Mayor Steve Benjamin

You have another chance to win free plane tickets by getting vaccinated in the City of Columbia this week

You can get a free COVID-19 vaccine through Mayor Steve Benjamin’s “It’s YOUR Shot, Columbia” campaign. The next clinic is Wednesday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 1-5 p.m. Anyone who gets vaccinated at this site will have a chance to enter to win two free round trip tickets from American Airlines and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

South Carolina capital’s mayor ponders school mask mandate

By Meg Kinnard

The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city is considering issuing a school mask mandate, a move he says would protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the coronavirus’s resurgence. The effort would put Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, a Democrat, at odds with Republican Gov. Henry McMaster as well as the GOP-controlled Legislature, which recently barred such policies for all public schools.