Richland County Council did not commit to moving forward Tuesday with a proposal to reformat the county’s penny tax-funded roads program pitched by the private partnership that manages the program, months before its contract with the county comes to an end. → Read More

Richland County may drop these road projects from the penny tax program

Facing rising cost estimates, Richland County SC is considering dropping some projects from its penny tax program. County council will meet on Tuesday to discuss savings to complete projects within budget. → Read More

75 years ago today, SC executed a black teenager after a three-hour trial

George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African-American teen, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in a matter of hours in 1944 for the murders of two white girls in Clarendon County, SC. He remains the youngest person legally executed in the United States in the past century. → Read More

2 SC police officers injured, hospitalized in interstate wreck

Two Goose Creek, SC, police officers were taken to the hospital after being injured in a multi-car collision on Interstate 26 early Friday morning. Four cars were involved in the rear-end wreck on the interstate. → Read More

He promised her shelter and money. He forced her into sex for money, deputies say

Lexington County SC sheriff’s deputies have charged a man with human trafficking after deputies say he forced a woman to perform sex for money with threats of violence. Gino Smith is being held in detention. → Read More

Barre3 opens new Columbia location, with nail salon as an added bonus

Workout studio barre3 is opening a new space on Devine Street in Columbia, SC, with Nail Barre, a new nail salon, in the back. The studio and salon will hold a week of promotions to mark the move from Rosewood. → Read More

Richland County raises public defender’s pay to match prosecutors’

Richland County’s public defenders are getting a pay raise. The lawyers who go to court to provide defense for low-income people will be paid the same as prosecutors in the solicitor’s office in new budget. → Read More

‘Drainage emergency’ to close portion of Gervais Street for nearly a week

A portion of Gervais Street will close for nearly a week, sending local Columbia SC traffic on a detour. The South Carolina DOT is blaming a ‘drainage emergency’ for the planned closure this weekend. → Read More

You have one week to win SC’s alligator hunting lottery

South Carolina’s DNR is holding a lottery to award hunting licenses for this year’s alligator season. To have a chance to hunt gators this year, you need to enter the drawing by June 15, 2019. → Read More