The one man challenging current Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott appears to have received a hefty donation from an important Midlands politician. According to State Ethics Commission donation filings, former SLED agent and South Carolina football player James Flowers has received a $1,000 donation from Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Mayor Steve Benjamin says auditing all 88 H-tax recipients would be an "assault on the arts." Photo by Thomas Hammond Since its creation several years ago, One Columbia for Arts and History has been almost completely funded by City of Columbia hospitality tax dollars.
The Columbia Fireflies had a successful home opener as they beat the Greenville Drive in the first game in their brand new ballpark. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with the six people who named the team, got to throw out ceremonial first pitches.