March 12, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Owens Field Skate Park opens earlier than planned

Everyone was happy at the grand opening of the Owens Field Skate Park, but none more than the 100 or so enthusiastic skaters who swooped their way down the street snake run, did an “ollie” in the fun bowl, and landed a “kickturn&rd More...

Jean’s Journal

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Owens Field Park’s new custom concrete skate park is the only free municipal–owned skate park in the state. More...

On Second Thought

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

We need thick skin

Last month a British disc jockey got in trouble for playing a listener’s request. Steve Penk, who owns Revolution Radio and doubles as the morning DJ, received a request to play the Van Halen song “Jump” during his show. More...

Forty– something

Real men play with cacti

My seven–year–old son came walking up to me at the soccer fields the other day. He had a big grin on his face and a cactus dangling from his two fingers. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Homelessness heats up at Columbia City Council

At the Feb. 24 Columbia City Council work session, the proposed relocation of the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen was the issue of the day. More...

Melrose Heights Neighborhood Association meets

With spring right around the corner, residents may want to make improvements to their homes. If those plans call for building of a new structure, they will have to visit the Preservation Office. More...

Education

Dreher Class of ’59 gives back

Members of the Dreher Class of 1959 presented Jeanne Stiglebauer, the principal of Dreher, a check for $1,500 for the Dreher Foundation Tuesday, March 2, 2010. More...

History of Columbia Schools hits the market

The first history of Columbia schools was released this week at the Richland One school board meeting, Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Dr. Warner M. More...

Dreher alumni give art to permanent collection

Alumni of Dreher High School who have made art a large part of their lives are being asked to make a gift of the art to Dreher’s permanent collection by fellow alumni Carol Pittman. More...

Events

Town Theatre brings Buddy Holly back by popular demand

Contributed by Town Theatre It took us a year to do it, but we’ve reassembled the cast, crew, and musicians and will bring Buddy, The Buddy More...

Relief for spring fever at Dance, Dance, Dance

For those looking to relieve spring fever, the South Carolina Philharmonic recommends an evening of energy at Dance, Dance, Dance on Saturday, March 27, 7:30 pm at the Koger Center. More...

Three–D Players of Dreher High School presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Oh What fools these mortals be!” The cast and crew for Dreher’s A Midsummer More...

Pets

The Pet Sitter — 19 years of loving care

“Most people we work with think of these pets as their children, and we feel the same way.” —Elaine Baskin

When Weemie and Elaine Baskin told friends and neighbors about their new pet sitting business in 1991, they were met with laughter, confusion, or both. More...

Party Animals 2010

Get ready to rock the house for a great cause with live music, open bar, delicious food from The Blue Marlin Signature Catering and fabulous auction items. More...

Da nger

Household poisons are not the only thing that can harm your pets. Many common household foods and drugs can also be toxic to your pets. The following are foods that can be toxic or poisonous to your pets. More...

Councilman resigns

E. W. Cromartie forced to give up seat on Columbia City Council and his law license

After 27 years in office, District #2 city council member E. W. Cromartie II resigned under pressure Tuesday afternoon, March 9. In a plea agreement Cromartie admitted to federal authorities he failed to pay $25,316 in federal income taxes in 2004. More...

BC graduate wins Miss Greenwood

Kelli Stroud won the 2010 Miss Greenwood Pageant Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Greenwood, SC. She received a $1000 scholarship. She will now compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held in Spartanburg, SC at the end of June. More...

News

West Columbia

tCenter Street, 500 block: A man called police at 3:30 Thursday after he said his former neighbors were stalking him. More...

Suicide inspires Hidden Wounds

Last year 20% of reported suicides involved veterans

On October 19, 2009, Marine Lance Corporal Mills Palmer Bigham took his own life after struggling for months upon his return home from active military combat in Iraq in 2008. More...

NAMIWalks for the Mind of America

Register for NAMIwalks at www.nami.org/NAMIWalks/SC/Columbia

A Kick–Off Luncheon for the 2010 NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, sponsored by local businesses Long’s Drugs and The Columbia Star, was held at Embassy Suites March 8. More...

Business

Film production in S.C. comiing or going?

Released early last month, the movie Dear John, More...

Briefs

Real estate lecture More...

Rhonda Hunsinger of the S.C. Philharmonic Orchestra

Star Profile

The South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1963. More...

Society

Miss McMaster and Mr. Rain plan Ma y, 2010, wedding

Mr. and Mrs. William Gourdin McMaster announce the engagement of their daughter Ida Dargan McMaster to Robert Edward Rain of Dallas, Texas. More...

Sports

Skyhawks’ improbable comeback sinks Dreher

For the past five years, the script would have written itself. More...

Shandon gets third straight title

Shandon Presbyterian Church’s boys’ sixth grade basketball team won both the regular season Columbia Interfaith Basketball League championship going undefeated and then won the tournament More...

Spring Valley can’t hold back Lady Gators

Spring Valley’s bid for a second straight girls 4–AAAA State Championship came up short despite a 27–10 lead at the end of the first quarter. More...

Travel

An Interlude in France

Part 14:: Château de Lunéville

The Verdun battlefield was such a shock that quiet filled Olivier’s car as we drove through the rolling farmland of Lorraine to Lunéville, another historic site. The Château More...

Beauty in the Backyard

Tangled tresses of a seasonal showgirl

Stopping to smell the flowers

Sometimes referred to as the ugly duckling of winter shrubs because of a prevalence of tangled twigs and thorns, the late winter flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa, transforms into a showgirl specimen wearing clusters of white, pink, red, rose, More...

“Spring in the Garden” at USC McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina McKissick Museum’s “Spring in the Garden” fundraiser and reception will be held 2–5 pm, Sunday, March 14 in the urban gardens of Belinda and Richard Gergel, located in the University Hill neig More...

Star Chefs

Corned Beef and Cabbage Contributed by Pam Clark More...