March 20, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

On Second Thought

Thirty- something speaks

The Lottery is killing convenience

The lottery should be stopped immediately. Those silly card games and anything remotely associated with Powerball need to be abolished. They are ruining my life. More...

These dogs are really hot

Cops in Bridgewater, New Jersey, are investigating a house- breaking in which eight guns are taken, according to the Courier- News. Gun thefts get lots of attention these days because of what's happening with firearms all over the country. More...

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

Censoring war

I've mentioned Mickie Reed before. My fifth grade teacher and one of the seven great influences in my life, Mrs. Reed taught me how important learning was and that why is the most important word. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Comptroller general wants you to know where your tax dollars are going

S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom is working to make local government spending more transparent, and he's turning to the public for help. More...

Registry for fathers will speed up adoption process

A statewide registry for putative fathers is being considered by the SC House of Representatives. More...

Forest Acres City Council meets March 10, 2009

The March 10 Forest Acres City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Frank Brunson. Those assembled were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Star Scouts Austin Smith, Hamp Alfred, and James Abney from Troop 8 of Incarnation Lutheran Church. More...

Education

Timmerman School achievements

Timmerman School is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and has advanced accreditation through that organization. More...

Blythewood Middle School teams up with Columbia College to empower girls

Blythewood Middle School and Columbia College have collaborated to form Girls Empowered, a leadership class for eighth grade girls. More...

Blythewood eighth grader to participate in National Geography Bee

Eighth grader Wendell H. "Hank" Estep has qualified to represent Blythewood Middle School and participate at the state level of the National Geography Bee, Sponsored by Google and Plum Creek Timber Co. More...

Events

Water tower in Melrose Heights gets makeover

The water tower on Gladden Street in Melrose Heights was built between 1925 and 1927. It has been the subject of many a dare from children who grew up in the neighborhood over the years. Some even claim they climbed it. More...

We are Olympia prepares for festival

We are Olympia held a short meeting on Monday March 16. There will be a clean up on Saturday March 21 at the Olympia Cemetery on Gramby Lane beginning at 9 am. More...

Choral festival at Shandon Presbyterian

Shandon cluster of churches Choral Festival presented by the Arts at Shandon will be Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm in the Shandon Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Free admission. Call 771-4408 for any further information. More...

Two Hours From Home

Greer, South Carolina

Driving Distance: 1 hour 48 minutes from Columbia

Greer began in 1876 as a tiny cross roads village or trading post and is now one of South Carolina's fastest growing cities. It is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — in the heart of the bustling Upstate. More...

Plowing, Praying, Paying, and Poisoning: A Lower Richland family thrives

Part 11: Cyber connections to the plantation

Ephraim Neal and his family left the Neal Plantation in Kingsville after the mid- 1800s. More...

Public Notices

Public Notices

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that California Chicken Grill intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale ON premises consumption of Beer, and Wine Only at 701 Gervais S More...

Masters sales

MASTER'S SALE 07-CP-40-6499 By virtue of a decree heretofore granted in the case of HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc. More...

The Artfull Bras Project hangs at SC State Museum

Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one- of- a- kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. More...

News

Madison Hall, a leader in home decorating since 1976

Certain small businesses like Madison Hall in Columbia plan on waiting out the current financial crisis by relying heavily on their fair and friendly approach to conducting business, according to Peter and Jane Dillard. More...

Sistercare honors two survivors

Priscilla Givens and Maureen Jennings were the honorees at Sistercare's Women of the Year Event on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Sistercare's Ad-ministrative Office, 1820 Morlaine Drive, Cayce, SC. More...

Medicare beneficiaries urged to maintain healthy diet

Medicare beneficiaries in the state of South Carolina experience higher rates of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart failure. More...

Business

City goes to trial

The city appears to be going to trial in defense against the plaintiff Stevens & Wilkinson, the Columbia office of an Atlanta- based architecture and engineering firm. Among in- town architecture firms, S&W is Columbia's largest. More...

Briefs

In God we trust. All others, cash. The State of Alabama over the past 18 months has lost about half the value of its state- run trust fund for parents, who prefer to pay off state college tuition long before their children enroll. More...

Folks about town

The Er ik Ruther ford Agency has been recognized by Allstate Insurance Company as the Rookie of the Year for South Carolina. Two Nexsen Pruet lawyers have been honored by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Association. More...

Society

SC Society Colonial Dames XVII installs officers

The SC Society Colonial Dames XVII Century held its 2009 State Conference February 20- 21 at the Columbia Clarion Hotel. The organization's 54th annual conference was hosted by the Captain John Chappell Chapter of Columbia, Mrs. Robert P. More...

Miss Schmale and Mr. Foster exchange vows February 21, 2009

Krisdee Ann Schmale and Charles Cantzon Foster II were married in First Presbyterian Church February 21, 2009. Rev. Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson performed the double ring ceremony. Music was provided by Dr. More...

Beta Sigma Phi International names winner of the Carolinas

Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority has named Judy T. Sturgis the winner of the 2009 Alpha Omega Award of the Carolinas. The award ceremony was held in Hilton Head, S.C. March 14, 2009. More...

Sports

Cardinals down Blue Devils

Cardinal Newman's tough back four dominated Dreher's offensive attack, and the Cardinals' offense simply overpowered the Blue Devil defense in a 3- 1 away victory on March 13. More...

Skyhawk header beats Falcons

The Hammond Skyhawks scored in the 49th minute and made the goal stand in a 1- 0 victory over the A.C. Flora Falcons at Bolden Stadium on March 17. More...

Bristow leads Hall over Hammond

On Friday, March 13 the Heathwood Hall Highlanders came from behind to beat the Hammond Skyhawks 7- 6. The Highlanders received a complete game from Melton Bristow, who also helped his cause with two RBIs. More...

Travel

A Visit with the Anasazi

(A Flashback to August 15, 1991)

We hit bottom at 4 am. The air mattress had let us down once again. This time in the Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. More...

Beauty in the Backyard

Five points goes green

St. Pat's in Five Points March 14, 2009, brought out the green in everyone.

Aaron von Miles won first place in the Leprechaun Contest More...

The newest SPIN on the Family Food Garden

Stopping to smell the flowers

Since Victory Gardens were planted at private residences and on public land during World Wars I and II, families have been receiving encouragement to grow their own food. More...

Riverbanks welcomes three black- necked swan cygnets

Chicks can be seen in the pond at Riverbanks' Bird Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announces the birth of three black- necked swan cygnets (baby swans). On Friday, March 6, the parents carefully guarded the nest as the eggs they had tended to for nearly 36 days began to hatch. More...