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What's going on in the Midlands on Dec. 26?


The news room is a little emptier today with most of our news team taking time off for the holidays, but there's still plenty to cover. Here's what we're working on today:

1. POST-CHRISTMAS SHOPPING -- Just because you finished all of your shopping doesn't mean the shopping season is over. Gift cards and cash are just two of the most received gifts during Christmas, so expect to see traffic in Columbia's big retail spots.

2. GRINDING OF THE GREENS -- Believe it or not, there are folks in the Midlands who take their Christmas decorations down as soon as the last present is torn into. Keep the Midlands Beautiful is offering "Grinding of the Greens" at a variety of locations throughout Richland and Lexington Counties.

3. FIRE DANGERS -- It's finally winter time, and that means the heat will be on in houses all over the Midlands. However, it's important to maintain your fireplaces and kerosene heaters because of the dangers of a fire starting in your home. Our Jennifer Emert will be taking a look at some steps you can take to avoid a heartbreaking winter fire.

4. DEADLY 2012 -- It was another bad statistical year for South Carolina drivers. Chelsea Washington is going to break down the numbers for you.

5. WET, RAINY WEDNESDAY -- Perhaps you woke up this morning to the sound of rain splashing your window. You probably weren't the only one. Tim Miller and Von Gaskin will tell you how much rain we got and what the rest of the day will turn out.

6. GAMECOCKS IN TAMPA AND TIGERS IN ATLANTA -- Bowl season will begin to crank up this weekend, and the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers will be finishing up practice for their bowl games. The Gamecocks kickoff against the Michigan Wolverines at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day, and the Tigers kickoff against the LSU Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

7. NEW CITY MANAGER? -- Columbia City Council is holding a special meeting on Dec. 27 to discuss the employment of the city manager position. Current City Manager Steve Gantt said back in July he wanted to stay for only one more year and train his replacement during his last 6 months.

8. TO LIVE AND RETIRE IN COLUMBIA -- Money Magazine just named Columbia as one of the 25 best cities to retire. Stephen Hooker is going to show us what makes the Capital City stand out. 

We hope you'll join us today with a plate of leftover Christmas food for the News at Noon, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11.

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