There are a lot of intense events happening right now and so much uncertainty, so we thought we’d bring you some good news today.
You might have free money. Jess here, yes I said free money — and no, it’s not a scam nor does it require a complicated process in order to claim your cash.
We do not suggest you throw your money in the air. Pockets, wallets + purses are more practical.| GIF by Giphy
Anyone with a last-known address in South Carolina may have unclaimed money that the state is holding. It could be an old utility deposit you forgot about or an old payroll check that didn’t make it to an address before you moved.
If a company tries to send the money but it doesn’t make it, that money goes to the Office of the South Carolina State Treasurer. Then, the state tries to find the rightful owner. If that person has died, the appropriate family member can claim it. There is no time limit for residents to make claims.
Do you have any unclaimed money, honey? Here’s how to start your treasure hunt:
○ Click here for the state’s unclaimed money search, and from there, click the gold magnifying glass button that says, “Search for Unclaimed Property” 💰
○ Enter your last + first name where it says, “Name search.”
○ You also have the option of adding in more details with an “advanced search,” by entering the city. Either way, you’ll be prompted to another page, with names + addresses.
○ Search the list of names to see if your name is there, along with a familiar address. If it is, click the claim button on the left side.
○ Once you have selected all the options with your name and address select view your unclaimed property at the bottom of the screen.
○ There’s a short form that asks you for your social security number, along with a bit more basic information. 🕵️
○ Type that info in to make your claim + voilà, information on how much money you may be owed will appear.
○ From there, state officials go through a due diligence process to make sure the right person is claiming the money. Claims can take several weeks to process. ⌚
Times are tough + we could all use a little help now and then. Make sure to share this with someone you know who may be a little strapped for cash right now.
○ On Thursday, DHEC announced1,723 new cases of coronavirus and 22 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 50,548, and the total deaths to 897.
○ In an interview on Wednesday, Gamecock Athletic Director Ray Tannerstated that he is optimistic for UofSC football in the fall. Plans are being reviewed to limit the number of fans allowed in Williams-Brice Stadium to approx. 15,000-20,000. While he doesn’t think the season will be cancelled, Tanner said game dates may need to be adjusted to ensure a safe environment. (WLTX)
○ According to SC State Fair officials, plans to hold the fair October 14-25, with COVID-19 precautions in place, are moving forward. The Competitive Exhibit Call for entries has been moved online + will open August 1. (WIS)
○ SCDEW reported 16,000+ new unemployment claims last week – which is only a small change from the week before. Approx. 650,000 South Carolinians have filed for unemployment since mid-March. (WLTX)
○ The Harbison Theaterhas postponed its season until January. Many shows that were cancelled due to the pandemic have been rescheduled for spring. View an updated list of rescheduled shows here. (Free Times)
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Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Columbia’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
What an ‘ice’ surprise.Riverbanks Zoo and Garden gave us all a sneak peak of two rockhopper penguin chicks that hatched about a month ago.
Tune in to their social media channels over the weekend for more updates + a glimpse at their first vet exam.
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Development ○ Nephron Pharmaceuticals Co.announced plans to expand operations in Lexington County to include new offices, warehouse and production space. The company’s $215.8 million investment will create 380 new jobs + the expansion is expected to be finalized by early 2021.
Number ○ $2.4 Million. The funding that Gov. Henry McMasteris allocating from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to the state’s eight HBCUs. The funds will be used to support online instruction at each institution with $547,539 dedicated to Benedict College + $217,527 to Allen University.(ABC Columbia)
Dish ○ Have a sweet tooth? A new food truck, called Sweet Dreams Edible Cookie Dough Company, is bringingedible cookie dough to the Midlands. A Lexington couple started the business after they noticed an increase in demand for mobile food trucks + there are eight cookie dough flavors to try, including chocolate chip and red velvet. (Cola Daily)
Outdoors ○ Tune in today at 4 p.m. for a virtual Q+A with April Jones of Pinehurst Farmers Market as she answers all questions about starting your own farmers market and growing veggies at home. Ask a Sista Farmer Fridays will be on Facebook Live.
ForKids ○ The Richland Library + Columbia Museum of Art are hosting a virtual cartoon workshop with two-time Grammy nominated illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor. Participants will get a close-up cartoon and illustration workshop from Taylor’s own desk at home. Tune into Richland Library’s Facebook Page today at 10:30 a.m. to participate.
Community ○ Mayor Steve Benjamin + advisor Sam Johnson, in collaboration with Team Tenth, will host an Instagram Live discussion called ‘The State of Young Black Columbia’ tonight at 7:00 p.m. The conversation is the first in a series of talks and can be viewed on Team Tenth’s Instagram page.
Biz ○ The Blythewood Country Clubhas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Owners say the filing aims to restructure the course’s finances, not close the business.(The State)
Workshop ○ Calling all sales reps. Sandler Training is hosting its four-week Virtual Sales Bootcamp($1995) beginning Tuesday, July 14. The live Zoomclasses will teach students how to understand and implement human attitudes, behaviors + selling techniques to gain confidence, save time on prospects + avoid pitfalls of the sales process. Register. Ⓟ
Cause ○ Panera Bread locations across SC are now accepting donations for the “Summer of Wishes” campaign. Customers have the option of rounding up their total to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish South Carolina,which grants wishes for children with critical illnesses. The donation campaign runs through September 30. (Midlands Biz)
TheBuy ○ Still need a mask?Lakeland Masks offers premium face masks and proprietary filters tooffer maximum protection against harmful environmental contaminants like viruses (read: COVID-19), pollution, dust + smoke. The starter packcomes with one washable mask + two PM2.5 ﬁlters ($19.97). 😷 Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a direct service program of United Way of the Midlands, is seeking School Liaisons to help enroll pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade students in one-to-one reading engagement sessions, educate parents about the importance of reading at home, increase home libraries through book distribution, and promote literacy through general outreach and community engagement. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply here. Ⓟ