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Dukes said he has seen a steady increase over the years of tourists popping in for some grub while visiting Columbia. “We rely strongly on the local community. We see tourism as our voice outside of Columbia.”
Many are worried about the overpopulation of pit bulls in the state of South Carolina. There is legislation hoping to stop it. Representative Chip Huggins (R-Lexington) said when the issue was brought to his attention he knew something needed to be done.
A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.
Alison VanArsdalen has been teaching for 12 years. She rarely takes a day off, but on Tuesday she didn’t go to work. She is one of the hundreds of teachers who were in Columbia talking to their state senators and state representatives about fixing education in the state.