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Sarah Ellis

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Columbia, SC, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Complaints about ex-Columbia police chief revealed years later. Did city investigate?

When ex-Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott resigned, he was being accused of misconduct, having sex with employees. A lawsuit revealed the claims years later, but it’s not clear if officials investigated Scott. → Read More

Popular brunch spot temporarily closed, cat cafe closed for good on State Street

West Columbia SC’s Catitude Cat Cafe on State Street has closed, while its neighbor, 116 Espresso and Wine Bar restaurant, is taking a break during a remodel and change of ownership. → Read More

99-year-old Moe Levy’s store, a Columbia icon, is closing

Moe Levy’s Army surplus store is closing after almost 100 years of business in downtown Columbia SC. It had moved from the corner of Lady and Assembly streets, where it also ran a pawn shop, to Laurel Street. → Read More

Richland County might save more than $4 million a year by nixing penny tax group

Richland County, South Carolina, will move the management of its $1 billion penny-tax funded transportation improvement program to in-house staff, cutting ties with the PDT private group after its contract expires. → Read More

Want to party in a Cockaboose? They cost more than a house — but, boy, are they sweet

Three Cockaboose tailgating cars are for sale near the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football stadium. They don’t sell cheap, but they’re an iconic part of the USC gameday experience. → Read More

How many wings can 25,000 basketball fans eat? Columbia restaurants brace for crowds

Columbia SC restaurants, including Wild Wing Cafe, Motor Supply and Thirsty Fellow, brace for big crowds during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, when Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma and Ole Miss fans come to town. → Read More

This Columbia restaurant is one of the 5 best in the South, Southern Living says

Columbia SC’s Motor Supply Co. Bistro was voted one of Southern Living’s 2019 South’s Best restaurants. The magazine ranks the downtown Columbia restaurant with Charleston’s Husk, New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace and others. → Read More

Gutted Devine St. TitleMax getting torn down. Owner plans ‘something...much nicer’

Former TitleMax on Devine Street will be torn down soon, owner says. Jim Pagett expreses relief for the razing project that’s lingered since the 2015 flood. He promises a family friendly development will go in. → Read More

With 25,000 basketball fans heading to town, Columbia’s ready to show off

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is expected to bring 25,000 visitors to Columbia SC for games March 22-24. Duke and North Carolina could play here. Find information about events, parking and more. → Read More

Another restaurant closes in downtown Columbia’s Vista

Newk’s Eatery, a casual dining restaurant known for its sandwiches and soups, has closed on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia SC in the Vista district. It was located between Grill Marks and Twisted Spur. → Read More

State issues public reprimand to Hilton Head principal after sexual misconduct investigation

The South Carolina Department of Education’s board publicly reprimanded Hilton Head Island High School principal Amanda O’Nan on Tuesday after investigation into whether she had sex with deputy on school grounds. → Read More

26-year-old Columbia Council candidate wants more millennials in local government

Dylan Gunnels is running in the 2019 Columbia City Council election for an at-large seat held by Councilman Howard Duvall. Gunnels, who is gay and works for a Lutheran nonprofit serving refugees. → Read More

How SC churches are dealing with ‘hurt’ in the wake of Methodist LGBT decision

South Carolina Methodist churches are struggling with how to respond to a recent vote by the international United Methodist Conference that strengthened a ban on same-sex marriages and LGBT clergy. → Read More

What’s Columbia really been missing? An arcade bar. Yeah, it’s happening

Transmission Arcade + Bar plans to open in Columbia SC, featuring pinball and classic games such as Donkey Kong and Frogger, plus local beers and wine. It is starting with a pop-up event at Craft And Draft. → Read More

Making Columbia a ‘City of Women’: Group advocates for representation on landmarks

Columbia City of Women, a project by Historic Columbia and the SC Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, highlights gender inequality in the naming of streets and landmarks. It will honor 12 significant women. → Read More

Downtown Tex-Mex restaurant closes

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, a Tex-Mex taco restaurant, has closed its Gervais Street location in Columbia SC’s Vista district downtown. Craft Axe Throwing recently opened beside the now-closed restaurant. → Read More

Richland Renaissance has been resurrected. Here’s how it’s changed

Richland Renaissance, a countywide development plan, is back under consideration by Richland County Council. It still includes a courthouse and county offices but nixes acquatics center and transportation hub. → Read More

One of Columbia’s oldest stores is returning to its Five Points roots

Gibson’s, a longtime gift shop in Columbia SC, is moving back to Saluda Avenue in Five Points downtown. The 64-year-old shop has been on Devine Street and Forest Drive. It’s known for stationary and goodies. → Read More

Rosso Trattoria Italian restaurant closes

Rosso Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in Forest Acres’ Trenholm Plaza, has closed. Owner Richard Couture wrote in a Facebook post that he hopes to find a new location to re-open the restaurant. → Read More

Year-old AC Flora sports field shut down after complaints. Are others in danger?

A sports field at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia SC has been shut down after complaints of maintenance and safety concerns by parents. Soccer and lacrosse teams, which use the turf field, are beginning their seasons. → Read More