Purple craze

Purple martins return to Bomber Island

Finally the truth has been revealed, purple martins do not eat mosquitos! The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) held a Sunset Cruise Tuesday evening, July 21, to view the purple martins on Lake Murray. At 7:30 pm, the Southern Patriot tour boat glided through the water to the world’s largest purple martin roosting area, Lunch Island, also known as Doolittle […]

New filly charms Horrell Hill



By Warner M. MontgomeryWarner@TheColumbiaStar.com Lee Ann and Jim Stoddard of Horrell Hill have a new baby. They report that their filly, Dixie Lee, is quickly growing into the most darling little lady. Her confirmation is tops, and her color is black, but the Arabian Horse Association may call her a black/bay since she has had some fading from the hot […]

National competitors strengthen Columbia’s winning image



Mike Johnston’s busy week, in final preparations for the American Strongman Nationals July 21 and 22, included the usual pre-event errands: running around to pick up a few things. But what the U.S. Marine veteran-turned sports promoter was picking up for the Vista event was anything but usual. Among the apparatus to be used in the strongman competition are 375-pound […]

Inside the McNair administration

Phil Grose releases his first book, South Carolina at the Brink

Gov. Robert McNair is thanked by Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Estep of First Baptist Church of Columbia for his inscription in their copy of Grose’s account of his administration, South Carolina at the Brink: Robert McNair and the Politics of Civil Rights. The book signing with Grose was held July 14 in the upper gallery of the Thomas Cooper Library […]

Banker sails the Maritimes

Waves, whales, and (no) women

By Warner M. MontgomeryWarner@TheColumbiaStar.com Jack Boggs took the Explorers on a jib-by-stern adventure through the Canadian Maritimes at their meeting Friday, July 14. He recounted through slides and tall tales his trip from Sydney, Cape Breton, along the southern coast of Newfoundland to the French Island of St. Pierre 25 years ago to the day. The purpose of the trip […]

Retiree graduates from Guide Dogs for the Blind with Abigail



Contributed byGuide Dogsfor the Blind Robert Buchanan graduated June 24, 2006, with a black labrador/golden retriever crossbreed guide dog named Abigail at his side. The duo completed a month of intensive training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., in San Rafael, Calif. Buchanan is retired from the SC State Department where he held a number of positions over the […]

Kevin Fisher wins third consecutive Emmy



Kevin Fisher of Fisher Communications Inc. receives the Southeast Regional Emmy again in the Children’s Youth Program category. “Energy Tonight,” part of a three program series of environmental education shows done for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was this year’s winner. The takeoff of “Entertainment Tonight” features a cast of local middle school students playing Mary Hart and […]

The Animal Mission’s Yahoo!-Powered Fundraiser costs you nothing to give



Contributed byThe Gillespie Agency The Animal Mission, the non-profit support group for The Columbia Animal Shelter, has teamed up with Goodsearch, a Yahoo!-powered search engine to raise money year-round on the Internet. Goodbye Google. To give without spending a dime, bookmark Goodsearch.com or set it as your homepage. Then for each search on Goodsearch, an average of one cent will […]

Midlands Tech hosts Financial Planning Expo



Contributed byMidlands TechnicalCollege Whether you are already a certified financial planner or considering becoming one, Midlands Technical College is hosting an event designed to expose you to some key resources in the financial planning arena. The Midlands Financial Planning Expo presents a unique opportunity for the financial planning community to make connections, engage in conversation and get the latest information […]

Nuclear power vs. particulate emissions

Nuclear power is coming into a second phase of countrywide development

By John Temple LigonTemple@TheColumbiaStar.com USC is building a $17 million energy plant designed to use wood chips to produce 85% of the heat necessary for campus buildings. The process should save USC $2 million a year as the transition from natural gas to wood chips is complete. Under construction at the corner of Whaley and Sumter, the plant and its […]