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Betty Tatum Flinsch, former teacher at Dreher High School, checks out the tomatoes at Richland Mall’s Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, August 16.

Betty Tatum Flinsch, former teacher at Dreher High School, checks out the tomatoes at Richland Mall’s Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, August 16.

USC spending 460 million on housing

The University of South Carolina and a private developer plan to tear down four 1970s- era dorms—including Bates House and Bates West— and replace them with buildings up to six stories tall. Price for the project is $460 million.

City unveils development plan

The City of Columbia has unveiled a development for the Capital Mill District. Details are available at

BullStreet changing development plans

BullStreet master developer Hughes Development Corp. has fired its retail recruiter and is changing its marketing strategy to promote smaller parcels and let the district evolve in stages.

Unemployment rate steady at 3.9 percent

South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July from June’s revised rate of 3.9 percent. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the last time the unemployment rate was below 4 percent, before the latest revisions, was in November 2000.

Senior community going up

The Watercrest Senior Living Group is building a 92,000 square-foot community with 107 units adjacent to the intersection of Clemson and Hardscrabble roads.

State suing opioid maker

Attorney General Alan Wilson is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs, claiming the company unfairly and deceptively marketed opioids, which helped create and fuel South Carolina’s opioid epidemic.

Panera Bread adding delivery

The Panera Bread café at Harbison is offering small order delivery service, one of 14 in South Carolina and Georgia. The company offers delivery within a designated 8-minute delivery radius from the café.

Bank donating to Midlands nonprofits

Bank of America is donating $72,000 to seven Midlands nonprofits to support youth workforce development. The organizations are Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, City Year, Columbia Urban League, EdVenture, Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Midlands Housing Alliance, and Midlands Middle College

West Columbia hotel now open

The 108-suite Residence Inn Columbia West/Lexington is open at 122 Mathias Road in West Columbia. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Lexington Medical Hotel Associates, LLC, and managed by Solara Hospitality of Columbia.

Lexington getting boutique butcher shop

The owners of the Kingsman Que and Brew in Lexington have opened The Royal Butcher, a boutique butcher shop, at 924-B E. Main Street in Lexington.

USC economic impact is $5.5 billion

The annual statewide economic impact of the University of South Carolina system now totals $5.5 billion, supporting one in 35 jobs statewide and generating nearly $220 million in tax revenue, according to a study by the Darla Moore School of Business.

S.C. has poor health care ranking

South Carolina ranked seventh among the bottom 10 states for health care in a newly released analysis by a personal-finance website WalletHub.

MUSC is state’s top hospital

Medical University Hospital in Charleston was again named the best hospital in South Carolina out of eight ranked by U. S. News & World Report. Providence Hospital in Columbia ranked fifth.

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