Miss S.C. USA in Hollywood

By Ashley Derham Zais, Miss South Carolina USA 2007 Editor’s note: Ashley Derham Zais is the granddaughter of Tom and Clare Derham Fincher and the niece of Bill Fincher and Melita Fincher, all graduates of Dreher High School. Her parents are Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell M. Zais of Newberry. I have been very busy since being crowned Miss South Carolina […]

Olympia Community Festival

By Rachel Haynie The upcoming Olympia Community Festival April 21, 2007, was merely an idea shared by pastors in the close- knit former mill village. Collaborating are ministers from Green Street United Methodist Church, Whaley Street United Methodist Church, Southside Baptist Church, and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Their goal to enhance neighborhood unity took hold and blossomed. Now it has […]

Grits reign in New York City

By John Temple LigonTemple@TheColumbiaStar.com Inside New York City’s James Beard Foundation, the world famous destination for foodies, there was a South Carolina Lowcountry cooking convention at 7 pm, March 10. In attendance were 80 diners, with at least 10 from South Carolina. The venue was the former home of James Beard, the dean of 20th- century American cookery who died […]

Philanthropist comes to the rescue for Peruvian dinner

By Ceille Baird WelchWha’cha gon’ do? When you don’t know beans about cooking, let alone Peruvian cooking, you’ve already invited friends over for a home- cooked, five course, Peruvian meal and your loving spouse cracks up and tells you to Get Real? Who ya’ gon’ call? Sounds like a job for Dr. Anthony Imperial, world traveled philanthropic master chef. In […]

Columbians mediate with Azerbaijani lawyers

By Sydney KornegayCub@TheColumbiaStar.com Editor’s note: Azerbaijan is a country of Transcaucasia north of Iran on the Caspian Sea. It was a constituent republic of the USSR, known as the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1936 to 1991. Baku is the capital. Population: 7,910,000. “Lawyer speak,” with all its confusing clauses and legal lingo, is often impossible to understand. It’s even […]

Party Animals raises record $114,000

Free spay/neuter vouchers in March water bills

Contributed by The Gillespie Agency A record- breaking $114,000 was raised during The Animal Mission’s annual one- night fundraising event, Party Animals, held March 2 in Columbia. The Animal Mission is a non- profit support group for the Columbia Animal Shelter. Net proceeds from the event, approximately $95,000, will support The Animal Mission’s continuing free spay/neuter initiative- but in a […]

PETS, Inc. Opens Non- Profit Pet Shop

Health conscious pet owners can now find premium pet food and supplies at the newly opened PETS, Inc. Adoption Center and Shelter at 300 Orchard Drive in West Columbia. All products are quality- tested by PETS, Inc. Resolving containment issues, dietary deficiencies, shedding concerns, behavioral problems and poor hygiene has been a major part of the rescue mission since 1992. […]

S.C. soldier gets magazine from home

Story and Photo by Maj. Scott Bell, S.C. National Guard Historian Master Sgt. Phillip Jones of Columbia, a public affairs specialist with 38 years of service in the S.C. Army National Guard and 40 years of service as a photographer with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources gave Pfc. Brandon Corley of Newberry a copy of South Carolina Wildlife magazine […]

Star Profile Maria Frank markets Still Hopes

By John Temple LigonTemple@TheColumbiaStar.com There is only one Episcopal home for senior citizens in the Midlands of South Carolina. There is another in the Lowcountry and none in the Upstate. The South Carolina Episcopal Home at Still Hopes is just off Knox Abbott Drive between State Street and Ninth Street. It has recently expanded with accommodations for more than 400 […]

Innovista welcomes first major private sector tenant, Duck Creek Technologies