Save our summers

Mark Sanford says no school before the third Monday in August.

Governor Mark Sanford signed a bill into law that restricts SC school districts from starting any earlier than the third Monday in August beginning with the 2007-08 school year. The bill was the culmination of a grassroots effort by parents from across the state spearheaded by Jeanette Henderson, a Charleston mother, and Larry McKeown, a Columbia father. This group of […]

Woman finds heart in bag of potatoes

“I know ya’ll think I’m crazy, but I’ve found a heart of a potato,” Ellen Anderson told some friends. “Oh, now you’re crazy for real,” her friends joked. Had Anderson’s friends seen what she was describing – a nearly perfect heart- shaped potato – they might have had a different reaction. Anderson found the odd specimen in early April in […]

Friends step forward for AIDS research

Friends step forward for AIDS research “Shoes – As You Like Them” was the theme of this season’s first Dining with Friends party. Guests arrived wearing everything from flip flops that flashed on impact to bright red and black cowboy boots. Strappy, jeweled high heels, painted clogs, and plastic three-inch slides with colored lights in the heels were just some […]

Making the world’s most reliable machine gun

At the end of Old Clemson Road near the Village at Sandhill sits FN manufacturing where they have been since 1980. FN is the easier way of saying “Fabrique Nationale,” as in the Belgian-based maker of small arms. FN is also the owner of Browning, the hunting guns manufacturer, and the name Winchester, which recently discontinued production. The factory cranks […]

A community impact with community involvement

Contributed byIris Garden Club With assistance from Historic Columbia Foundation, Columbia Green, and Principal Financial Group, many Iris Garden Club members completed the plantings at the Blanding Street entrance of the Robert Mills House on April 14, 2006. The club’s project was accepted by the Columbia Green in 2005 and was approved for a donation of $554.50 for plant material. […]

The walls may fall, but the friendships will last forever

On April 19, 2006, Carolyn Hall, Dreher Class of 1967, held a luncheon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Rhodes. The occasion was to get together some of the first graduates of Dreher High School. Three of the guests were the first graduating class (1941) to attend all three grades at Dreher. At that time, there was […]

A touch of American Idol comes to Dance Intensive

This summer 70 young dancers will train with a stellar team of instructors who work with stars such as Beyonc and choreograph shows like American Idol. Five of the country’s top dancers will break away from their action-packed schedules to convene at the 2006 Dance Intensive at The Columbia City Jazz Dance Company. “The four-day program is not for the […]

Buck honored on east and west coasts

On Saturday a hero was honored on the east and west coasts as over 100 friends gathered in the east at Pet Rest Cemetery in West Columbia to say goodbye to a national hero, Buck, the War Dogs’ Hero. There were four-legged friends as well, honor guard dog teams represented by Charleston AFB, Richland Co. Sheriff Dept., Lexington Co. Sheriff […]

Star Profile

Neil McLean of EngenuitySC

Starting out as a football player for Cardinal Newman and now running all over the Midlands as a player for technology and business interests, Thomas Neil McLean Jr. knows his way around. As the executive director of EngenuitySC, McLean’s push is in the New Economy, the mission of growing more knowledge-based businesses in central South Carolina. With the Next Energy […]


by John Temple Ligon

GM update General Motors’ share of the North American market has declined to 24% from 27% a year ago. In the mid-1980s, it was more than 40%. GM and GMAC together financed 5 million auto loans last year. They wrote 4 million extended warranties and mortgages worth $159 billion. US industrial output rises US industrial production rose 0.6% in March. […]