March 21, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

On Second Thought

Thirty-something speaks

Men have a button in the back of their heads

My mother is convinced that all men are born with a button in the back of their heads that is activated when they sit in recliners and lean against the headrests. The button then signals the brain and it's lights out for the men. More...

It's not a criticism, it's an observation.

Ancient remedies vs American stuff

Have you seen the ad for Kinoki? This thing looks like a Stay Free mini pad and claims to be an ancient oriental miracle medicine that sucks toxins from your body through the soles of your feet while you sleep. More...

Robbers! always check out the guys in the back room

O'Dell makes a really bad mistake when he selects the Boot Hill Saloon for his next robbery victim. He's been robbing bars for weeks and, so far, the cops have not caught up with him. But O'Dell's luck is about to run out. More...

Business

Main Street is almost all right

Principals from the Washington- based office of Economic Research Associates instructed and briefed their audience of retailers, residents, shopkeepers, developers, building owners, elected officials, city agency heads, and stakeholders in general More...

Briefs

A big loss, but not that big Investors in business with Al Parish, a former Charleston Southern University economist, lost between $60 million and $80 million. Earlier estimates of their losses came to $90 million. More...

Sally Roach of the Township Auditorium

Star Profile

In its 78th year, Columbia's Township Auditorium looks pretty much as it did when it opened in 1930. Designed by George and Robert Lafaye, its front fa More...

Society

Nominations Sought for Lucy Hampton Bostick Award

The Friends of the Richland County Public Library are seeking nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award. More...

Executive director Historic Columbia Foundation speaks to DAR members

The USC Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met this month at the S.C. State Museum. Stories of great women in American history were shared in honor of Women's History Month. More...

Miss Wrenn and Mr. Pridmore plan July 2008 wedding

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Wrenn of Chapin, South Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Elizabeth, to Michael Jared Pridmore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Pridmore of Gaffney, North Carolina. More...

Events

It's happening right here in your community

Send your event to mimim@sc.rr.com a week before you wish it to be published.

ART The City of West Columbia is seeking local visual artists to participate in the 2nd Annual Riverwalk Music Festival on April 19. More...

Travel

Pineville, a historic refuge

Part 50: More Memoirs

My uncle, J.K. Gourdin IV, wrote a 46- page memoir just before he died in 2004. This is a continuation of his memories of life in Pineville in the 1930s and 1940s. I have edited his words but not his thoughts. Aunt Mattie. More...

Confederate memories alive in Florence

Florence, S.C., was just a railroad junction prior to the Civil War; however, during the war the little town became host to several major Confederate institutions: a hospital, a prison, and a cemetery. More...

Explorers chow down

USC professor Brian Helmuth (r) and his wife, Patrice, enjoy a broasted hissing cockroach at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City March 16. More...

Kudzu Queens strike before the storm

Once again the Columbia Kudzu Queens made their regal appearance in the St. Pat's Parade before hitting the streets of Five Points to raise money for SisterCare. At 4 pm, St. Pat's activities in Five Points closed due to a severe storm approaching. More...

News

Mullins family donates valuable Civil War letter to the South Caroliniana Library

A letter written by South Carolina soldier, William Sidney Mullins that captured the gory details of the battle of First Manassas, will find a new home at South Caroliniana Library at USC. Edward Mullins Jr. More...

Where do your tax dollars go?

Easy access to local government spending became available in S.C. in early March 2008 at www.ssl.sc.gov/Spending- Transparency. Gov. More...

Indian Waters Council honors its most outstanding Boy Scouts

Photo contributed by Jessica Lee Dunning The 2007 Eagle Scouts Class of the Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America was honored March 13, 2008, at Embassy Suites. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council meets March 11, 2008

Public hearing The March 11, 2008 Forest Acres City Council Meeting was preceded by a lengthy public hearing to discuss rezoning a 6.9 acre parcel at 4128 Forest Drive from public to semi- public use. More...

Richland County Council meets March 18, 2008

Roll call Chairman Joe McEachern, Vice Chair Val Hutchinson, Joyce Dickerson, Norman Jackson, Damon Jeter, Paul Livingston, Bill Malinowski, Mike Montgomery, Greg Pearce, Bernice Scott, and Kit Smith were present. More...

Columbia City Council meets March 19, 2008

Roll call Columbia City Council met Wednesday morning, March 19, at 9 am in City Hall. All members of city council were present: Daniel Rickenmann, Sam Davis, E.W. More...

Education

Triaging the train wreck of climate change

Brian Helmuth, associate professor of biological sciences and marine science at USC since 2004, received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Washington. Early in his career, he discovered his beloved coral reefs in Belize were dying. More...

Rotary Club of the Vista Night contributes to Forest Heights Elementary class

Members of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the Rotary Club of the Vista Night celebrated with students at Forest Heights Elementary School. More...

Future journalists from A.C. Flora attend conference

AC Flora High School newspaper and broadcast journalism students attended the Southern Interscholastic Press Association Convention (SIPA) Feb. 29- March 2 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Columbia. More...

Sports

Skyhawks on the Lamb from Cardinals

Baseball - March 14, 2008

Andrew Lamb pitched five strong innings, and five Hammond players had at least two hits as the Skyhawks defeated the visiting Cardinal Newman Cardinals 12- 2 Friday, March 14. More...

Highlanders score nine late to down Skyhawks

Boys Lacrosse - March 17, 2008

The visiting Heathwood Hall Highlanders scored nine goals on 13 shots in the fourth quarter to put away the inaugural Hammond Skyhawk lacrosse team 18- 6 Monday, March 18. More...

From the Columbia Regional Sports Council

Rowing teams choose Columbia Once again several rowing crews from around the nation have come to the Richland County Rowing Center for spring training. Teams include Syracuse University, Colgate University, Tabor Academy, and St. More...

Public Notices

Public Notices

SPECIAL REFEREE'S SALE 07-CP-40-6288 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Berkshire Place Homeowner's Association, Inc. Against Shirley C. More...

Beauty in the Backyard

Roll call to Spring

Just as teachers call roll in their classes, gardeners call roll among their garden plants and visitors. Especially in late winter and early spring when dormancy breaks across the Midlands, gardeners have daily data to note and record. More...

S.C. Species Targeted in Project Budburst

American linden, Basswood, Tilia americana; Beaked hazelnut, Corylus cornuta; Black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia; Boxelder, Acer negundo; California poppy, More...

Garden of the week

Armando and Jeanie Ferrer

West Columbia Photos courtesy of Diane Waddill Armando and Jeanie Ferrer of West Columbia have this week's featured garden. More...