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Commentary

Stinking Little Skunks

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

A man in Ferndale, Michigan, is making headlines in the Great Lake State and beyond after setting his house on fire trying to chase off a family of skunks living in his crawl space.  The homeowner tried to evict the skunks by using a homemade sm More...

Don’t skimp on the shrimp

I’m just saying...

This past weekend, my husband Marty decided he wanted to make one of his signature dishes, Beaufort Stew. More...

Dieting, dishes, and Dan Marino

40–Something

There’s a great paradox on television these days. Most mornings my channels are filled with celebrities like Marie Osmond or Dan Marino telling me how easy it is to lose weight. More...

Business

Riverbanks expands executive division of senior leaders

Dave Ruhl is the newest member of the Riverbanks family. He joined the Zoo’s flock of senior leaders in January as chief operating officer.  More...

City Snippets

Residents pay sixth lowest property taxes  A report from WalletHub. com reveals South Carolinians pay the sixth-lowest property taxes in the nation. The state’s effective real estate tax rate was 0.57 percent, tied with Colorado. More...

Folks About Town

Emma McGraw Myers has been appointed state president for AARP South Carolina. Columbia Councilmember Tameika Isaac Devine has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Council on Youth, Education, and Families. More...

Society

Third Annual Deckle Edge Book Festival celebrates S.C. writers

For 16 years Columbia has been the location of the S.C. Book Festival presented by the SC Humanities Council. After the decision to end the festival several years ago, a group of volunteers decided to create a new nonprofit, Deckle Edge.  More...

Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands celebrates local Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of South Carolina–Mountains to Midlands honored four women at its 25nd Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on March 1.  More...

Flood recovery funds available for repairing small rental units

Owners of rental structures with four or fewer units that were damaged by the October 2015 flood are encouraged to register for recovery assistance through the Small Rental Rehab Program beginning in February. More...

Events

Events

•ANIMALS Carolina Wildlife Center will host its annual Baby Shower for animals March 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m and 25, 1–4 p.m., Carolina Wildlife Center, 5551 Bush River Road. Visit carolinawildlife.org to view the supply wish list. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Columbia Classical Ballet brings the windmill chasing Don Quixote to the Koger Center

There are few ballets with such amazing choreography that they are perennially celebrated and adored. Don Quixote is one of those ballets. Columbia Classical Ballet will perform Don QMarch 9 at 7 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. More...

John Work Chorus to present concert March 30

Second Calvary Baptist Church and the John Work Chorus of Booker T. More...

Travel

Arbeit Macht Frei

(Conclusion)

June 1991. The sun was shining. Flowers were blooming. Birds were singing. But the air was screaming with the horror of four million people walking to their death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. More...

Winederlust

A Riesling Revelation: Why you need to drink it now

Truth be told, you should’ve been drinking Riesling all along. But many people associate Riesling with being sweet, which can be off-putting to many would-be imbibers. More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

SUMMONS  STATE OF  SOUTH CAROLINA,  COUNTY OF  RICHLAND, IN THE  COURT OF COMMON  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...

Notice of Application

NOTICE OF APPLICATION   More...

State Champions!

Full Story

On Second Thought

The impact of oral histories on the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative

Over the last three years, the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, a partnership of Historic Columbia, has collected more than 50 oral histories from former and current members of the community.  More...

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia More...

Tax Reform

Late last year, House Republicans made history by passing the first meaningful tax reform bill in a generation. I am grateful families all across the Second Congressional District are already seeing the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Hamilton–Owens Airport adds $16 million to local economy

A new study by a statewide organization shows Richland County’s airport contributes $16.1 million annually to the local economy.  More...

Filmmaker/ playwright forms new social/civil rights group

Filmmaker/play - wright and community activist, Eugene “Gene” Washington, is forming a new social/civil rights group in the Midlands. More...

Feral cats take over Richland County Council meeting

The newly renovated council chambers was busting at the seams for the first time since Grand Opening. And the issue that brought all the people: feral cats. More...

Education

Three students recognized as technology leaders

Three Richland School District Two students have been recognized by the Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). More...

Technology, a balancing act

Technology. It is everywhere. And we cannot seem to get enough of it. More...

Student volunteer in the Zone

Twelve-year-old Harmonie Frederick’s volunteer philosophy is simple: Any one person can help and make a difference. More...

Sports

Lady Raiders are State Champs!

The Keenan Lady Raiders held the Mullins Lady Auctioneers to 13 second half points to win the 2A State Championship 51- 28 Friday, March 2 at the Colonial Life Arena. More...

Gray Collegiate wins first state championship

Tommy Bruner had a game- high 20 points, Juwan Gary chipped in 13, and Ty Rivers finished with 10 points as the Gray Collegiate Academy War Eagles won their first state championship with a 58- 45 win over the Carvers Bay Bears Friday, March 2 at the More...

Vikings are State Champs!

Junior guard and Clemson-commit Ashley Williamson woke the Lady Vikings from their slumber with two 3- point bombs with less than a minute to go in the first half, and Spring Valley set sail to its sixth basketball state championship with a 49-37 win More...

Home & Garden

Stories from the Garden

Stopping to smell the flowers

When horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Allan Armitage lectures about plants, he uses storytelling as a method to spark interest and store memories. His stories target the common names of plants. More...

Star Chefs

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole More...

Pets

Give peace a chance What to do when dogs are fighting

When I write the monthly training-related article for The Columbia Star, I try to think of topics that most dog owners can find useful, interesting, and educational. More...