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January 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres More...

The Columbia Curmudgeons

Forest Acres P.D. M.I.A.? Dear Curmudgeons- Previously feared Forest Acres P.D...where are you? Absent from the Forest Drive 500 for sure. Oh yeah, they are on Trenholm Road, where the pickins’ are easy. More...

A History to Hold onto: African Americans in Barhamville-Kendalltown

By the turn of the 20th century, African American suburbs had begun to crop up on the periphery of Columbia, encouraged by improved infrastructure, expanding public transportation, and downtown commercial growth. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council discusses rezoning a property on Forest Drive

Forest Acres City Council heard arguments on both sides regarding the rezoning of a property on Forest Drive at a public hearing held at its regular monthly meeting January 13. More...

Capital Rotary Club inducts new member

New Capital Rotarian Ben Carlton is welcomed into club membership by president Mark Bokesch and sponsor Bryan Goodyear. More...

Take This Phone and Glove It

Before you hit the road, you should “ Take This Phone and Glove It!” Started by a spine specialist and his family, this important grassroots campaign asks people to place their cell phones out of sight and out of mind, in their car’ More...

Education

School Stars

Amy Yao, an eighth grader at Hand Middle School, took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October of this school year. She scored a perfect 80 on the Math section of the PSAT. More...

Society

Mr. and Mrs. H. Thomas Fincher celebrate 60 years of marriage

Clare Derham Fincher and H. Thomas Fincher recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They met in 1953 while attending Dreher High School and were married at Shandon Baptist Church on January 10, 1955. More...

Do you remember?

Pronuncing names

I was raised in a family who emphasized words, name, and their pronunciation. Have you ever noticed how few proper names (last names) are pronounced correctly? More...

Bridge club crowns 2014 top player

Rhett’s Bridge Club (RBC) crowned the 2014 top player, Gretchen Dawson, January 15, 2015, at its game at Forest Lake Club. More...

Events

Events

•ANIMALS Repticon, a nationwide promoter of reptile and exotic animal expos, will bring its unique blend of vendors, breeders, and educators back to Columbia for a family-oriented, fun-filled event February 7 and 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Driving Miss Daisy

opens at Town Theatre

Take a ride down memory lane and get ready to experience the magic that made Driving Miss Daisy a Pulitzer Prize winning hit and an Academy Award winning film. More...

Bugs invade State Museum

Explore some of the world’s most common insects like never before in BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures opening January 24 at the South Carolina State Museum. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more. More...

Choirs of Carolina join forces for First Thursday event

The University of South Carolina’s premier choral ensemble, the USC Concert Choir, and USC’s largest choral ensemble, University Chorus, will present a joint concert Thursday, February 5 in conjunction with the citywide First Thursday on More...

Public Notices

Public Notices

Order State Of SOuth CarOlina COunty Of riChland The County of Richland vs. Williston Church of God, Inc. 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

Full Story

Name this famous Columbian

He was born in Virginia, received an M.D. degree in Philadelphia, moved to Ft. Motte, married a Southern belle, and set up a medical practice in Columbia. The couple had six sons, two of whom were killed during the Civil War. More...

Hundreds honor Martin Luther King Jr. with theme: Demanding Justice; Standing for Dignity

After a procession through the streets of downtown Columbia beginning at the steps of Zion Baptist Church on Gadsden Street, hundreds gathered on the north side of the South Carolina State House grounds for the annual King Day at the Dome sponsored b More...

News

Nickelodeon Theatre brings Burn to Shine, a film series to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia and the Beginning of Reconstruction

Several events are planned in Columbia during the next weeks and months as part of the city of Columbia’s official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of William T. More...

Olympia prepares for Crusher Run

We Are Olympia held its monthly meeting Monday, January 19. Darla Oldham, with Vulcan Materials, announced the quarry will host a media day Wednesday, March 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. More...

Commentary

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the Love of a Hamster

I’m just saying...

Recently I wrote a column about how my husband thinks I spoil our dog and cats. An old friend/roommate read it and emailed me he totally agreed with Marty, and he remembered when we were roommates how I had spoiled “that damned hamster.” More...

The Manliness of Vegans

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

We have friends who celebrate each New Year’s Eve with a party. Snacks, drinks, and fireworks are provided for the multitudes. Conversation and enjoyment is dependent upon each individual. More...

Business

Simplesurance, your one-stop insurance company

Simplesurance is a local insurance company that serves as the only “onestop” shop retail location for customers who want to buy a plan from the Federal Marketplace Exchange. More...

City Snippets

Harbison Hyatt has new owner More...

Folks About Town

Jeff Smith has joined the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence as director of business development. Army Pvt. Joshua Mashack has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. Mashack is the son of Willie Mashack. More...

Sports

Cardinal wrestlers take down Hammond

The visiting Cardinal Newman Cardinals wrestling team scored a convincing 57-19 win over its SCISA Region I-3A rivals, the Hammond Skyhawks Wednesday, January 14. More...

Lady Skyhawks win OT thiller against Ben Lippen

Hammond’s Ahlea Myers followed her own miss and banked in a shot with 13 seconds remaining in overtime to give her visiting Lady Skyhawks a hardfought 59-58 win over Ben Lippen in SCISA Region I- 3A action Friday, January 16. More...

Goodwin for Hammond over Falcons

It’s safe to assume much of the capacity crowd in the Ben Lippen gymnasium Friday, January 16 came to see Seventh Woods as Hammond took on the Falcons in a SCISA Region I-3A matchup, but it was Chevez Goodwin who stole the show pumping in a gam More...

Home & Garden

Cups of Sunshine

Stopping to smell the flowers

The race is on! What plants will be the first to flower in your garden this spring? Most of us are seeing daffodil leaves poking up through the mulch and we’ve started to find evidence of crocus awakening. More...

Star Chefs

Super Nachos More...

Travel

Lithuania, a new democracy, a new friend

Part One: First impressions, 10 years ago

Quite by accident I discovered Lithuania (the official name is Lietova.) ten years ago with my friend, Jim Fisher. There it was…pinched in at the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Latvia, Belarus, and Poland. More...