Tunnelvision gets a touchup

By Mimi M. Maddock Photos by Amanda Taylor Blue Sky, who grew up in Columbia as Warren Johnson, returned last week to his home town for a brief visit after his move to Los Angeles. Sky graduated from Dreher High School and was a protegé of Moselle Skinner, the beloved art teacher to which the 1960 Blue Devil was dedicated. […]

Community says farewell to favorite letter carrier

By John Temple Ligon Photo by John Temple Ligon Forest Hills held a lemonade social in honor of their favorite letter carrier, Cheryl Miller. Sam Clarke, neighborhood president, took up a collection to give as Miller’s parting gift. Host Catherine Mabry organized the catering supplied by her neighbors. Miller has walked the neighborhood between Gervais Street and Forest Drive for […]

Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center opens in Eastover

Contributed byRichland SchoolDistrict One NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson paid a visit to the town of Eastover for the grand opening celebration of the Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center at Webber Elementary School in Richland One. The center will provide youths and adults in the Lower Richland area with access to state–of–the–art computer technology, career training, and more. […]

Drinking Liberally


By Amanda Taylor Photo by Amanda Taylor On any given night, in bars all over Columbia, you can find liberal drinkers. But it’s only on Tuesday nights at the Flying Saucer that you can find people “Drinking Liberally.” These folks are part of the Columbia chapter of Drinking Liberally, an informal inclusive Democratic drinking club with chapters across the country. […]

Meet the MOD Squad

A secret band of mothers hunts for the best dining experience

By a MOD Squad member Every week they gather discreetly at a pre–disclosed dining location. The circle of mothers, sometimes with their children in tow, are looking for the ideal restaurant to enjoy good conversation and good food. They call themselves the MOD (Moms Out Dining) Squad. This secret band of women puts in a good word for restaurants that […]

Local racer finishes in the top ten

Local UARA STARS Racer Nick Hutchins finished seventh in the Food City 150 at Bristol, TN, last weekend despite ignition problems after a red flag restart late in the race.

Lt. governor struts through okra in Irmo

Six–year–old Kassie Lee of Lexington travelled the Okra Strut Parade route on the shoulders of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Saturday. Kassie and the Republican lieutenant governor are distant cousins.

Canine evacuees need homes

This bunch of puppies arrived in a really good mood. We think they were happy to just to have a dry van to ride in. This photo represents two unrelated litters of black lab mixes. The survivors are wearing blue collars and the “Gulf Coast Pups” are dressed in red, white & blue stripes.  They appear to be about 8–10 […]

Tannahill Weavers to entertain at Legion

Contributed byDanny Skinner Photo courtesy of Danny Skinner On Friday, October 7, at 7.30 pm the American Legion, 200 Pickens Street, once again becomes the great Hall of Scots when the Tannahill Weavers, Scotland’s classic Celtic group, will perform in Columbia during their tour of the US. Amid tartan banners, flags, sounds of bagpipes,fiddles whistles, flutes, guitars, and vocal arrangements that […]

Katrina evacuees find a home at Windsor Elementary

Eleven children from the ravages of Katrina are now students at Windsor Elementary School in Richland School District Two

Last week I paid a visit to my old school, Windsor Elementary, where I spent six great years. I discovered that as of last week 67 students from the storm–ravaged Gulf Coast had entered Richland Two schools. Eleven of those children from six different families have come to call Windsor Elementary home. The children at Windsor recently held a Hat […]