March 5, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Kenny Whitaker wins Susan T. Demasi Athlete of the Year

Kenneth J. Whitaker, or “Kenny,” as he is known to friends and family, is the 2009 recipient of the Susan T. Demasi Athlete of the Year given by the Special Olympics of South Carolina. More...

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Enjoying the Winter Olympics

Like everybody else, I was watching the Winter Olympics last week; switching between a women’s curling match featuring Belarus and Slovakia and a Nordic combined endurance race. More...

Forty– something

Is there a Heisman for poot noises?

Did New York Yankee great Derek Jeter wear his glove on the wrong hand and his hat sideways long before he became one of the greatest baseball players in major league history? More...

Business

City Council District 4 fields campaign questions

All five candidates for District 4, Columbia City Council, responded to nine questions from The Columbia Star. The deadline was midnight, Sunday, February 28. All but Kevin Fisher made the deadline. More...

Folks about town

Colleen Stevens will serve as the marketing representative for Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling. Allyson Way Hank has been elected to the board of Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. More...

Columbian, pioneer in the steel industry

Walt Langford was the speaker for the Golden K Kiwanis Club’s weekly meeting at the Capital Senior Center. He told of his experiences in the field and growth of steel and other metals in the industrial world. More...

Society

“Woody” White Williams Jr.

Woody Williams, 79, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 6:30 am. The family is accepting visitors at Mr. Williams’ home. More...

Miss Halloran and Mr. Medlock plan June 2010 wedding

Amanda Elizabeth Halloran and Thomas Travis Medlock Jr. announce their engagement. More...

Learn to conserve and restore art

Owning a fine piece of art is a privilege; caring for it is a responsibility; and restoring it after damage is a necessity. More...

Events

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church presents The Living Last Supper

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Ancient Order of Hibernians presents St.Patrick’s Ceili

Ceili (kay–lee) is an Irish term for a night of Irish music, fun, dance, and laughter. Come to the Ceili Saturday March 6. Doors open at 5 pm. Ceili starts at 6 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1623 Marion St. More...

M is for March — and Music

Columbia’s singing voices will be heard all around town throughout the month of March. A full calendar lists special concerts by various vocal groups this month. More...

Beauty in the Backyard

First flowering fruit tree blossom of the year

Stopping to smell the flowers

In addition to the recent parade of snowmen characters throughout Columbia, one of the most delightful visual surprises was the spray of deep pink miniature rose–like blossoms of the rounded crowns of Japanese flowering apricots. More...

A cherished part of the planet

Columbians who live in the Bloomwood area can go for a walk on the beach – so to speak. Their treasured tract of ancient trees and a bald cypress swamp was once the shoreline of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. More...

March garden reminder

Divide those clumps of perennials that have become too large. Prune pear and apple trees by removing the crossed, dead, and/or diseased branches, and water sprouts. Check plants for insects. More...

LRADAC opens new 60,000 sq. ft. facility

It’s taken ten years of red tape, but on February 23, the employees of South Carolina’s Lexington/ Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC) were finally witnessing their long sought dreams come true as they gathered with city off More...

The Therapy Place fulfills a dream

Dawn Darby and Susan Abell, co–founders of The Therapy Place, have a dream to bring traditional and innovative therapy programs for special needs children to Columbia. This dream is becoming a reality. More...

News

New academy means more trained police officers and jail custodians

Politicians, lawmakers, and Gov. Mark Sanford were on hand February 24 at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy’s groundbreaking for its first large expansion since 1988. More...

West Columbia

tBurlie Drive, 100 block: A woman called police at 2:30 am Thursday after she said her boyfriend of eight months had assaulted her. More...

The most infamous South Carolinians

“Who is the most infamous South Carolinian?” asked retired lawyer James Fowles. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Columbia Council of Neighborhoods meets

A new mayor isn’t the only office available for the 2010 election year. Three other seats are part of the election ballot, at–large and District 4 and District 1. Incumbent Sam Davis is running unopposed for the District 1 seat. More...

Shandon Neighborhood Association meets

In November 2009, the Shandon Neighborhood Association began working on extending the designation protection that currently exists in the Shandon neighborhood. More...

Hyatt Park/Keenan Terrace Neighborhood Association

With the elections for the Columbia City Council At–large seat a little over a month away, the Hyatt Park/Keenan Terrace Neighborhood Association members invited the candidates to their March 2 meeting for a debate. More...

Education

A.C. Flora crowns 2010 Miss Falcon

The 2010 Miss Falcon Pageant winners at A.C.Flora High school are, (l–r) Miss Senior, Serena Jacobs–Austin; Miss Junior, Logan Adams; Miss Falcon, Brittany Flemming; Miss Sophomore, Jade H More...

Author Sharon Flake visits Blythewood Middle School

Author Sharon Flake spent the day with the students of Blythewood Middle School recently. More...

Columbia College, Midlands Tech formalize, expand programs for transfer students

Columbia College and Midlands Technical College (MTC) formalized an agreement that allows a more seamless transition into Columbia College for MTC students who aspire to earn a four–year degree there. More...

Sports

Heathwood Hall can’t catch Lady Dolphins

Heathwood Hall’s A’ja Wilson had 22 points and four blocks, but it was not enough to get the Lady Highlanders by the Hilton Head Prep Lady Dolphins at the SCISA 3A girls’ semifinals in Sumter Friday night. More...

Hall battle goes to Heathwood

The Heathwood Hall Highlanders jumped out to an 11–1 lead against the Wilson Hall Barons and barely looked back winning 58–40 in Sumter Friday night at the boys class 3A SCISA semifinal basketball tournament. More...

Raiders pull away in second half to advance to state title game

The first half of Saturday’s contest between the Southside Tigers and the Keenan Raiders was a close contest between the two squads. More...

Travel

An Interlude in France

Part 13: Verdun the Terrible

“The ravines of death swallowed up entire units…The hill screams beneath its crown, night after night.” More...