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January 30, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

On Second Thought

Out in the “Styx:” William W. Moore and the SCNG’s First Home

One of the more recent exhibits at the South Carolina Military Museum covers the early development and history of the South Carolina National Guard. More...

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres More...

ASK ANN...

Does S.C. have dangerous armadillos?

There are 20 known species of armadillo in Latin America, but only the ninebanded armadillo is in South Carolina. The first ones crossed into Texas in the 1880s and have been marching north ever since. More...

Business

Doody Calls attends to your pooper scooper chores

The way Jeff Bolen tells it, his business of picking up is continuing to pick up. More...

Rocket Man: the dueling piano bar, a treat for 21 to 81 year olds

So, what are you doing this weekend? You could also drop by 700 Gervais Street at Rocket Man, the dueling piano bar down in the Vista. More...

City Snippets

Orthopedics urgent care center opens More...

Society

Family and friends surprise 97 year old with 97 cards

Ninety-seven birthday cards awaited Miriam Thomas Brown in her mailbox on her 97th birthday. More...

Charter captain, fishing guide joins Capital Rotary

Michael Glover, the newest member of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club, was inducted by president Mark Bokesch and sponsor Bryan Goodyear at a recent meeting. More...

The Ann Cunningham Chapter of the DAR reflects on Vietnam Vets and their families

On January 7, 2015, The Ann Pamela Cuningham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at The Carriage House at the historic Robert Mills House in Columbia, S.C. More...

Events

Events

•ART University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty on February 6, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. More...

Home & Garden

Growing Ice Flowers

Stopping to smell the flowers

You may grow drought tolerant ice plants, Delosperma, the succulent perennial ground cover with daisy like flowers easily started from seeds. Ice plants go dormant in winter when the peak season for ice flowers is starting. More...

Star Chefs

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert More...

Lexington County Master Gardeners spring 2015 schedule

At the lexington County library branches

• GLAM Program: Pruning, February 7, 10 a.m., with Lexington County Master Gardener Sue Johnston, Batesburg-Leesville Branch, 203 Armory Street, Batesburg, SC 29006 • Garden Presentation: Camellias, February 17, 7 p.m., with Lexington Count More...

Public Notices

Public Notices

NOTICE OF UNCLAIMED VEHICLES/PUBLIC SALE The following vehicles were ordered towed by Law Enforcement and no one has claimed these vehicles as of January 30, 2015. More...

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES

All persons having claims against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of R More...

Legals

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Columbia psychologist inspired by her parents’ stand for civil rights

Columbia clinical psychologist Dr. Anna Smith Griswold vividly remembers the day in 1954 when her father, Moreland G. Smith, drew her aside for a quiet talk in their hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. More...

Sidney Palmer performs Bernie’s March

A Tribute to Sidney Palmer was an evening devoted to the music of American pianist, conductor, and composer Sidney Palmer featuring the USC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neil Casey. More...

News

Columbia City Council member Leona Plaugh returns

Mayor Steve Benjamin opened the Columbia City Council meeting January 27 by officially welcoming back Councilwoman Leona Plaugh, who was met with a standing ovation by those in attendance. More...

Chief Holbrook lays out strategic plan for CCN

After 41 weeks on the job and following a 90 day assessment period, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook presented his strategic plan for the Columbia Police Department to residents at The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods monthly meeting Thursday, Ja More...

Commentary

Political Cartoon

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First Class Drama

I’m just saying...

It seems every time I travel there’s got to be a bit of drama. You would think I could simply get on a plane in one place and get off in another and enjoy the trip, but that just doesn’t happen in my world. More...

Disappearing Pay Phones

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation

Probably half of all living Americans have never used a pay phone; many have no idea what one is. If you’ve actually made a call by depositing quarters into a coin operated apparatus, you are getting old. More...

Education

School Stars

Richland School District Two has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. Richland Two will use the gift to support its districtwide backpack program, provide emergency food supplies for families, and stock school food pantries. More...

Sports

Lady Blue Devils thrive in rivalry week with 2nd win over Lower Richland

The visiting Dreher Lady Blue Devils capped off their rivalry week with a 52- 47 defeat of the Lower Richland Lady Diamond Hornets Friday, January 23. More...

Lady Cardinals handle Heathwood

Cardinal Newman’s Lillie Powers had eight of her ten points in the first quarter, and Sierra Bacon had five of her team- high 12 points in the third quarter to help lead the visiting Lady Cardinals over the Heathwood Hall Lady Highlanders 50-33 More...

Young guns lead Highlanders over Cards

Freshman Matthew Lee and sophomore Josh Caldwell combined for 39 points to lead the homestanding Heathwood Hall Highlanders to a 56-49 win over the Cardinal Newman Cardinals in a SCISA Region I-3A contest Friday January 23. More...

Arts & Entertainment

USC Symphony Orchestra celebrates master of song, Cole Porter

Warm the cold February chill with a tribute to Cole Porter, one of the major songwriters for the Broadway stage. The con- cert takes place at the Koger Center for the Arts Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. More...

Campus MovieFest festival returns to USC

Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival, is returning to USC as part of its 14th annual world tour. More...

Opera at USC presents Mozart’s Cosî fan tutte

Opera at USC will present Cosî fan tutte or The School for Lovers, Mozart’s comic work, filled with improbable situations, plot twists and a hefty dose of cynicism toward love and courtship. More...

Travel

Lithuania, a new democracy, a new friend

Part Two: Lietuva by any other name. . .

I was curious about the history of the tiny nation of Lithuania once I landed there in September, 2004. More...