All about the Moolah

Pioneer lady wresters, The Fabulous Moolah and The Great Mae Young take on the big screen By Natasha Whitling It is hard to imagine that behind Lillian Ellison’s sparkling lavender suit, perfectly applied makeup, and decadent jewelry exists a fierce professional wrestler known as a The Fabulous Moolah. Ellison, a native of Columbia, has been in the wrestling business since […]

Hollywood and boiled peanuts


Allison Munn, Columbia native and co–star of What I Like About You on the WB, has the world before her. She has had recurring guest appearances on That 70’s Show , and guest starring roles on Law and Order: SVU, JAG , and Boston Public . She has had film roles including White Oleander and the upcoming Cameron Crowe film, […]

SC Archives and History Foundation announces new president

J. Walker Clarke of Columbia, cotton broker by trade, photographer and artist by avocation, officially assumed the presidency of the SC Archives and History Foundation at its regular board meeting July 27 at the SC Archives and History Center. Clarke accepted the gavel from outgoing president Robert G. Davidson, now retired from the trust department of Wachovia Bank, working on […]

Shoeman opens business in West Columbia

In June, 2004, Chuck Gerald saw the future, had a buyer for his business, and took a risk. He closed his business in Five Points. Gerald’s Shoe Repair could no longer compete with the shoe market. Customers found they could buy a new pair of shoes for the cost of repairing them. Not only did Gerald repair shoes during his […]

A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry contains poems written by Columbians

A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, Who escapes from his celestial realm Arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.

Taken from A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry In 1991, in an attempt to encourage and to celebrate poetry in SC, Bill Rogers and Gilbert Allen founded the Ninety Six Press. In 14 years, the Ninety Six Press has published 11 collections of verse by eight different South Carolinians. To date, the most popular title has been the anthology […]

Veteran senator receives honorary doctorate

SC State Sen. Kay Patterson was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of public service at USC commencement exercises last week. He was cited for his steadfast support of education and his outspoken role as a moving force in promoting and affecting positive changes for SC’s less privileged citizens. Following service to his country in the US Marine Corps, Patterson […]

Liverpool cottons to Columbia

Columbia cotton scholars and aficionados recently hosted resear-chers from the Liverpool National Museum working on an important international cotton exhibition. The contingent of museum curators were there to borrow artifacts and gather information about SC’s trade ties to the English seaport. While in the area, they were shown important cotton related documents at the SC Department of Archives and History, […]

The marriage of art and architecture

High tech art combines with old world products to create one-of-a-kind carved brick sculptures—maintenance-free works of art that are popping up across the country as freestanding garden sculptures, wall friezes and fireplace surrounds. Today’s brick sculptors often work from photography, manipulate the image in the computer, transfer to line art on paper, and then transfer that outline to the green […]

Beauty & the Beast, a family affair

Town Theatre’s production of Beauty & The Beast , September 9–October 8, features 61 actors including five sets of parents/offspring and three sets of siblings.        Kathy Hartzog’s nine– year–old–daughter Leslie has been coming to rehearsals and performances with her mom since she was 18 months old. Early on Leslie loved to memorize both songs and dialogue from her mom’s […]

Genealogy workshop to be held this weekend

What Civil War records have in store for those researching their family genealogy will be introduced during a workshop this Saturday at the SC History Center. Sponsored by the SC Archives & History Foundation, the 2nd Saturday workshop, Using Civil War Records in Your Genealogical Research, will be led by reference archivist Patrick McCauley. Available resources will be introduced and […]