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WaterCooler ○ Former Gamecock Football star Jadeveon Clowneyhas officially signed with NFL team the Tennessee Titans. Jadeveon spent last season with the Seattle Seahawks and the prior five seasons with the Houston Texans. (The State)
SodaCitizen ○ Tyler Bass, an Irmo native and Dutch Fork High School graduate, was named the starting kicker for the NFL team the Buffalo Bills last week. Tyler was a sixth-round draft pick from Georgia Southern + will kick off the season Sept. 13 against the New York Jets. (Cola Daily)
Drink ○ Before you fall into PSL season, the local experts at Bottles recommend these 7 trendy summer beveragesfor soaking up the last days of summer. Shop these picks (available now) at Bottleson Fort Jackson Blvd. 🍹Ⓟ
Dish ○ In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Village Idiot Pizzais giving awayfree pizza for a year to one lucky individual. To enter, tag the restaurant on social media (@idiotpizza on Instagram) with your favorite pizza. The contest ends Sept. 15.
UofSC ○ Former Gamecock Football head coach Lou Holtzwill be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his humanitarian work + his coaching skills. Coach Holtz was at UofSC from 1999 to 2004. A date to receive the award has not yet been set. (WLTX)
Vote ○ICYMI, August marked the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Nephron President + CEO Lou Kennedyjoined women from across SC to celebrate this important milestone. Ⓟ
Events ○ Moms and Mimosas | Sept. 8 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Grand | Free | Celebrate the kids heading back to school with $10 mimosa flights + brunch. 🥂 ○ Reader’s Morning Out | Sept. 8 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Engage in a virtual book club discussion of Women of Troublesome Creek with Richland Library.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
How does a socially distanced concert sound to you? Next month, Historic Columbia is hosting Music in the Gardens with the South Carolina Philharmonic at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. The gates will open at 5 p.m. + the concert will begin at 6 p.m. and last for an hour.
Tickets will be required and can be purchased here.
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○ Tomorrow, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free COVID-19 testing hosted by Lexington Medical Center and DHEC will be available at Brookland United Methodist Church(541 Meeting St., West Columbia). Individuals will need to wear a face mask and have a valid ID; appointments will not be required.
○ In a recent WalletHub study, South Carolinarankedno. 5 of states whose unemployment numbers are recovering the quickest since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ranking comes from claim numbers from last week. Overall, SC is ranked no. 39 in recovery speed. (WalletHub)
○ Looking for a free COVID-19 test this week? Check out this listof numerous free testing locations throughout the Midlands. (WLTX)
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